5 Reasons Why a Revolution is the ONLY way

What shall we do? There is only one way to go. That is the revolutionary way. One Way. No other way. Any other so-called option does not redeem the country from the mess it is in.

The revolution is a direct answer to the “what shall we do” question. It is THE answer, that encompasses and overshadows all the other answers.

The idea of a revolution is central to the idea of a free Zimbabwe. You cannot talk of the possibility of a free Zimbabwe in the future without talking about a revolution. It is silly and myopic to think of a future Zimbabwe that is better than current Zimbabwe without the country going through a metamorphosis enabled by a revolution.

The word ‘revolution’ is being used here in its broadest sense. All the ideas expressed elsewhere including cultural revolution, de-lending legitimacy to the electoral process, decentralizing the political struggle, et cetera, all converge into one central theme of a revolution, which is a fundamental change in the way things are done. It is a total restructuring of society. Resources and access to resources will be rearranged for the better. Incentives will be re-constructed so that there are checks and balances and that a just and equal society is established.

The ideas go beyond political and economic power. They encompass life as it is lived in Zimbabwe. How do we as a nation collectively want life to be lived within Zimbabwe?

Morden France, with all its liberties, was birthed by the French Revolution. The Russian Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, the Industrial revolution, etc, gave birth to new socio-economic orders. Revolutions kick out the old and bring in the new.

The war of liberation of the 1970s in Zimbabwe is often touted as a revolution followed by the land reform in the 2000s. These are failed revolutions. The “revolutions” failed to construct a better country for all, just like those failed communist revolutions across the world. Zimbabwe has been left reeling under the effects of a dictatorship ushered in by the non-revolutionary war of the 1970s which swapped one set of tyranny for another.

Now we need another revolution to correct the false revolution conducted by the Zanu PF cadres.

Goals of the revolution

The sole goal of the revolution is to restructure society by redesigning systems and incentives, thus reshaping outcomes. The goal of the revolution is to transform Zimbabwean society into a better society. The nation should and must be transformed into a Zimbabwe that we all love, a Zimbabwe that works for the greatest number of people in classical Kantan utilitarianism.

In very simple terms, the goal of the revolution is to create a better country. This simple statement acknowledges that a better country cannot be created without a revolution. The revolutionary mindset takes this as a given.

It is the goal of the revolution to fundamentally change society for the better. The word “fundamentally” is emphasized because non-fundamental changes are usually and typically transitory, temporary, insufficient, and not wide enough to transform many lives. Non-fundamental changes are typically heralded on social media and the TV as success whilst people on the ground do not see any change. Under a non-fundamental change, GDP can be said to have grown by 20% whilst the incomes, activities, and even perceptions of the majority of people in Zimbabwe haven’t changed by a tiny bit.

The goal of the revolution is to create a country that caters to everyone's dreams and aspirations. It is to create a place where potential is realized. A place where dreams come true.

The goal of the revolution is to create a country that treats its citizens better. The revolution is meant to thwart the evilous unjust system that passes laws that are fundamentally unconstitutional and uses the parliament to rubber-stamp them as constitutional. In religious parlance, the revolution aims to establish the kingdom of God here on earth. The revolution aims to value human beings, respect human rights, and value justice at all times. It is the goal of the revolution to reset and restore. To create a land of truth and justice.

The goal of the revolution is to establish a constitutional republic. A land where the constitution matters, and most importantly the constitution reflects the will of the people.

The revolution places a high price tag on development. It is the goal of the revolution to develop the country. Development is a must.

Why Revolution is the ONLY way

  1. A revolution is a silver bullet to the bastardized version of democracy.
  2. The system is way too broken, beyond repair. You cannot fix it. Only a total revolution can change things.
  3. A revolution is a complete break from the past. It offers a blank canvas to paint the future.
  4. The oppressive system is not going to get rid of itself or dissipate on its own.
  5. There is no other way.

Reason 1: Silver Bullet to a bastardized version of democracy

The version of democracy that we have in Zimbabwe is not worth being referred to as a democracy. But since most people insist that we are a democracy because elections are held after every 5 years, we shall refer to it as a bastardized version of democracy.

It is bastardized because the elections are neither free nor fair. There is no electoral democracy and representative democracy. The people are not free. Basic rights are denied. Freedom of speech and freedom of movement are becoming nearly universal freedoms, but Zimbabweans still don't have those rights. It's a total farce.

Every five years people go for elections but those that will be announced winners are already known. That is a bastardization of democracy. It is disturbingly normalized.

