As promised at the end of Part One, I will now bring the analysis to the present and provide some definite answers as to 'where have our Caribbean economists been' and why they have returned with very little of practical value to offer either the emerging modern bourgeoisie or the working class of the region.
The prophet Jeremiah, agonising over the difficulty of trying to liberate a person's mind rather than his body, asked in the 13th chapter of his book: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?" Two thousand years later, the question remains relevant; and it is made current by those unwise Jamaicans bleaching in quest of a lighter shade of skin.
The year 2011 may be called a make-or-break year for those countries still reeling under the lingering impact of the global economic recession which started in 2008. This recession has been rightly dubbed the worst since the Great Depression which commenced in 1929.
The story titled 'Four vying to replace PNP's Harris' in The Gleaner dated December 29, 2010 initially made very interesting reading, then ended up with some glaring errors which clearly exposed your political reporter's lack of proper research as well as a lack of general knowledge of the political history of North Trelawny.
Clovis had a cartoon on Monday with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez energetically chopping away at private-sector infrastructure using an implement called 'socialism', while Brazil's just-departed President Lula was smilingly pushing a wheelbarrow titled 'Brazil's wealth' with one item included titled '20 million pulled from poverty', an obvious reflection of the latest Brazilian 'Miracle'.
The research reveals that, apart from St Vincent and the Grenadines' recent venture into that arena, no former British colony has held a referendum to sever its ties with the 19th century-created Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. That is a matter which those who advocate for that exercise to take place in Jamaica must contemplate.
As the year ended, a number of revelations this past December exposed the dangerous course destined for Jamaica's politics over the year ahead. These revelations take us inside Jamaica's politics of violence, specifically the relationship between the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the JLP government and the infamous Shower Posse.
We need new modes of thought for this new year. The old ways of thinking which got us in this mess are unable to get us out. One of the deficits in Jamaica today is the deficit of ideas - of alternative ways of thinking. We have lots of ideas as Jamaicans. But most of them are variations on the same bourgeois themes.
Our top athletes run faster than anybody else in the world, not just because of their excellent physical endowments and training discipline, but also because of the efficiency with which all their organs and muscles work together in a coordinated and sequenced way, to achieve the outcome of maximising speed over a given distance.
On Friday, December 3, a day that began like any other, I was made a criminal. After my morning routine, I headed to the FedEx office on Half-Way Tree Road, St Andrew, to post the contract for an academic article on freedom....
Raul Castro addressed the Cuban National Assembly on December 18. He cited the commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness" (lie). This ninth commandment is well-known. What is a politician doing quoting it...
I am at that time of life when prostate concerns loom large. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Jamaican men. It is a horrible and painful death. And the treatments for late-stage prostate cancer are almost equally horrible.