The Diaspora should fund the Revolution
The naivety of those that think the motherland would be freed without a revolution is astounding. The naivety of those that think a revolution does not need to be financed is even more astounding. These two types make up most of our people. An overwhelming majority do not believe in the revolution. The minority that believes in the revolution doesn't believe that the revolution needs financial resources.
That is where we are as a nation. Where do we go from here? What shall we do? We need to go the revolution way and to do that, we need to make it clear, categorically, and unequivocally that there is only one way to go. One way, and that is the revolution way. A total rejection of the current system, its representatives, and what it stands for.
A revolution is often characterized as a non-financed spontaneous eruption of a suppressed people. That probably happened a few times in history. I have gone to great lengths to explain that a revolution in the modern era is something that is planned, even though the final climatic phase can be triggered by an unplanned event. The moment we mention planning, we also invite financing.
The revolution needs to be financed. Human resources are more important than financial resources but that does not reduce the importance coefficient of financial resources to zero. Financial resources remain a determinant. In Zimbabwe, we are dealing with a junta that has access to the state’s financial resources and exploits those resources by using them in maintaining the oppression.
It is a little bit difficult to pull off a revolution without financial resources. The revolution needs to be financed. That is where the diaspora should step in and step up.
Zimbabweans abroad were very active politically in the early 2000s. As the years flew by, people got tired and weary. The mood changed from “yes we can get rid of the shitty system in Zimbabwe” to a sober and reluctant “there is nothing we can do about it”. You cannot blame the people for getting tired.
The people chose to be led by dimwits in the MDC. They placed all their monies on that MDC horse. It failed to perform up to their expectations, mainly because of not realizing that change can only be brought about by a revolution.
Zimbabweans scattered across the diaspora used to fund the MDC and local movements that fought for democracy. The funding has declined to abysmal levels. They have lost hope. That needs to be changed. Things need to be reversed. Zimbabweans in South Africa, UK, the US, and Australia must be made hopeful again. They must be given a reason to believe, again. Right now, only the talk of a revolution does that. They have lived through several election cycles and do not believe an election can bring about the change that they want.
The diaspora needs to be awakened to the reality that the greatest and most rewarding investment they can ever make is that of funding the revolution that changes things back home. Investing in a democratic revolution yields the highest return on investment.
Of course, some have been totally lost. They have forgotten about Zimbabwe. Some have actively sought to forget about Zimbabwe, actively going against their conscience, as a coping mechanism. In South Africa, which is not far away from Zimbabwe, there are thousands, if not millions, who do not want to hear anything about Zimbabwe, ever again. There are also those that go to great lengths to pretend they are not Zimbabweans. They speak foreign languages even when they are talking to Zimbabweans. There are Zimbabweans living abroad who, rightfully or wrongfully, hate being Zimbabwean.
What shall we do? We need to build a nation abroad. We need to make our people proud of themselves. We need to build a Zimbabwe that exists in thin air. We need our people scattered in foreign lands to know that they are Zimbabweans. We need them to accept that they are Zimbabweans. We need them to love being Zimbabwean. We cannot do that without creating something that they can believe in. Something that they can rally behind.
We need to create a metaverse for Zimbabweans. A Zimbabwe that exists parallel to physical Zimbabwe, until such a point in time when the revolution is successful, and we can transform physical Zimbabwe into our ideal Zimbabwe. Ideal Zimbabwe is the country that we will create and shape according to our own image and likeness. We need to make the people believe, especially those in the diaspora, for funding purposes. We need them to design and craft their Ideal Zimbabwe, and then make financial commitments to bring that ideal Zimbabwe into existence, to bring their dreams into fruition.
Why should the diaspora fund the revolution? People in the diaspora usually have better earning opportunities compared with their local counterparts. They earn income in currencies that are not continually debased. They are in a better position to make financial commitments. Over and above that, they cannot meaningfully commit their human resources to the revolution in Zimbabwe. Since their bodies are far away, the only way they can meaningfully contribute is by financing the revolution.
This is what needs to be done to further the goals of the revolution. Are we going to do it, or we are going to chicken out? Is somebody going to answer the call? Are we going to be cowards forever?
How much can be raised from the diaspora? I don’t know. But the generic answer is that enough financial resources can be raised. This is not funding a war. The revolution does not need billions. It only needs millions of people and a couple of coins to lubricate the revolution’s operations and make things happen.
It needs to be categorically stated that funding the revolution is not financing a civil war. The dynamics at play in Zimbabwe are not conducive to a civil war. The reality is that 99% of Zimbabweans want things to change. So, what civil war are we talking about? A civil war is irrelevant. It is only made relevant by dimwits who cannot properly think through things. The change in the disposition of the army can be achieved via a revolution as opposed to a civil war. Remember that 99% are sufferers in this.
How can the diaspora fund the revolution? This can be done smartly, in a manner that involves the highest form of transparency using cryptocurrencies that are powered by smart contracts. Funds can easily be abused if there are no smart contracts in place. Blockchain technology gives transparency without necessarily revealing identities. Collection of funds from the diaspora can be done using cryptos. The utilization of funds can also be done using cryptos.
How should the funds raised from the diaspora be utilized? This a question that needs to be answered by the brothers and sisters that spearhead the revolution. However, due to the evolving monetary landscape, this is a question that also needs to be answered by the financiers in the diaspora. They need to decide how the money should be utilized.
With the use of a governance token, they can vote on how the funds should be utilized and enforce their preference using lines of code. Thanks to blockchain technology, the financiers in the diaspora don't have to rely on the trust they place in the revolutionary brothers and sisters. They can make sure funds are utilized in the right way, in a trustless manner.
Those who seek change should be smarter about it. They need to outwit the old madalas and their grandchildren that are oppressing us. More needs to be done. Zimbabwe is not going to be freed by doing the moderate same old things that have failed for the past 22 years. Some level of radicalization is needed.
The emancipation and activation of the diaspora is a necessary step of the revolutionary struggle. The diaspora alone is large enough to make an impact. The number of Zimbabweans living abroad outnumber the number of Zimbabweans living in Harare and Bulawayo. The purported three million scattered across South African cities are more than the population of Harare. How do we deliberate on Zimbabwe without incorporating this large part of the population? How do we make plans that do not involve the diaspora?
It is estimated that 600,000 Zimbabweans live in the UK. This is larger than the population of Mutare, Gweru, Epworth, and Kwekwe combined. The number of Zimbabweans in Cape Town should surely be larger than the number of Zimbabweans in Masvingo. The average Zimbabwean who does not come from Masvingo can easily rattle 5 names of persons that he/she knows who stay in Cape Town but cannot rattle 5 names of people he/she knows who stay in Masvingo. Of course, this a stupid criterion but it does drive home a very important point regarding the size of the diaspora.
The basic point is that the diaspora is too large to ignore. It is too important to ignore. It needs to be part of the struggle. The best way they can contribute is by financially supporting the revolution.