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My country Liberia has a horrible social existence

The elderly, children and disabled are abandoned in corrupt-laden Liberia

Our teacher Karl Marx was right when he postulated that it is not the consciousness of men that determine their existence, but on the contrary, men’s social existence is that which determines their consciousness. He further taught us that the availability of a social reality which will lead to man’s progressive consciousness (a consciousness that enables men to develop art, science, culture, religion or philosophy) is dependent on how a society’s socioeconomic system develops its productive forces or organizes its means of production.

Instead of attending school, kids are busy on the streets selling to feed their unemployed and frustrated parents and themselves.

For men to develop arts, science, culture, religion or philosophy, men must have food to eat, clothes to wear house to live in. Food, clothes, and housings are produced by someone, somehow. And the availability of these essential elements upon which society, civilization, and culture are built is determined by the viability of the socioeconomic system which is responsible for developing the productive forces.

My country Liberia has a horrible social existence; thus, a clear majority of the masses of Liberian people parades the corridors of the society without any level of progressive consciousness. Not only statistics but also personal life experience and observation in Liberia have proven that many Liberians lack access to food, shelter, and clothing. Therefore, other aspects of social development in the West African third world nation remain rigid. Producing the manpower to develop Liberian arts, science, culture, religion, or philosophy has been a huge challenge. Obviously, this challenge was imposed on us by the way in which our socioeconomic system has organized or develop our productive forces since this space’s formation In 1822 and its attainment of so-called political independence on July 26, 1847.

When a socioeconomic system organizes a society’s productive forces to benefit a privileged few and deprived most of the people, one does not need a high level of intelligence to know that such society will have men and women whose social existence cannot permit them to develop the level of consciousness which can be utilized to advance civilization, culture, and society on an industrial scale. Tell me which society ever in the history of mankind has advanced by mortgaging its land (the commanding height of its means of production) to monopoly capitals that give back little in taxes and rents to government and insufficient wages as a reward for labor.

Rape and abuse of girls and women have become commonplace in Liberia since President Sirleaf assumed office in 2006.

The people in their horrific social existence think that to resolve this contradiction, it only requires changing those who preside over the socioeconomic system that has refused to develop the productive forces in their interest. They think it is okay to leave the socioeconomic structure in place for another breed of people to occupy. As the Ghanaians would say: “Na the same old taxi oo, but na just a new driver.”

The capitalist bourgeoisie did not think that way towards Feudalism. In their quest to deal with the objective social reality created by such social system that promoted land tenure in exchange of labor and service, the capitalist bourgeoisie sought to get rid of the entire Feudal social system and not even a reform within the system. After the capitalist bourgeoisie’ victory over the Feudal lords, barons, and knights, a social system that espouses the private ownership of the means of production was put in place.

So, until Liberians can realize that there is an urgent need to overthrow this orthodox capitalist socioeconomic system, a clear majority of them will continue to be victims of economic deprivation and inevitable poverty. The unit they can rise to the occasion to fight for their liberation, they will continue to not only exist as exploited and oppressed masses but also as playthings living under the consciousness of their oppressors (the agents of capitalism).

Until they can realize that the way in which their country’s productive forces are organized cannot enable the mobilization of enormous capital to independently fund capital-intensive projects which will provide the necessary elements to improve other aspects of social development, they will continue to look on the shoulders of the Brenton Woods Institutions control by imperialist nations for funding to build roads, hospitals, schools, electric dams etc. Thus, their country’s internal, external, and popular sovereignties will be placed in the hands of foreign interest. Therefore, for us, we were not shaken when the American Embassy, in wanton disregard to our democratic institutions, issued a statement contrary to our Supreme Court’s judgment to place a prohibition on the runoff election until the complaint of the Liberty Party and Unity Party can be considered by the National Elections Commission.

The Liberian people’s realization must consider going the way of the left side of the political spectrum. Further analysis of my recommendation will present a case where Liberians unlike this present socioeconomic system which has robbed them of the rights to full humanization, will place them at the centerfold of 21st development. Instead of being used as expendable cannon fodders, they will be subjects of their existence. Their social existence will breed a progressive consciousness upon which they can build a wholesome functioning society, civilization, and culture by all and for all.

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Alfred P.B. Kiadii

Alfred P. B. Kiadii is a student of the University of Liberia, who studies Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration. He is a social and political critic, and the secretary general of the Movement for Social Democratic Alternative (MOSODA). He can be contacted on Cell#: +233552176627. Alternatively, he can be reached at bokaidii@gmail.com.

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