Yet again, we are afforded a chance to refer back to political literature, I hope you don’t mind revisiting Politics 101, and the general definition of politics. It is certainly enthralling for us to do our utmost best to be associated with the political dons of the world can never be detached from always being on the quest for knowledge hidden in treated chopped trees.
And also; waking up with a nudge to simply define political authority and political power can be uncontrollably overwhelming. The discussion about ‘what is politics’ is worth pursuing because it exposes some of the inmost scholarly and conceptual disagreements in the academic study of the subject.
It is almost impossible to define politics without having to look at Heywood’s writings, and Heywood upholds that the different views in defining politics are as follows: 1. Politics as the art of government. 2. Politics as public affairs.3. Politics as compromise and consensus. 4. and finally, POLITICS AS POWER AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES. I fully agree with Bismarck that Politics is not a science… but an art’; and the art he had in mind was the art of government, the exercise of control within society the making and enforcement of collective decisions.
We have all witnessed the rape of the government of Limpopo, thus is the reason I am drawn to defining politics as power and distribution of resources. Thanks to Julius, once a powerful Caesar; Limpopo people witnessed the full use or rather the abuse of power and authority in the past 3-4 years.
Authority can most simply be defined as legitimate, genuine, authentic and sincere power, whereas power as the ability to influence the behaviour of others. Authority is based on acknowledged duty to obey rather than on any form of coercion or manipulation. In this sense authority is power cloaked in legitimacy or rightfulness. Whereas Heywood narrowly defines Political power as “the ability to punish or reward, bringing it close to force or manipulation, in contrast to influence which also encompasses rational persuasion.
My all-time two favourite quotes with regard to political power: “Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighbouring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?” Khalil Gibran. “There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.” Plato
How blessed are the people of Limpopo to have witnessed power and authority at work; and the retrogression of the government due to “once, a powerful Caesar” was an inevitable process. Do you know of the Golden boy many of you having temptations to celebrate?
We created the Golden boy and saw him rise from Masakaneng in Seshego, emerging in Mangaung, employing political power to the completest. Literally everything he wanted, he got in a blink of an eye. The government tenders, employment appointments, other people’s sufferings etc. A boy who decided to have a trust fund set up for many other reasons we all doubt to be of moral effigy. His power was also felt on social scenes whereby our girlfriends were expropriated without compensation.
People should never be surprised when only the enlightened people of Limpopo despise him. Yes, it does not matter how many times he will preach politics of re-distribution and expropriation, we have seen him use or rather abuse power and authority to distribute government resources, rewarding those who blindly followed him and punishing those who realized that he was a corn artist. Suddenly the Golden boy from Seshego wants to share the wealth of the country, we are not stupid.
Yes, he was not corrupt, but coincidentally those close to him, cousins, brothers and comrades, drastically rose economically. It was just a coincidence that most of Juju’s associates started rolling in multiple German automobile, and we had to celebrate house warming parties every week, doing it the pool party style.
A Barney that he was not part of the administration is just an insult to aspiring intellectuals; he used his Political power to influence those with authority in government’s ranks to distribute Limpopo government’s resources to his allies. Hearing the name “Juju” sent shivers in fully-fledged men’s spines, he indeed rewarded, punished, influenced and bought Limpopo to its knees.
You should all know the drill by now, that time for questions: Do we need another Hitler? Do we need to put in power the youngest ever corrupt, immoral, unethical, dishonest, crooked, shady, debase and fraudulent politician South Africa and all parts of the world has ever seen? Do we draw inspiration from such a ruthless soul?
And lastly, are we willing to give away our titles to become “fighters”, and start fighting even if there is no war for the interest of one boy?
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