|Reinventing Ethiopian Politics|
|Written by Professor Alemayehu G. Mariam|
|Monday, 18 January 2010|
Aristotle wrote that "man is a political animal" to suggest that the defining characteristic of human beings is involvement in the civic life of their communities.
The discourse in contemporary Ethiopian politics undoubtedly has a sharp edge to it. It tends to be confrontational and adversarial, which serves its own purposes
The current state of affairs in Ethiopia calls for the reinvention of politics in the democratic opposition by disconnecting from the self-destructive politics of the past and overwrought politics of the present, and connecting to a new politics of the future which transcends partisanship, ethnicity, ideology, language, region and so on. This reinvention requires several things: a paradigm shift in political thought and behavior, a radical change in perspective, a new approach and lexicon for political communication and a redefinition of the issues within a broader national agenda. It calls for politics that is "compassion-centered" and pragmatically oriented to creatively solving the entrenched problems of governance.
What is needed to begin the "reinvention" of Ethiopian politics?
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