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

  1. Mesrak
    | #1

    God Bless you! Teodros you said it all.

  2. Tom
    | #2

    That’s great…what scares the crap out of woyyanne is a viable coalition…a coalition not based on the common agenda of overthrowing TPLF (the easy part if united) but based on a future brighter Ethiopian state built on the principles of democracy, equality and respect for all people.

    If OLF and ONLF are fighting for the people they claim to represent and not to become the next Shabias of “Oromiya” and “Ogadenia,” they will not hesitate to be part of a coalition whose fruit will benefit their respective people…why cling to secationism to death??

    The Oromos and Ogadenis’ should be well represented in an Ethiopian state to avoid being marginalized again…secationists will not bring Oromos, and Ogaden Ethiopians neither peace nor development.

    I expect a bigger and functional coalition unlike AFD that was formed just to attack TPLF …since its future goals were not discussed much, its future would have been disastrous!!
    If I ever expect any productive work from Ginbot 7, it would be the formation of a viable coalition! Nothing else!

  3. mmmmm
    | #3

    MMMMMMM_______dear ethiopians. pls forget
    olf & onlf. come on ppl. the great agazi know every movement of not onley olf & onlf but other narrow groop too. but they forgot one thing agazi is the big boss of the shabians kkk
    you can talk the talk but you cant walk. MMMMM.

  4. | #4

    I echo Tom’s opinions above.The tenor of his ideas are mine.

    I don’t subscribe to OLF’s (read ONLF as well) secessionist thesis of the Oromo question as a Colonial one.

    I don’t suppose that the thesis truly reflects the historic origin and ethnic development of the Oromo.

    I think it contradicts the reality of how ethnic identities in general have evolved and interacted with one another in Ethiopia over the centuries in terms of factors such as state and class formation; economic,social and political change as well as migration and intermarriage.

    More over,it seems to me that the secessionist thesis does not do justice to the aspirations of the overwhelming majority of the Oromo whose longstanding quest has been one of‘equity within the Ethiopian polity’.

    If the impulses of the much talked reforms within the OLF are in the direction of those desirable changes in the way the Oromo question has been framed by OLF so far,then there are,I believe, good reasons to recognize and laude those changes as positive pragmatic shifts.

    P.S.I hope I don’t come through as a negative commentator.I am only trying to point out a landmine on our way.And thanks Doc. for your decidedly positive piece.

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