Ethiopians Elites “think” about Satan – “thank” God! But they don’t “think-thank” Menelik II. Part III

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3. Red Terror
The structural problem which is distinctive to Ethiopia is purely political phenomenon: the Red Terror which changed the political inclination of the educated elites, and the society in general, for good. From 1976 to 1978 urban Ethiopia was haunted by Terror campaigns which claimed the lives of thousands of citizens, transformed the country both politically and socially and bequeathed it with legacies that continue to be felt to this day.6 Because of its violation of central socio-cultural ideals in Ethiopian society, it decisively undermine any idea of ‘social contract’ or ‘trust’ between the State and the population which led to a disassociation of civilians from national policy and power structures, and the serious weakening of overall social cohesion.7The effect of this phenomenon is so pervasive which significantly affects every aspects of our life, particularly the educated elites as they were the primary targets of the campaign.
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1.Rand A. (1974), Selfishness Without a Self. The Ayn Rand Library Vol.1, A Signet Book.
2.Sanya Osha (1999), Quest Vol XIII. No. I-II, 1999
3.Francis B. Nyamnjoh (2004), A Relevant Education for African Development-some epistemologicalconsiderations African Development, Vol.XXIX, No.1, 2004, pp.161184
4.Piekoff L. (1991), Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand, New York Dutton, 1991
5.Ethiopian Red Terror Documentation and Research Center: A Brief History of The Ethiopian Terror, http:// ertdrc.com/
6.Abbink, J. (1995), The Impact of Violence: the Ethiopian‘Red terror’as a social phenomenon.

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