A Conscience Meta-Post

Jamaica is a nation governed by murderers, and long before the vote on Tuesday to retain hanging we knew that the “leaders” of Jamaica were amoral demagogues who will murder so long as it is politically expedient to do so.

I’m blogging about blogging so please forgive the stream of consciousness writing-style, but I have been dutifully laboring to avoid making certain assertions here that are now inescapable. I did try to “see and blind, hear and deaf” as we say in J.A. but the sound of my own disdain is now so deafening that I cannot in good conscience continue to engage in the most egregious form of self-censorship.

I am uncertain even that it is self-censorship in which I am currently engaged — part of it is that I have over 10,000 hits now, so thank you. When I began this, if you’d have told me that only about 60 posts later I’d have over 10,000 hits in less than 6 months; and more importantly a fairly-nice sized daily readership; I’d have disbelieved you. I would have projected and forecast 10,000 hits at maybe late April 2009. The fact that I can pass 10,000 hits and have never sent this blog to my email address book, or promoted it to my friends, or really formally marketed it in any way, is due large to the magnanimity and generosity of the Jamaican blogosphere. Whether it is Annie Paul “Announcing the Diatribalist;” or Mad Bull RSSing new posts on his sidebar; or others who respond to email and stop by and make comments, there is a camaraderie and classiness among the Jamaican blogosphere that is woefully lacking in the mainstream Jamaican media. Apart from the petty and unprofessional behavior the mainstream Jamaican press have exhibited towards me with the bullshit blocking based on IP address, amazingly there are a number of columnists in Jamaica who can only refer to their counterparts and competitors as “the other major daily paper” or trifling references like that. Their behavior is reminiscent of market women who hold grudges against their fellow vendors in a common marketplace merely because they all sell similar goods. So thank you and much love to the Jamaican blogosphere — here’s hoping we go from strength to strength in the upcoming year and never find ourselves replicating the despicable and distasteful tendencies of the mainstream Jamaican press.

That being said, it is worth noting that the mainstream Jamaican press, the Daily Gleaner and Daily Observer, reach 10, 000 hits (so to speak) everyday by daybreak; so I have no delusions-of-grandeur about what this number means. It just that I’ve been blogging now for less than 6 months and this mark came ahead of schedule, sooner than I expected. For a really large blog hit count you can check out Stuff White People Like — a blog that, like mine, is also based on the WordPress platform and which as of right now has 49 million, 677 thousand and 295 hits. Thus, there is a lot of room for growth here, right?

My point, though, is that as the readership grows, I want to be careful to not say things which are indefensible or non-deliberate because there is a difference between censorship (even self-censorship) and continence. This blog is, first and foremost, an act of discipline and focus.

Self-censorship is a bad thing. While continence, according to Merriam Webster, is the ability to voluntarily retain a bodily discharge.” And since the nom-de-guerre here is “Diatribalist” and not “Diarrhea-list,” it is imperative that I continue to exercise continence and discipline in my posts.

As long as I am defining words let me also point out that diatribe has three connotations:

diatribe

Main Entry: di·a·tribe
Pronunciation: \ˈdī-ə-ˌtrīb\
Function: noun
Etymology:
Latin diatriba, from Greek diatribē pastime, discourse, from diatribein to spend (time), wear away, from dia- + tribein to rub – more at throw
Date: 1581

1 archaic : a prolonged discourse
2: a bitter and abusive speech or writing
3: ironic or satirical criticism

Source: Merriam Webster Online Dictionary

Throw away the archaic definition and note that I am more concerned with being ironic and satirical than I am with being bitter and abusive. But there is a time for bitterness and abuse; and certainly no other issue approaches and surpasses that threshold more easily that the issue of hanging.

Clearly, I am neither the dignified Betty Ann Blaine, nor the deservedly-award-winning Dr. Carolyn Gomes who must both tastefully tackle the absolutely idiotic arguments made in favor of retaining Jamaican capital punishment; unlike them I have no worry about building a coalition, or any concern of ruffling feathers. So if you are offended by strong opinions without syrup, and by strong language then it really would be best that you not continue reading this.

You have been warned!

I have tried to make these points softly with the Shoot Poor People School of Crime-Fighting and other posts and it seems to have been too subtle to have had the impact needed, so to paraphrase a PNP politician  — ‘no more gentleman business.’

