It is not a secret that the reality of our politics and social life scenes is rife with a class divide. The majority of the electorate are poor and lack the opportunity and access to capital or factors of production.
They are the fodder that feeds the ruling class to create capital or maintain their hold onto power and access to either grow or protect their wealth.
At the instigation of a clique of clever social science thinkers, a section of the elite want to exploit this reality for political capital on the platform that they are Liberals or Liberators open to progressive change.
The opposite wants to maintain a certain status quo. The current political divide being exploited is a conflict between the haves and the have-nots.
The hoipoloi considers itself disenfranchised by the political establishment, while the establishment tries to win votes by reminding potential voters what it has accomplished in the past.
Philosopher Karl Marx, termed this conflict (disenfranchised versus establishment) as a class struggle. It’s a political, not an economic struggle.
Definition of Class, according to Marx; ‘A class of people is a group that shares common characteristics. Generally, they have a similar socioeconomic status, which is based on income and living situation.’
From the huge support, the Hustler Movement gets from Central Kenya, considered the seat of the establishment, Status has nothing to do with ethnic similarity, although Marx reasoned that race or ethnicity is sometimes a factor.
The commonality in this disenfranchised group is tied to their inability to wield economic or political power.
It’s evident that the group that holds the power is determined to maintain and grow that power, by keeping those who had no power in a constant state of powerlessness. Political Commendator Yussuf Mwinyi
It’s an uneasy and unholy alliance rife with tension. The disenfranchised who have no hold onto power are aware of their situation but are trapped without recourse, to be exploited by the powerful in the form of set wages and conditions, as the electorate giving the elite legitimacy to rule but have no say in how they are governed.
It is essentially a paradox. As one Marxist thinker put. “Imagine an ant colony being stepped on by a person. It has no recourse but to be stepped on because it’s powerless to stop the massive foot coming down on top of the colony.”
Any glimmer of hope for the exploited is feared by the beneficiary of the status quo. It’s no wonder, that we have COTU, the ‘champion of worker’s rights’ co-opted on the opposite side of the worker’s interest.
It’s only sad that those advocating for the hustler common man were deep establishment and deep-state operatives.
They are yet to earn their stripes in the trenches fighting for the common mwananchi (citizen). Without any blueprint and policies on how to empower the real hustlers, it remains to be a narrative. Porojo.
The class war gets those that have too much jittery. For a good reason. It is a national security threat. Revolutions were premised and won on the rich-poor divide and have- too-much vs have-nothing classes.
The have-nots are the majority and wield the ultimate Power. The Power that makes or unmakes governments. The People’s Power
Article by Yusuf Mwinyi – Coastal based political commentator