Democracy in Africa

Is a bad idea:

The Western model allowed an elected leader [of an African country] to use power and the state machinery to advance the economic interests of his ethnic group and exclude all others: Kenyatta of Kenya and the Gikuyu, Moi of Kenya and the Kalenjin, Biya of Cameroon and the Beti, Eyadema of Togo and the Kabye, to name a few.

Virtually all of Africa’s civil wars were started by politically marginalized or excluded groups.

In the West, the basic economic and social unit is the individual; in Africa, it is the extended family or the collective.


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