There is a famous idiom often misattributed to Otto von Bismark (it was in fact by the less famous American poet John Godfrey Saxe) to the effect that if you are a lover of laws or sausages, the less you know about how they are made, the better.
The idiom seeks to exhort those with freedom of knowing or choice, not those to whom the information has been forcibly removed and hidden from them by the government.
Forbidden Knowledge isn’t really as
powerful as people make it to be.
^This knowledge is just simply
knowledge hidden and put under a
table (metaphorically speaking).
The True Knowledge, the Knowledge
that is seen as a threat to the system,
is knowledge we can Apply. This is
why useless information is forcefully
taught in schools. They much rather
create docile machines who easily
conform to authority and recurring
debt/dead end job industries. They
prefer this rather than empowering
the people, young self made
Revolutionaries who take no shit and
stand up for what’s right, just, and
harmonious for all.
Someone once stated that “our problem is that we are not angry enough to create a life-changing revolution like other parts of the world.” That is poppycock.
The Kenyan people are in boiling umbrage.. The only problem is that they don’t know where to drive their angers at due to tribal divisions. The main reason for this is that the basis of philosophies on governance was banned by President Moi thus creating an information vacuum and a lack of vision basis among the masses. This basis of philosophies was Marxism.
In short, a revolution should be theoretical too, you cannot slave the people with what they don’t understand.
In Friedrich Engel’s position that there were three forms of Social Democratic struggle: political, economic and theoretical.
Koffi Anan stated, “The world is experiencing a crisis of leadership not a crisis of knowledge.”
I will be derogatory with Moi because as a natural predisposition, history never treated abrogators of knowledge and reason with acquiescence.
This is of course, not a comment from a moral standpoint but one of pure pragmatism. Mainly I am critical of any leader who capitalises on the ignorance of the masses. Ignorance that he directly/ indirectly caused.
Kenyans had lived under two successive autocratic one-man dictatorships. Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta, had started off as a nationalist and benevolent dictator before mutating into a chauvinistic bone-breaking autocrat that rued any dissent. He, like his successor, the semi-literate Moi, had transformed Kenya into a country that the late Josiah Mwangi Kariuki would famously lament, before his assassination in 1975, was “A country of ten millionaires and ten million beggars.” Under both Kenyatta and Moi, Kenyans had been turned against each other through artificial ethnic manipulation, competition and rivalries.
Kenyatta’s death came timely to avoid a further dampening of his legacies. However, excuse my French, Moi is the most stupid, non-visionary President Kenya ever had. I am 19 years old, asking about Moi from my elders, the only good thing I hear about him is the Nyayo milk. He was a semiliterate paranoid jamaa who ruled the country like an animal farm, mutilating all hard earned struggles and achievements of independence. His paranoia and illiteracy caused the country a lot of troubles, still felt to date.
In looking at how he got to power, then you will understand his paranoia. As owaah tells..
Moi knew he was a marked man, since Kenyatta had been dying for sometime now but no one could plan a transition (Njonjo, ever-so-creative, had charged some guys with ‘imagining the death of the president’ which it turns out, is a crime against a deity) so he had gone to his Nakuru home to hide. When he had to come to Nairobi to either be sworn in or executed in what would be today Moi Avenue. There was a militia group called Ngoroko, formed to ensure the presidency was not his and they had erected several road blocks to ensure Moi did not make it to Nairobi.
He was stuffed into the boot of a Peugeot 404 , his long hardened Kalenjin ass travelled almost all the way to Nairobi in that boot. And that was back when it took about almost five hours to travel the distance. Now, tell me if that will not cause you paranoia.
Ngoroko or not, .. One of the most egregious acts committed by Mr Moi’s government was the banning of all Marxism teachings and literature in all learning institutions and Libraries after the attempted coup in 1982. This created a serious information vacuum.
Marxism wasn’t designed to be arcane, abstruse or reserved for the enlightened few Political Science/ Philosophy and Economics students. Marxism is esoteric because Moi made it so.
During those days, Kenyatta, then Moi had banned Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s Green Book, Karl Marx’s books including Das Capital and The Communist Manifesto, George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross, I Will Marry When I Want, Petals of Blood, Detained: A Writer’s Prison Diary, Barrel of a Pen, Decolonising the Mind and Matigari and many other books, especially those that were deemed Marxist, Socialist or revolutionary. The repressive authorities used the Penal Code and autocratic fiat to prescribe anything they deemed wasn’t in the interest of “public order, public health, public morals or the security of Kenya”. These were vague, general and over-broad catch-all phrases that were used with predictable regularity to suppress and control the country in order to perpetuate the illegitimate power wielders of the day.
Moi even banned Shakespeare. But fast forward to the 1980s, The British Foreign Secretary comes to Kenya and he is told Shakespeare is no longer studied in our schools. He mentions it to the President, Moi talks about it publicly and decrees that the British playwright be brought back to our curriculum.
Then KICD Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development propeses Julius Caesar, But somebody in the Ministry of Education shoots down their proposal, thinking that in this play Shakespeare advocates violent revolutions. A correct reading of the play would have told this official that, in fact, the English Playwright poses the eternal question: Are violent revolutions justified? Anyway, they then propose Romeo and Juliet as a set book, this being a play that deals with the emotional turbulence in teenagers. On the flip side, Luckily, this time their recommendation is accepted; and this marks the return of the giant of English Literature.
YOU’RE LIVING AT A TIME OF EXTREMISM,
A TIME OF REVOLUTION, A TIME WHEN
THERE’S GOT TO BE A CHANGE. PEOPLE
IN POWER HAVE MISUSED IT AND NOW
THERE HAS TO BE A CHANGE AND A
BETTER WORLD HAS TO BE BUILT
AND THE ONLY WAY IT’S GOING TO BE
BUILT IS WITH EXTREME METHODS. AND
I FOR ONE WILL JOIN IN WITH ANYONE
I DON’T CARE WHAT COLOR YOU ARE–
AS LONG AS YOU WANT TO CHANGE
THIS MISERABLE CONDITION THAT
EXISTS ON THIS EARTH.
The more freedom we have, the more choices available to the people. The fewer freedoms we have, the faster hypocrisy will eat away at the heart of our society.
Our parents were denied Marxist stuff and look at the country now, tribalism, corruption, government debt, unemployment and myopic political selfishness have taken sway. What if the key to the third Kenyan Liberation lies in these philosophies and books? Yeah, yeah ignorance is bliss but information won’t kill us too.
If any of y’all wants any book on Marxism, matter of factly, if any of you wants any of those books named above, reach out to me with the book’s name on my Whatsapp – 0702161160 – My word is that I will send it to you PDF versions free of charge.
Lets see if these information that Moi banned will kill us.