The ONLY panacea that will bring an end to this electoral cycle of madness and deceit is a revolution. A revolution will establish a new democratic order. A revolution will un-bastardize that which has been bastardized for years. Elections will matter once a revolution has been completed. The revolution kills the fake democracy by instilling a leadership that is not elected whilst giving the country a chance to birth a new version of electoral democracy.

The undemocratically elected government charges anyone who dares mention the word revolution with trumped-up charges of conspiracy to unseat a democratically elected government. How ironic?

What's even more ironic is the fact that the ONLY way for the masses to extricate themselves from such tyranny is by revolting, in the sense of a revolution.

Reason 2: Broken System

If something is said to be broken beyond repair, attempting to repair that thing is a fruitless endeavor. It's wasting time and effort. The patient is dead. You have to bury the dead. No need to call the doctor, rather call the priest to preside over the funeral ceremony.

The people of Zimbabwe must understand this. The political system in Zimbabwe is dead. A revolution is needed to bury that dead system and move on to a new system. The system can no longer be rescued. ONLY a new system can work well for the people. This can ONLY be ushered in by a revolution.

Where do you start when you are out to cleanse the Zimbabwean political and electoral system? Do you start by removing Chigumba from ZEC? Do you then fire the whole commission? Then what? You need to change the laws around the appointment of ZEC. Oops, you need to change the entire Judicial Sevices Commission. The pool of candidates they select from is polluted. You need to change the entire pool. Oh, they make appointments in conjunction with the President. Aha, you need to change the President too. How do you do that? You need to go for elections. Wait, there are no electoral reforms. The playing field is not level and fair. How do you change that? Okay, let's just participate in the elections and then deal with rigged elections afterward, that should give us some leverage. Election done; the result is known. Oh, they rigged. Let’s protest. They unleash the military and shoot point-blank at unarmed civilians. Let's go to court and challenge the results. Ooops, they have the judges in their pockets too.

The system is broken at every point. From top to bottom. Every point. You cannot fix certain things hoping it will be a starting point of fixing the next thing. You need to fix the entire system at once. That is, you simply need to replace the system.

The glass tumbler is broken. It is now shattered glass all over the place. No amount of adhesives and glue, sellotape, and silicone can ever mend it back to a usable state.

Not accepting that the entire system is broken is just denial. As they say, denial is not a river in Egypt. Denial is a mental river in Zimbabwe. The people of Zimbabwe, both the learned and the ignorant, deny that the system is totally broken and that a total revolution is needed to replace the old system.

If you think the entire system is not broken beyond repair, ask yourself, what are you choosing not to see? Ask yourself, which part of the system is still functional? And then ask yourself if the level of functionality is enough to save the entire system. It's like holding the base of the broken tumbler and telling yourself that at least the base is not broken. Ask yourself if you can drink water in that.

If you agree that the entire system is broken, then it follows that you must see that the only way forward is to replace the system in its entirety. Not accepting that the system must be replaced in its entirety is no longer denial, it is naivety and stupidity.

Reason 3: Blank Canvas to Paint the Future

We need a complete break from the past. ONLY a revolution can afford us this. We need to wake up in a new Zimbabwe. A new day. We rise with the rising sun, in a new Zimbabwe. That cannot be achieved by piecemeal changes. A new era can ONLY be delivered by a revolution.

A painter needs a blank canvas to paint a new picture. A blank canvas can only be ushered in by a revolution.

What type of country do we want? This does not have to be dictated by our past. We need to author the Zimbabwe we want. We need to sculpture the country we desire from scratch.

No other form of ushering in change can afford us the opportunity to go back to the drawing board. Other forms of change build on what is already there. These forms of change assume that the frameworks and core systems, political, social, and economic infrastructures in place are okay and that they just need some slight adaptations to make them work.

For example, the constitution is believed to be alright. It is only violated by those that hold power, otherwise, it is just as good as the constitutions in place in functional democracies. The revolution does not make such assumptions and observations. It deems that some of the problems that we have are actually matters of constitutionality, thus making the constitution itself a broken piece of code that needs to be re-painted so that it incorporates our vision of the future and not solely our understanding of the past.

The same goes for the political infrastructure. The revolution emphasizes the need to tear down what is there and rebuild a new political infrastructure. We need to paint a new electoral system, as per our desire, and not the perceptions of those who came before us.

The revolution affords us a chance to redesign representative democracy. We could choose to elect a governing board with a chairperson who has limited rights instead of an almighty president with God-like powers. We could choose a system whereby the population directly elects ministers instead of a system where ministers are appointed by the president. These are just fanatical examples. The basic point is that we can author our future as we wish if we go the revolutionary way.