Jamaica is a nation governed by murderers, and long before the vote on Tuesday to retain hanging we knew that the “leaders” of Jamaica were amoral demagogues who will murder so long as it is politically expedient to do so.

I almost successfully avoided commenting on the hanging debate, but the proverbial straw that has broken the cliched camel’s back in this hanging debate must have been the “dramatic” entry into the debate of the Most Hon. Edward Seaga.

Quick poll:

Now that I have asked the question I’ll tell you my answer — my reaction to this most unfortunate and egocentric injection into the debate by Seaga. If it is that we must hang murderers in Jamaica; “hang them, hang them, and hang them high” as Mr. Seaga says; then Mr. Seaga should surely be among the elite first to reach the gallows.

The main thrust behind the Gleaner’s article is that Seaga doesn’t support hanging but has found the latest acts of violence against children so abhorrent and extraordinary that he is willing to part from a previously held opposition to hanging so that he can encourage the hanging of child murderers.

No one could imply that violence against children isn’t every bit as horrific and abhorrent as Mr. Seaga describes; however I have to point out that Edward Seaga’s actions since independence have directly led us to the point where we currently find ourselves. After all, how long has Seaga been at the forefront of the politics, politricks, and power-struggles that have precipitated our reaching this level of carnage?

The idea that Seaga can support the death penalty for “murderers” is surely part of the comic relief available to Jamaicans during the storm of murder, pedophilia, rape, and blood that is raging over the island — the day that Edward Seaga can publicly say “we should hang murderers” without challenge, is indeed a day that Jamaicans should count themselves as cowards.

Even when you take the possibility that Edward Seaga has distributed firearms and ordered executions out of the equation, the other question to ask is whose administrative neglect precipitated and created the conditions under which so many children are now dying? Whose administrative neglect led to the squalor, the economic privations, the mis-education, the unsustainable and general under-development in Jamaica?

For those mindless partisans that want to read this and point the finger at Comrades, let me point out that Michael Manley is equally as responsible as Seaga — because regardless of the subjective interpretation of Manley’s intentions, we cannot argue with his results (or rather the lack of them.) Jamaica is what it is today, and these are the men that led the charge into this ditch. So when Edward Seaga; who will likely pass away asleep in his bed having lived a long, rich, and full life; says we need to hang murderers high —  I say “You first, Mr. Seaga, you first.” Too many young men were sent to die for his ambitions, and too many people are still dying long after some of those ambitions have passed. None of these young men lived to become the elegant and respectable old men that Seaga and Manley became with time, and to me that is murder.

Jamaica is a nation governed by murderers, and long before the vote on Tuesday to retain hanging we knew that the “leaders” of Jamaica were amoral demagogues who will murder so long as it is politically expedient to do so.

Say what I will about Seaga, I will readily admit that he has had his moments of political genius — and one of them was an ad when I was young (dating myself here) that said “A leopard will never change its spots.” And while the ad was about Michael Manley’s supposedly communist aspirations — that ad could equally apply to the current Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

Here we have a man, a great “leader,” who, as soon as he gets himself in some political trouble readily brings the hanging issue to a vote in parliament to serve as a massive distraction from the perceived failures of his government. Yet that same man has confessed previously to dealing in the toxic, violent, garrison politics that characterizes Jamaican democracy. Fair question: Are any of the eight convicts on death-row currently among the men to whom Bruce Golding has distributed fire-arms or instructed to commit acts of violence in the past?

Let’s get real here. Our nation is still relatively nascent, and the men that run the country now largely were there at its inception. We cannot blame colonial powers for our current quagmire because the truth is that our indigenous “leaders” created, and actively perpetuate, the murderous system of politics we call democracy. By definition that makes them murderers, and yet these same “leaders” can sit in parliament and guffaw while sentencing others, no more guilty than they are, to death. Shame must have taken flight from Jamaica, because there isn’t a trace of it in parliament. Or maybe it’s a case of “thief never love to see thief with long bag” as old time people aptly observed; maybe our political over-lords are unhappy that there can be any murder in Jamaica that isn’t to serve their own boundless (and often baseless) political ambitions.

