OLF: In celebration of a pragmatic politics – By Teodros Kiros (Ph.D)

August 6th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Contemporary Ethiopian parties are becoming smart. They have learned he difficult but necessary art of subordinating particular wills to the General Will, which matters, the will that unifies, the will that is propelled by a pragmatism which is guided by Ethiopianity framed by Andent, for the Ethiopian people, by the Ethiopian people and with the Ethiopian people.

I can imagine how nervous the killer machines of the prevailing regime are Now they know that Ethiopian parties are not going to be mystified by the politics of negative ethnicity any more. The new language of modern Ethiopian politics is not negative Ethnicity but the new concrete universal for Ethiopia, Ethioianity itself. (more…)

Contemporary Ethiopian parties are becoming smart. They have learned he difficult but necessary art of subordinating particular wills to the General Will, which matters, the will that unifies, the will that is propelled by a pragmatism which is guided by Ethiopianity framed by Andent, for the Ethiopian people, by the Ethiopian people and with the Ethiopian people.

I can imagine how nervous the killer machines of the prevailing regime are Now they know that Ethiopian parties are not going to be mystified by the politics of negative ethnicity any more. The new language of modern Ethiopian politics is not negative Ethnicity but the new concrete universal for Ethiopia, Ethioianity itself.

The pragmatic leaders have come to learn that the politics that lasts is not stubborn politics of ethnic essentialism but fluid, smooth, love centered-concrete universal of Ethiopianity enveloped in Andenet.

I hail the leaders of OLF for choosing flexible disposition over and against stubborn fixation. In the language of Machiavelli, virtue’ has won over virtue, the willingness to accommodate the times has replaced the decision to remain the same.

As Michael Deribe has brilliantly argued in his seminal article, Demystifying EPRDF,

Whenever there is a chance for us to discuss our concerns, as a people of one nation, the regime has been quick in scrambling it, and most of us, consciously or not, have assisted in widening the gap between us.

The cruel illusionists in EPRDF are adept at twisting our minds and they will work relentlessly to discourage us from pursuing our noble cause of living together. Unless we refuse to allow them to make for us the boxes within which we think we will become the hippos in the tale; a society that lost its unity, thereby loose its existence.

The pragmatic politics of OLF is now a potent force that would encourage other parties to do the same, as we Ethiopians surge forward to ask the regime in power to step down peacefully, so that the moribund Ethiopian state could rejuvenate itself under a new leadership guided by a new General Will, the will of the Ethiopian people, and not the will of leaders alienated from their own people, the people who fought with them and for them.

Now is the time for Ethiopians to wake up from our deep sleep and demand change as Ethiopians, for Ethiopians and by Ethiopians. Secessionism of all kinds must be denounced. Ethiopia’s Africanity must be the new song, the melodious song of Tedi Afro, the contemporary king of Ethiopian music.

TO be continued

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