We can recode election cycles, term limits, and how elections are conducted. We could go for participative democracy where key decisions are put up for a referendum powered by biometric, electronic, and computerized voting systems. We could totally abhor participative democracy in turn for the country to be run like a corporation with a CEO and so and so forth.

The point is, the fastest way to introduce all the things we think could work is via a revolution. ONLY a revolution gives us the canvas we need to paint the future.

Reason 4: The Oppressive system is not going to get rid of itself. Is it?

Does this need to be emphasized? Those who have hoarded the country’s power and wealth are going to everything within their power (i.e., will use all that sad power) to sustain and maintain their position of dominance.

Elsewhere when I covered the Rising Wedge theory and how the system is running to its own limits, I noted that the system is capable of self-destructing. I specifically mentioned that the Zanu PF system in Zimbabwe is becoming very costly to maintain, with an ever-increasing break-even point. At some point, the system is bound to collapse. We are getting close to that point.

When costs of painting the system rise above the revenues generated by the system, the entire system can collapse.

Whilst this theory is true, no one knows exactly when the system will self-destruct. It can be a decade from now. The system could establish a temporary equilibrium at that break-even point and remain in such a precipitous state for a very long time (decades). The analyst will observe that the system is bound to fall any day, but miraculously, the system does not fall as predicted, it just balances itself at that dangerously lofty equilibrium point.

Whilst it is true that the system will eventually collapse under its own weight, Zimbabweans should not leave everything to time.

Thus, in the strictest sense, given time, the oppressive system is going to get rid of itself. However, the reality, in the non-abstract and non-absolute sense, the system is not going to get rid of itself within a reasonable period. The reasonable period can be anything between now and five years, and can also be a decade, and can be generally understood to be during our lifetimes.

We can generally say the oppressive system is not going to get rid of itself within our lifetimes.

With that out of the way, the question we ask is, what makes some people think that the oppressor will easily relinquish power, without being forced to do so? Okay, the answer is “give it some time”, nothing lasts forever.

The reality facing the country is that the oppressor needs to be forced out of power. Thus, the revolution is the ONLY way out.

Leaving everything to time is tantamount to recklessly abandoning our own affairs.

Reason 5: There is no other way

“There must be a better way”, that's what they say when they want to avoid dealing with the mental discomfort that is brought about by the idea of having to revolt.

There is no other way! Finish! Fullstop! Klaar! Escapism and avoidance will not help. We need to face reality.

Every Zimbabwean needs to wake up. Give yourself a pinch and ask yourself when is the oppressive system going to end and what needs to be done to end this?

Many times, people come up with all sorts of alternatives that are not really alternatives because they do not result in the desired and targeted outcomes. An example is when two people are fighting, a third party that comes in to break the fight always says, “violence is not the solution, find a better way, talk to each other, bla bla bla”. Whilst such advice sounds good, in many cases, it is shitty advice because it doesn't really solve the problem, it just stops the fight.

The advice is one of self-interest. The third-party does not want to witness violence. The third-party does not want to see two people destroying each other. The third party is self-interested in peace. The warring parties, because they are warring, are not interested in peace at all. Even though they can talk things over, they are fighting, because they have failed to talk things over.

Halting the fight and bringing people back to the table is noble because talking it out is the original solution. However, if the fight never broke out, the warring parties would never have been able to sit down and talk. Thus, the fight, even though it's something not lovely to see, is necessary, in that it brings both parties back to the table.

A revolution is dismissed by many because it is deemed to be violent. The truth is the revolution does not really need to be violent. However, if it turns out to be violent, violence in itself is not always bad. The oppressor rules on the back of a monopoly on violence guaranteed by the state. The state has a monopoly on violence, and that monopoly keeps us downtrodden. Breaking that monopoly might be the key to our liberation.

In very basic terms, it is violence or the threat of violence that maintains and sustains many socio-economic orders. It has and will always be like that because it is within the nature of humans. Accepting the necessity of violence in certain situations is key to overcoming the phobia towards violence in this regard.

The state is using violence to keep us under oppression. Violence should be overtaken by force.

This statement needs to be repeated. Violence should be overtaken by force. This means that ONLY a forceful revolution can overcome the violence unleashed by the state. Though there are no guarantees, this is the route with the highest probability of success.

All other routes have been closed off. There is no other legitimate way for the people to express themselves politically.

Protests, riots, elections, campaigns, demonstrations, have all been banned. You need approval from the oppressor for you to stage a demonstration against the oppressor. People cannot even talk or write about oppression. These are not approved topics. The country has gone to the dogs.

The ONLY release valve is a revolution. There is no other way.

Ciao!

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