But political gimmicks will always have their supporters — and hanging is no doubt the Cash Plus of crime plans. Many simpletons will line up and bleat like the sheeple they are in support of an abominable act, even when there are only eight people on death row; even when we can barely catch the criminals that are now holding the nation hostage; and even when we know that many of the criminals out there are in league with corrupt police and politicians. Go ahead and invest your hopes in hanging as the solution to the crime problem — but I doubt your dividend will be any different than the dividend Cash Plus is paying today.

We have a law enforcement infrastructure that is rife with nepotism, insider-dealing, incompetence, and corruption — but there are those that will gladly send some undefined vague notion of “they” to the gallows under that inept system because the assumption is it can never happen to “us” or someone we love.

Wait till some policeman murders his mistress or colleague and then decides to plant the murder weapon on you?

The fact that this hypothetical scenario is not unlikely, and the fact that it is not even unlikely to be effective is the same reason why no moral and upstanding Jamaican who cares about law-and-order should support hanging.

Death is different — this is the pronouncement of the American Supreme Court —  which is why a state, especially when that state is as incompetent and corrupt as the Jamaican government, should never be allowed to murder anyone, anywhere. Even in America the death penalty is scarcely more than a sanitized lynch posse, disparately affecting black men for the same crimes as white men; and disparately killing innocent black men due to both the contemporary racism and legacy white-supremacy encoded into American jurisprudence.

But in Jamaica, given the lack of confidence that Jamaicans have in even basic functions of the justice system, the death penalty is definitively murder. So while I am blogging about blogging, let me note something else: I have always treated subjects of my posts here with respect. If someone wants to make an idiotic assertion then I will gladly reveal and ridicule here that the assertion is idiotic, that is one of my Objectives. What I have never done is to call someone an idiot for making an idiotic assertion. With that said, I want to make the case that only murderers would support the death penalty in Jamaica — and if you’re supporting it you may want to ask yourself, “Am I a murderer?”

I believe that anyone supporting the death penalty in Jamaica does so with the knowledge that innocent people will be killed as a result of such support. And yet that supporter of the death penalty, despite the fact that innocent people will die, feels comfortable with the death of the innocents because of the epidemic proportions of crime currently taking place in Jamaica. In other words, death penalty supporters are willing to kill innocent people because they feel justified in doing so by their current circumstances. The man in the ghetto with the gun, who we picture hanging in our collective imagination, is also willing to kill innocent people because he feels justified — “him youth them hungry.” The politicians in parliament that came of age in the 1970s and 1980s are willing to kill innocent people because they feel justified — “a so the runnings bout ya go, yu know.” So kudos to anyone that can tell me the difference between the law-and-order civilian supporter of the death penalty and the shottas planning a robbery-rape-murder tonight or the politicians voting to retain hanging.

Let me also say that the Gleaner and the Observer have failed the people of Jamaica yet again through-out this debate. No objective analysis has graced their pages that would arm Jamaican citizens with the ability to critically evaluate the proposed resumption of hanging, and I believe that both papers’ actions have been overall supportive of the death penalty. They have cheer-leaded the vote to retain hanging and celebrated without apology the success of that effort. Indeed, nothing is as immoral as the markedly absent notion of journalism before the vote took place. For example: If there are eight people on death row —  why not examine the last eight hangings in Jamaica and publish questionable circumstances, if any, surrounding the convictions underlying those executions? Why not visit (O.J. Simpson lawyer) Barry Scheck’s Innocence Project and write a story about how a well-intended and reasonably competent system can get it wrong and end up sentencing an innocent man to death based on seemingly iron-clad forensic evidence? Rather than examine the issue from both sides, the two newspapers did nothing that could influence the people to think differently than these  two newspapers wanted them to think.

The two men below were convicted falsely and sentenced to death in America, each of their pictures links to the relevant details. Coincidentally, reasons America’s justice system has wrongly convicted the innocent include:

  • Eyewitness Mis-identification
  • Unreliable or Limited Science
  • False Confessions
  • Forensic Science Fraud or Misconduct
  • Government Misconduct
  • Informants or Snitches, and
  • Bad Lawyering

    Innocent man sentenced to death after child murder
    Innocent man sentenced to death after child murder
Innocent man sentenced to death
Innocent man sentenced to death

Apparently Jamaica has all of these potential pitfalls corrected and covered, so we can get the hangman some rope and tell him to start warming up. I wonder if we’d get Observer editorials crowing about “uninformed commentary” on the forensic capability of the Jamaican justice system if Butch Stewart or his big son were falsely accused of rape? Old time people used to say, and I paraphrase, that when you dig a hole for someone else, make sure you remember where you dig it or you just might be the one to fall into it. The supporters of hanging should similarly be careful.

