Populist Flaws

The easiest way to solve difficult sociopolitical challenges has proven throughout history to be the most disastrous, from era to era, from continent to continent, it takes no prisoner

Towards the end of the 19th century, as Europe industrialized and the mechanics of everyday life became increasingly sophisticated, as the March towards imperialism and colonialism raged in Europe, a major power lay sound asleep. She controlled more landmass than any other European empire, with more population as well, it still retains one of the few trickles of the famous Mongol empire, and unlike her western neighbors who had mostly developed sophisticated sociopolitical systems and ditched the unsustainable monarchial system of government, this great power was still in a strong grip of the monarchy with a strong emphasis on hereditary authority.

This major power was the cassocks, The Russian empire; with an area more than twice that of Western Europe and a population as much, she fell terribly behind her neighbors in infrastructure, warfare, and sociopolitical system. Its economy was largely still powered by agrarian methods, and by Western standards, its citizens still wallowed in poverty.

That would all change at the dawn of the 20th century, as scientific inventions such as railroads and the printing press meant mass illiteracy (one of the most useful tools of the so-claimed supernatural right to power) was on the verge of extinction. By the early 1900s, names like Lenin would become household names in Russian territory, and the instability of the first world war would cause the Romanov dynasty to collapse entirely, enabling the People's socialist party or The Bolsheviks to seize control by 1914. The Russian Revolution was lauded by mostly middle-class and poor peasants who made up the majority of the empire's population, although it was detested by elites and the church for obvious reasons.

After Lenin's "reign of terror" and his subsequent death, a small man with a mustache would seize power and introduce the most successful dictatorship in history; Stalin's stay in power would result in the death of approximately a hundred million people (if you include the death toll during the German invasion in the second world war) and many other wasted lives in Labour camps in Siberia. In fact, by the time of Stalin's death, he had purged or permanently incapacitated all of the members of the earlier Bolsheviks party.

During the middle of the 20th century, just after the second world war, two new powers arose and would engage in probably what would have been the most costly conflict in human history, a conflict that never happened. The Cold War would become an ideological chess game. With each moving pawn to destruction, sometimes just to get a score on the board. Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, and the Congo all ended up playing the roles of well-groomed pawns in this ideological warfare between communism and capitalism.

Nowhere was this conflict felt more aptly than on the island of Cuba. By the end of the second world war, America was already a major World power and, unlike their European counterparts, had no major opposition in the American continent; they would conclusively win the war without ever knowing how a bomb invasion felt or how to dig trenches or the pang of forced recruitment, with their massive economic might, they would dominate the resources of the American continent with CIA-enabled coups used to depose any Latin and central American leader who dare oppose their economic mantra, Cuba a wonderful holiday resort for rich American was no difference.

Ruled by a military degenerate Batista, it served as little more than a vacation center for rich perverts. That all changed when a charismatic leader enabled by his younger brother and an ardent Argentine revolutionary would seize power in 1959 in what is today known as the Cuban Revolution; they would go about establishing a communist state, to the greatest horrors of the capitalist West, communism wasn't oceans away, it was right at their backdoor, Castro's seizure of power would culminate in what is today known as Cuba missile crisis, a crisis in which the world was just one soldier's nod away from nuclear apocalypse.  

In Cuba, however, the story doesn't end after the crisis is resolved; during the Batista regime, there was rightly huge disapproval from the masses concerning major issues, such as massive elite corruption, the sugar exportation of Cuba, and the general feeling of corruption in the capital Havana (they had massive porn theaters around the city). And as the Castros entered the city, there was a feeling of optimism in the whole country; a wind of change was in the air, and it felt like a better beginning. Alas, it was a bitter false dawn; Castro, along with his younger brother, would introduce one of the most oppressive regimes in Latin American history (and that is saying a lot considering the number of dictators the continent has had) and by his death in 2016 he had survived 91 known assassination attempts.

Finally, back home, as 2015 dawned, there was a feeling in the air the Nigerian environment was slipping fast from the ruling party; the internal struggle and uncontrollable corruption were huge challenges that seemed insurmountable, but on top of this unwanted list was the severe problem of insecurity, what started as a little extremist movement in one corner of the country has gradually grown into a continental problem, with suspiciously well-funded military groups, they took over army quarters and controlled certain local governments in the country, in 2014 they would kidnap over 200 girls unlikely to ever be seen again, change was clamored for, the current government was said to be too soft, docile and corrupt to handle the spiraling crisis, in came the United opposition party, with a candidate that had a military background and a public detest for indiscipline.

That candidate would win the next election forthrightly, and with it, the nation would gradually get worse. Insecurity would worsen, and economic crisis would be the Hallmark of the regime throughout its stay. So all over the planet, we see different people, different races, different cultures all commit similar errors, either through democracy or through revolution, it doesn't matter, whenever a government or regime whips up populist propaganda, it usually fails at the end leaving millions in disillusion, from the angry crowds of the French revolution across to the Eurasian continent Russia, across the Atlantic to America and back home in Africa, we've seen this cycle repeat over and over again, it's easier to crowd think, to pin all the hopes on one person or one party, it is better than looking inwards and asking objective questions, it's not better, but it's easier and we almost always follow the easier routes, the politician knows this, so they structure their campaigns and rhetoric to address visible problems quickly even if they are offshoots of other major invisible challenges, quick solutions such as pointing fingers and tribal bigotry become cheap mental opium for the enraged suffering masses. Rinse and repeat every election cycle, and you get the worse form of leadership in the 21st century. 


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