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Video Self-Interest Part 1

Posted by accamv on November 29, 2012


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To Reduce Police Corruption

Posted by accamv on November 12, 2012

Police corruption is one of the major problems our society faces. We have had different administrations over the years and not one can claim to have made any progress in reducing police corruption. I am writing about this issue because it is an urgency.

Managing and reducing police corruption is tied to the creation of autonomous local , town and municipal governments. As I mentioned in my show “Voice of an African Child”, Towns should be allowed to manage their own affairs and their own budgets. The police should be employed by the local towns, so that their jurisdiction is limited only to the towns in which they are employed. Therefore a police officer in town “A” cannot be operating in Town “B”. When this happens the police can only take bribe from residents in his town or people passing through his town. Very soon the residents of the town , who also happen to be his employers would get to know about his corrupt practices, and the next logical step would be to fire him.

Besides at every town meeting residents would evaluate the performance of their officials and if the police service is not performing well they can fire and employ a new police chief.

As we have now, corrupt policemen with connections at the national headquarters are untouchable, and this spills over to other officers as well.

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Self Interest

Posted by accamv on November 11, 2012

Over the years I have heard comments about other societies and countries progressing in all sectors of development and the question “Why not us?” These helpless comments have come from all manner of people, rich, poor, local, Diasporas, young, old, male and female. We as a society have not been able to fundamentally change this condition in which we find ourselves. Until we make changes, the majority of our citizens’ freedom of thought and speech would continue to be truncated rights.

It is my opinion that we have not unleashed one of the most powerful attributes of human nature in a manner that is harmonious to the interest of our society, to correct the self imposed deplorable conditions we find ourselves confronted with. It is true to some degree that we have not approached the running of our affairs with a nation building mindset, which would make available to us critical fundamental changes.

The powerful natural human attribute I make reference to is the phenomenon of self-interest (with reference to Adam Smith). This phenomenon has been unleashed in every successfully developed society. One would say it is also present in economically unsuccessful societies; the difference is that it is not subject to appropriate restraints in unsuccessful societies, hence becoming a negative rather than a positive force.

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