In this episode, Tony is joined by Bonface Gitaua for a two-hour crash course on the history of Kenyan democracy. They discuss next year’s general elections; why fear is the main driving force of ethnic hostility; big man politics; Hannah Arendt’s idea of “the banality of evil” & what it has to say about why neighbours maim each other during elections; Nyayoism & Daniel arap Moi’s Kenya Africa Nationalism; the case for (and against) Raila Odinga–why he might be the lesser of two evils; Andrew Morton’s “Moi: The Making of an African Statesman”; presidential term limits in Africa; whether Democracy ought to be as malleable in definition as Kagame suggests; language & national identity; the case for (and against) Western democracy; the China-U.S. trade war; the Western gaze & what Macron refers to as “Africa’s civilizational problems”; the Afghanistan withdrawal; the case for (and against) aid & interventionism; the 2018 media shutdown; hate speech statutes; the nuclear threat; free expression & what should count as a reasonable limit to it; the case for (and against) self-censorship; and many other topics.
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