የኦሮሚያ ኢኮኖሚ አብዮት: በስህተት ላይ ስህተት በመድገም ስህተትን ማረም!

በጦላይ የተሃድሶ ማዕከል በአንድ የማደሪያ ክፍል ውስጥ በአማካይ 100 ሰልጣኞች (እስረኞች) አብረው ያድራሉ። እኔ በነበርኩበት ክፍል ውስጥም 98 ሰልጣኞች (እስረኞች) ነበርን። የተሃድሶ ሥልጠናው ከቀኑ 11፡00 ላይ ይጠናቀቃል። ከምሽቱ 12፡30 በኋላ የመኝታ ቤቶቹ በሮች ከውጪ ይዘጋሉ። ከዚያ በኋላ እስከ ንጋቱ 12፡30 ድረስ በጣም አስገዳጅ ሁኔታ ካልተፈጠረ በስተቀር የመኝታ ክፍሉ በር አይከፈትም። ማታ ማታ አብዛኛው ሰው ከአንዱ … Continue reading የኦሮሚያ ኢኮኖሚ አብዮት: በስህተት ላይ ስህተት በመድገም ስህተትን ማረም!

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ልማት የሕዝብ ነው፣ መንግስት ጥገኛ ነው

አብዛኞቹ የኢህአዴግ ባለስልጣናት በሀገሪቱ ታይቶ የማይታወቅ ልማትና እድገት እያስመዘገቡ እንደሆነ ያስባሉ። ነገር ግን፣ እነሱ እንደሚሉት በሀገሪቱ ታይቶ የማይታወቅ ልማትና እድገት እያስመዘገቡ አይደለም። ይሄን ያልኩበት ምክንያት “ኢህአዴግ ልማት አምጥቷል/አላመጣም” ወደሚለው ጉንጭ-አልፋ ክርክር ለመግባት ፈልጌ አይደለም። የኢህአዴግ መንግስት ብቻ ሳይሆን በአጠቃላይ ሁሉም መንግስታት በራሳቸው የልማትና እድገት ምንጭ ሊሆኑ አይችሉም። ምክንያቱም መንግስት በሀገር ልማትና እድገት ውስጥ ከደጋፊነት የዘለለ … Continue reading ልማት የሕዝብ ነው፣ መንግስት ጥገኛ ነው

Freedom In Ethiopia

In 2014 the Ethiopian government continued to suppress free speech and associational rights, shattering hopes for meaningful reform under Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Government harassment and arrest of prominent opposition and media members continued, including the April arrest of nine journalists who were charged under Ethiopia’s controversial antiterrorism law. In April and May, massive protests … Continue reading Freedom In Ethiopia

Social Origins of Democracy: Religious freedom laid the foundations for political freedom

New forces arose to threaten the old patterns of religious life. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, Roman Catholicism was moving towards its peak, with the old ways more and more in disharmony with new forces. Individualism, nationalism and secularism contributed to a climate of opinion hostile to the continuation of privileges and abuses … Continue reading Social Origins of Democracy: Religious freedom laid the foundations for political freedom

Social Origins of Democracy: Rise of commerce creates urban power centers

The growth of commerce stimulated the liberation of cities from feudal control. The cities were more democratic than the countryside. Though they began as humble enclaves in a feudal world, the towns began to assume the proportions of a challenger and a competitor, helping to sustain governments and competing in their interests with the feudal … Continue reading Social Origins of Democracy: Rise of commerce creates urban power centers

Social Origins of Democracy: The Rise of political institutions in Italy

Centuries of relative physical security and stability under the feudal system led to the re-emergence of long suppressed human energies and aspirations. The feudal system maintained a delicate balance between the rights and power of feudal lords and those of the central monarch. The growth of guild crafts and trade created new centers of wealth … Continue reading Social Origins of Democracy: The Rise of political institutions in Italy

ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ፡ የመለስ ዜናዊ ፍልስፍና- ክፍል-1

አትሌት ኃይሌ ገ/ስላሴ “ዴሞክራሲ ቅንጦት ነው” በማለት ለቢቢሲ ሬድዮ በሰጠው አስተያየት ዙሪያ ሁለት ተከታታይ ፅሁፎችን፤ በመጀመሪያ ኃይሌ አስተያየቱን በሰጠበት አግባብ ዙሪያ፣ በመቀጠል ለዴሞክራሲያዊ ሥርዓት ስለሆነው ነፃነትና ከሰው-ልጅ ተፈጥሯዊ ባህሪ ጋር ስላለው ቁርኝት በዚሁ ድረገፅ ላይ አውጥቼ ነበር፡፡ በእርግጥ በአስተያየቱ መሰጠቱ፣ ወይም ደግሞ በማህበራዊ ድረገፆች መነጋገሪያ አጀንዳ መሆኑ ለእኔ ይኽን ያህል አሳሳቢ አይደለም፡፡ ከዚያ ይልቅ፣ አሁን … Continue reading ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ፡ የመለስ ዜናዊ ፍልስፍና- ክፍል-1

ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ፡ የመለስ ዜናዊ ፍልስፍና – ክፍል 2

በባለፈው ክፍል ለመግለፅ እንደሞከርኩት፣ ለልማትና እድገት ምቹ የሆኑ ማህበራዊ እሴቶች፣ ልማዶች እና ደንቦች ለአንድ ሀገር ብልፅግናና እድገት ወሳኝ የሆኑ ማህበራዊ ካፒታል (Social capital) ናቸው፡፡ እንደ ኢትዮጲያ ያሉ ሀገራት ዘላቂ ልማትና ፈጣን እድገት እንዲያስመዘግቡ በቅድሚያ እነዚህ ማህበራዊ ሃብቶች በሚፈለገው ደረጃ ሊኖሯቸው ይገባል፡፡ ይህ ክፍል በዋናነት በሁለት መሰረታዊ ጥያቄዎች ላይ ትኩረት ያደረገ ነው፡፡ በቅድሚያ “እንደ ኢትዮጲያ ላሉ … Continue reading ልማትና ዴሞክራሲ፡ የመለስ ዜናዊ ፍልስፍና – ክፍል 2

In Defence Of Meles Zenawi: No Direct Relation Between Democracy and Development

“[i]f all comparative studies are viewed together, the hypothesis that there is no clear relationship between economic development and democracy in either direction remains extremely plausible.” – Amartya Sen (1999) “Development as Freedom” Some recent articles on Ethiopian blogs and Newspapers/Magazines are portraying the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as if he was of the … Continue reading In Defence Of Meles Zenawi: No Direct Relation Between Democracy and Development

The Moral Case for Economic Liberty: Classical_Liberalism_vs_Libertarianism By John Tomasi, PhD

The Moral Case for Economic Liberty: Classical_Liberalism_vs_Libertarianism By John Tomasi, PhD ******** The classical liberal framework is pioneered by radical English thinkers such as John Lilburne and John Locke, developed in the American context by Founders such as James Madison. Classical liberals affirm what we might call a thick conception of economic liberty. They tend … Continue reading The Moral Case for Economic Liberty: Classical_Liberalism_vs_Libertarianism By John Tomasi, PhD