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Liberia: some things need to stop!

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ.


๐๐”๐“๐“๐ˆ๐๐† ๐€ ๐’๐๐ˆ๐ ๐Ž๐ ๐ˆ๐‘๐‘๐„๐†๐”๐‹๐€๐‘๐ˆ๐“๐˜

IT IS WIDELY accepted that political stability has a strong correlation to economic development and growth. But did you know that political stability can be equally harmful to a country or at minimum, make it developmentally unfriendly?


IN TUNISIA, the birth place of the Arab Spring, in Egypt, the nursery of the Arab Spring, and Syria which has become the vocational center of the movement, there were relative political stability in these countries. But when political stability is achieved and maintained through the instruments of suppression and subversion, to the detriment of silencing voices and accountability, and deregularizing the rule of law and settling for quenching all opposition to the rule of the day, instability ensues, and economic growth is affected.


ONE EXPERIENCE that the Arab Spring countries had in common was the absence of good governance. Good governance is so important that literature on the subject holds that sustainable political stability and its accompanying economic growth cannot be achieved without it.



๐†๐Ž๐Ž๐ƒ ๐†๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘๐๐€๐๐‚๐„ calls for discipline. Indiscipline in governance ushers in political instability because a government or any political structure that isn't discipline isn't accountability. In lieu of discipline, a prolonged indisciplined body polity normalizes internal wrangling, and runs a literal high tension wire right through the core tenets of government thus sending shockwaves throughout the socio-economic fabrics of the society.


๐๐Ž๐‹๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐‚๐€๐‹ ๐ˆ๐๐ƒ๐ˆ๐’๐‚๐ˆ๐๐‹๐ˆ๐๐„ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐ˆ๐๐’๐“๐€๐๐ˆ๐‹๐ˆ๐“๐˜ have what I call a "seesaw relationship"--meaning as indiscipline gains more weight on one end of the seesaw level the propensity of instability rises on the other end. What ensues from this situation is that the higher the propensity for instability rises, regime change becomes an everyday conversation, and in prolonged instances, occurrences of political violence, decadence, demonstrations, and civil disobedience become the only tool for the governed.

THE ABOVE is the case of Liberia but with a slightly unique variation. It is only in instances where "governance" exists that one can talk about good governance or bad governance. For Liberia, especially under the current dispensation, it is unfair to measure and ascertain good governance or rate bad governance when governance isn't even happening.


๐‘๐Ž๐‹๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐Ž๐๐๐Ž๐’๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐๐Ž๐‹๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐‚๐€๐‹ ๐๐€๐‘๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’: In areas where governance is measured, the opposition political parties do have other responsibilities outside of militant advocacy, as well as beyond replacing dialogue or constructive national engagement with adversarial and immature politics and a cling to violence or a perception thereof.


NO ONE MAINSTREAM political party can boast of an exclusive solution to Liberia's current challenges. Our country requires a collaboration not just of people bandwagoning on making demands and protests but also around applying solutions up to the limit of the their professed knowledge. Let's collaborate as the stability of our nation is critical to any economic development that is envisioned.


WHILE THE GOVERNMENT'S ROLE remains to create the atmosphere for constructive engagement and making accessible freedom of speech, assembly, and movement, the opposition political parties' role include among other things, utilizing those benefits of our democracy to add to the overall stability of the nation not to take away from it.


๐‹๐ž๐ญ'๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐Ÿ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ง'๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ.

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