The punchline I’ll tell you a sick joke. All my adult life, I’ve been a taxpayer and a law-abiding citizen, and all my adult life, the things that mean the most to me—knowledge, intellectual curiosity, and creative endeavour—have had no place in the society our politicians have assembled. A year and a half ago, I […]Read more "Independence, Culture, Identity: power, neglect and disrespect"
Here is the presentation I gave at today’s Progressive Forum.Read more "The Progressive Forum (3)"
Gowon Bowe’s presentation (what I could record of it). Forty-five minutes’ worth. Ran out of memory before he was finished.Read more "The Progressive Forum (2)"
Michael Stevenson’s presentation at the Progressive Forum.Read more "The Progressive Forum (1)"
There’s a common perception in The Bahamas, and perhaps in other parts of the world too, though I can’t speak to them, that democracy flourishes during election seasons, when the citizenry is given its chance to elect the people that will govern the nation in ordinary times. According to this perception, the power of the […]Read more "Why democracy is more than just casting a vote"
The problems that face us in Nassau are not unusual. They are not strange. They are foreseeable because they have happened to all cities. Our so-called solutions, our continued errors, are equally unremarkable. They are all absolutely, tiresomely predictable, and all the more so because the people implementing them are part-time dilettantes, people who are better at tearing down opponents and fighting elections than solving problems on a collective basis.Read more "Oban, the Glass Window, and other cautionary tales – Part III"
Any government I support from here on in must, must have a vision for the development of the whole Bahamian archipelago. This vision needs to be broad-based and involve a devolution of power. In other words, any government I support from here on in must recognize that it must be the architect of a loss of its central power. Sounds paradoxical, but it has happened elsewhere in the world, where nations were governed by individuals of principle, courage or vision. It is a question of short-term sacrifice for long-term gain.Read more "Oban, the Glass Window, and other cautionary tales – Part II"