Stealing Trump Cards in Africa

Stealing Trump Cards in Africa
Bamako, Mali, West Africa
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

An American is socially trained to believe all people are equal, and now with over 200 years of training, only a very minute percentage of Americans realize how the rest of the world works. Generally as simple as I can envision, the way of the world is,
- Might make right -

While as President Lincoln said,
- Right makes might -
- Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us to the end, dare to do our duty, as we understand it. -

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president.
Address at Cooper Union, New York

As my travel years pass, idle thoughts slowly turn change from confusion into clarity. With time passing, I accept the need to be ever vigilant of new social rules being applied in new cultures, however at the end of the day, the smell is always the same, might means right. If a person has the power, they have the right to do as they wish, and the people under are afraid of the people above.

As an American traveling in West Africa there is a glitch in the system, because we represent as Paul Theroux so astutely stated,
- Money-on-Two-Legs-

The best trump card is money, however difficult to steal, so with the an American and I suspect with the Europeans it is continually flapping of their jaws that we should naively follow them down some scammy road to loosen the money from our pockets. There is a never-ending set of extra cost if you start to pay, if you do not, then you do not. There also the poor me connected, and you should feel sorry for me, as the person answers a call now on his Mobile Phone.

Africa is prone to Marxism because it makes common sense when you have little knowledge of the world or history.

- the history of society is a history of class struggle in which the ruling class uses religion and other traditions and institutions, as well as its economic power, to reinforce its domination over the working classes. -
Karl Marx as explained in Encyclopedia Encarta.

The nations of the normal world are run by good old boy clubs, a family, a group, a monarchy, or something concerning a gun. In the end, the leaders have the money habit, and cannot stop.

- Once one has got the money habit, it is extremely difficult to kick it. -
Godfrey Golzen (1930 - )
British business writer.
Smart Moves, "The Money Junkies" (co-written with Andrew Garner)

Once a person has more than adequate amounts of money, people in general develop an unquenchable thirst for more money. I do not believe this quote or adhere to the fatalistic conceptions of the world, however there is some validity to the idea that the rich get richer.

- The rich have become richer, and the poor have become poorer; and the vessel of the state is driven between the Scylla and Charybdis of anarchy and despotism. -

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)
English poet. A Defence of Poetry

The poor do not get poorer, they remain the same, and the rich do appear to have a never-ending increase in money, and power, until the next Military Coup as so keenly demonstrated recently in Military Coup in Thailand when they ousted Thaksin.

Thaksin I believe was great for the country of Thailand, his direction, however skewed encouraged business grow, which in turn provides jobs, and with a job, a person is happy. Another example of creation of great wealth is Bill Gates and Microsoft, I believe selling good products at a good price; however do so well his company will forever be under attack.

The way West Africa works in my opinion, as they sit in the bottom of the barrel is might make right, with the religion and rich forever keeping the poor at status quo, unheard, uneducated and even if they do get an education there is no jobs, their best option is to leave, which probably make the leaders of the moment happy.

Might Make Right

Might is not right, therefore in the rules of might, to steal a trump card, to use a trump card is allowable in the rules of Trump Card Nations. If a religion can get an upper hand, if a politician can buy his way around, if a Chief, a Family, a Patriarchal some good old boys club can all agree on how to steal trump cards they can progress.

I used to believe that freedom of the press and the now unstoppable reach of the press would expose the depraved nature of leaders and the population would revolt. However, in a might is right situation, they only use this trump card as a way to put themselves in power.
- Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. -
The Who with Roger Daltrey a rock musician.

It is very hard to collect taxes from poor people, mostly they bosses get money from import-export duty and aid sent from nations, and my guess is 80 percent goes in a pocket of someone.

I was lying in a dorm bed in the Voyager Hostel in Panama around January 1, 2000, so about seven years ago when a young Israeli man said to me a comment that had entrenched itself in my brain.
- Send them Televisions they will self-destruct. -

I do not believe they will self-destruct, however a checks and balance is implemented with the Television and Cell Phone. The leaders of nation trying to collect money have discovered they can make themselves extremely rich if they promote the television and cell phone, similar to a the lottery a voluntary tax.

Extracting money from people is easier done when voluntary, the normal ways are:

- Sales of Purified water because the government keeps it bad.
- Lottery
- Gambling or Casinos

The leaders continue with the levy of no way to calculate import-export duty, a toll gate as you enter and leave any city, the walk into an large business that has to pay or go out of business, it is hard to put a poor person out of business. Then the extortion of money from all the rich natural resource, like oil, diamonds, uranium, etc.

Thaksin in Thailand made a major portion of his wealth from his cell phone company; he understood how the world works. Africa is learning the same, and the powers that be are adopting a free trade, capitalistic system that work, however probably the eventually demise of the good old boy system and trump card system.

Selling of information is not a great way to keep your people stupid, and for sure, a stupid person is easier to abuse.

Football, Music Television, Soap Operas, Cartoons, and Slap Stick Comedy is saleable as a voluntary tax. Oops, I forgot BEER.

Religion, Forced payment of taxes, Bribes, etc. just do not compete well when a young person desire to go watch television, better to sell a television and extract money on the cable access. The poorest of person will buy a cell phone, so right down to the bottom they government is able to collect money for their habit of money. A person will buy a cell phone, a television or a motorcycle before they would fix their house. Often the confusion with poverty, I am not poor, I think along lines of practical and healthy, however I am not bored, I do spend 24/7 bored out of my brain, I can read, I am mobile, I can leave, however if you are bored, a TV is great.

The capitalistic system provides the opportunity whereby a person with a good idea can sell it.

The selling of Beer, Cell Phones and Televisions with the resulting residual fee of Direct-broadcast satellites is profitable for leaders of nation. However, I truly believe they will eventually put tyranny out of business, as is a difficult sale.

There is no need to send them televisions and cell phones the nations of Africa are buying as fast as they can. This is good because I think they will stop stealing trump cards or extorting and understand earning money is easier when voluntarily paid.

Stealing Trump Cards in Africa


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