The road we’re on and where it leads… 8


Seeing, hearing and reading about the current state of affairs in Belize; one can only wonder what the leadership are thinking and practicing? There are enough evidences to point to the fact that we are being led away from democracy and into uncharted waters in Belizean history and vision. So far it has been an ongoing and a steady growing issue for decades that we have let slip by unnoticed and it is due to our own damn fault for being complacent.

We have been blinded by political colors, favoritism and ignorance. Such is the after effects of a society that has been raised to believe anything the politician says and to stay fastened to a particular party

Police State

Police State (Photo credit: Farfahinne)

because your forefathers did so or because you are friends or enemy to one politician or another. We must learn to see what the real deal is with people vying for seats in our legislation and ministries and make better judgment on them. We must arm ourselves with education and remove the blinds that have been placed over our eyes and start seeing in wide angles.. Far too long have we been taken for a ride, far too long have we remained ignorant, far too long have we let politicians have their way.

We are riding down a road that leads us away from democracy and freedom. If we continue on this road, pretty soon we will be faced with a system of Police State / Dictatorship / Kleptocracy. What are those you ask? Well let me give you a quick rundown..

Police State:

The term police state describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state.

Dictatorship:

A dictatorship is defined as an autocratic form of government in which the government is ruled by an individual, the dictator.  For some scholars, dictatorship is a form of government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed (similar to authoritarianism), while totalitarianism  describes a state that regulates nearly every aspect of public and private behavior of the people. In other words, dictatorship concerns the source of the governing power (where the power comes from) and totalitarianism concerns the scope of the governing power (what is the government). In this sense, dictatorship (government without people’s consent) is a contrast to democracy (government whose power comes from people) and totalitarianism (government controls every aspect of people’s life) opposes pluralism  (government allows multiple lifestyles and opinions). Though the definitions of the terms differ, they are related in reality as most of the dictatorship states tend to show totalitarian characteristics. When governments’ power does not come from the people, their power is not limited and tend to expand their scope of power to control every aspect of people’s life.

Kleptocracy:

Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, from Greek: κλέπτης (thieve) and κράτος (rule), is a term applied to a government that takes advantage of governmental corruption to extend the personal wealth and political power of government officials and the ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats), via the embezzlement  of state funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretense of honest service. The term means “rule by thieves”. Not an “official” form of government (such as democracy, republic, monarchy, theocracy) the term is a pejorative for governments perceived to have a particularly severe and systemic problem with the selfish misappropriation of public funds by those in power.

Like our famous Lauren Da Mawning used to seh.. Open yuh eyes, open yuh eyes da which cheese yuh think yuh mi di eat all diw while? Taste ah man taste ah…

Some have opened their eyes and tasted the cheese, and it is bitter..  Open your eyes and taste it for your self.

One People, One Destiny!


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8 thoughts on “The road we’re on and where it leads…

  • Karen Bodden

    It was rather sad reading your Blog and being forced to flashback as we are already experiencing the status you so eloquently described. Belize now have a government that refuses to listen to the people; they are too arrogant to do so. Decisions are made by a small group of individuals (Cabinet) who are so far detached from the people that they no longer understand their needs nor hear their cries. Our democracy is under threat while the masses either remains in ignorant bliss or busy scratching out a living. Either way they are in a very weak position to demand respect from their government. Those who are in a stronger position, unfortunately, are too busy pursuing self interest to pay heed to the slippery slope upon which we have embarked. Disagreeing with GOB = victimization.

  • creolbuay

    The sad part is that the people have no clue what is right under their feet. The system in Belize has been cultured in such a way that the Govt gets full power and can manipulate things to get what they want; people have been thought or brainwashed if you will over time to not be able to think for themselves but rather believe what they are told.

    Our education system, despite being one of the better in the hemisphere has failed us miserably in not teaching people about the constitution or the laws of Belize. People cannot make decisive choices because they simply lack the mental capacity to do so. Another atrocity is that despite the need for change it will not happen because the third parties are following suit on the same road as the parties of old.

    • Daniel Correa

      I congratulate such manner of exposition. Eloquence is the means of understanding of only a few… The most of which, needs to be in simple terms. To educate is to redeem, nevertheless, eloquency is not the means but rather a seed in barren grounds. As the subject expresses “Right in your backyard” these are the terms in need to describe Police State, Dictatorship and Kleptocracy and thereby the vast majority of our people would be educated effectively. Enhance continuing education with words and terms that are legible to everyone from all means of educational background. I hope, I’m not preaching to the choir, but rather, dedicated people to turn around the wrongly mode by which our people, for decades, have wrongly chosen to chose government. Ignorance is a state of mind, education with simple terms is a mind for our state.

  • FiWeBelize Post author

    Thanks for the feedback and encouragement. I try to keep it real and direct. It has always been my ideology that whenever something is conversed or documented, that it should be done in a way that anyone can relate and understand.

    Too many time have we been fed data that is simply not digestible so we make the best of it as we can and tend to go with that, most of the times it is completely in reverse of what we thought we understood.

    Today we are faced with the meager choices of the lesser of two evils and we simply cannot afford to continue down this path. It is my understanding and belief that it is us that know better that need to step up to the plate and provide a means for those less fortunate since those that should will never do it as doing so will remove their stronghold… Keeping the people ignorant.