Kwame Nkrumah Did Not Need to Surround Himself with Nice Guys. He was the Nice Guy. He Needed Executioners.
For instance, I don’t disagree with Kwame Nkrumah when he says that slavery evolved into feudalism and feudalism into capitalism.
However, after studying Kwame Nkrumah, I realized that Nkrumah was a peace-making philosopher-leader and a few of his ideas, and I mean just a few of his philosophies, needed improvement from someone like Narmer, the Warrior Philosopher.
In this way, every peace-maker needs a warrior as his best friend. There’s no peace without the tools of war! In other words, there’s no peace without Deterrence.
I will expand on my thesis more, but spare me a brief introduction:
We first need to understand that there was never an economic system in the west referred to as slavery per se. Although slavery underpinned much of the economic systems of the west. Feudalism enjoyed from the fruits of slavery. Capitalism too, enjoyed and still enjoys from the fruits of slavery.
What has happened, rather is the degree of removal of the [white] laborer (who’s placed nicely below the [white] administrator but above the slave) from the slave. In other words, under feudalism, the white elites didn’t care that the white laborers saw slaves more often. They even lived with some. Under capitalism in the American south the white laborers saw African slaves often too and even lived across the railroad from some.
Today’s modern capitalism has succeeded in hiding the slave systems (Prisons for instance) largely away from the perusing eyes of most [Black and white] laborers as well. But the plantations exist no matter what the system is called. In short: Slavery, or the slaver systems of the west, have not changed in western economies, only their degree of pervasiveness have changed.
Hmmm interesting introduction and look forward to seeing where it goes. Gives great context to the idea of “slavery by another name”
That wedge between the laborers and slaves is so thin. It’s not as if the laborers are really enjoying their lives with 25 minute lunch breaks. But they feel they are so much freer than the slaves so they are fearful of complaining.
All western economic systems, you would say, are based primarily on slavery! I will add that there’s an element of piracy as well, but of course to enslave others, you have to also be a pirate.
Yes, slavery did not evolve so to speak. It carries on, within these economies, mostly out of sight, with the same brutality in place.
“Every peacemaker needs a warrior as his best friend”
Love the term.
I want to learn to become that.
But am I more suited to be a Peacemaker Philosopher?
I was thinking the same thing. And I was thinking, if I am a peacemaker philosopher, then who would I trust to be my warrior philosopher
We need to refine our own systems taking a cue from what existed before.
Every society needs Peaceful Gods and Warrior Gods. You pick one and leave out the other, na your demise.
Even Yahweh (the Christian God) needs to go to war with Satan to make his Kingdom peaceful.
Na lessons oh. Thanks Narmer, the Warrior Philosopher.
A likable take. A Western observer also assessed Nkrumah as being a really moderate change seeker, but there was too much paranoia in Western capitals about the Soviet Union and socialism for policy makers there not to team up with eternally violence-prone terrorists comprising the opposition to Kwame at home in Ghana to unwisely overthrow him.
Now imagine if Nkrumah had a harder, more seasoned Executioner, the likes that even Kotoka would run away from? Imagine if he had the blessing of having Narmer around back then? Hehehe… but, just imagine!
I love this piece. This is why you are my friend. You straighten me once a while and particularly when I go soft.
My dear friend. Always.
Once I understood Narmer Amenuti
as a Warrior Philosopher, I just sat back and enjoyed the show.
When I don’t really want to say something, he comes up guns-blazing, leaving nothing to chance.
At first, it scares you. It did scare me. I wondered where this man came from? And then I saw Ntoaboma. Still, I was confused. From Ntoaboma? And relentless like that?
Those who don’t have a heart for the philosophically heavy, cannot read Narmer. I know! I know from experience.
My friends: this Narmer and Kwame Yeboah
! Kwame, you are brave meeeen. Not many can say what you have just said. You have a heart!
I couldn’t agree more. I hold a similar view. As a generational leader, securing your vision is non-negotiable in the scheme of things.