At least the Gleaner and Observer have the courage of their (murderous) convictions to stand up and be counted. The Most Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, apparently had better things to do when the roll was being called down yonder. I said above that shame must have taken flight from Jamaica, and indeed it did — Portia’s cowardice on this crucial issue is the picture of shame itself. When I heard that she wouldn’t be there for the vote because she had a commitment that couldn’t be rescheduled I was left to idly speculate on one thing only: was it a reading or a wash-off? Shame Simpson-Miller, shame! As a constitutional officer of the country, she needed to have considered her duties in parliament a higher priority than re-stocking her shelves with Oil-A-Progress.

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20 thoughts on “A Conscience Meta-Post

  1. Congrats on reaching 10,000 views. I think that Jamaican blogs are like a niche readership unlike Stuff White People Like blog. There are exceptions though Barbados Free Press is a well written blog about that island that has a big readership and they are sort of niche too, at least that what I think. Over all a well written blog updated regularly will do well.

    On the hanging issue personally I am torn on this issue. I don’t think our focus should be on hanging. I don’t think it will help with crime. Especially with a very cumbersome and inefficient justice system. Not only that as a Jamaican I do not trust our leaders or the justice system. I don’t think they are competent enough.

    At the same time when I hear of the daily blood, multiple murders, heartless savagery it is hard for me not to say they deserve the harshest penalty possible. I understand that a lot of hanging is about revenge, settling scores, emotions run high and we need closure. We must be rational and not be driven by anger.

    I don’t fully support hanging at this moment but I would not protest it either.

  2. Congratulations on exceeding/surpassing ten thousand hits. Certainly, an achievement in the blogosphere. Honestly, one is of the perspective that this blog MY VIEW OF JAM DOWN FROM UP SO will do extremely well, going forward, with respect to readership volume and traffic, both within Jamaica, the Jamaican diaspora and with individuals —- non-Jamaicans —- who are strongly interested in and passionate about issues pertaining to Jamaica and Jamaicans. Nonetheless, a suggestion, if I may!? Eschewing advertisement may not necessarily be positive. Indeed, a little advertisement/marketing of the blog could/will be advantageous. Hence, one is of the view, that you should factor this in the management and administration of the blog.Interestingly, such advertising or marketing of the blog, can be done in a manner that/which does not compromise the integrity and the objectives of the blog.Nuff respect!!

  3. @ Esteban: In the beginning, I was afraid that if I sent the blog to friends then I’d end up kinda writing to their tastes — so now I’d send it out to my address book but before I didn’t want to fall into an old role. Promotion going forward is something to think about.

  4. Hey DD,

    wow, congrats, i am so envious. i have watched enviously as your hits raced past mine in spite of assiduously informing my list every other post i do. your blog is really good, sometimes you overreact to things like a true diasporan, but your critiques of the media have been spot on so no wonder people are tuning into you the way they are.

    On hanging and the death penalty the Gleaner had an extremely good editorial on the subject last Friday: their position was trenchantly against both. i felt this was probably the same person who wrote the previous day’s editorial excoriating jamaican homophobia a la Basil and Bruce.

    some great lines you have in this post:
    “…these are the men that led the charge into this ditch.”
    and
    “…hanging is no doubt the Cash Plus of crime plans”

    brilliant!

    looking forward to the next 10,000…

  5. I must say, your post has raised some interesting points, all of which I had thought about before, but dismissed. Because to be completly honest, while some persons may slip through the cracks, the vast majority of persons executed will be truly guilty.

    There was one exception I will admit had not crossed my mind, falsification of evidence. I do not know how I could have forgotten it. I have always been careful (I hope) to explain that I only support the death penalty with certain reforms including raising the standard of proof needed. However, I don’t trust the police, so for now you have me on your side.

    My next question must therefore be, what do we do? Because while i’d love to save innocent lives, some semblance of order needs to be restored.

  6. A very interesting and well articulated explication/exposition of the conscience vote, hanging and the death penalty, in a beleaguered, besieged, and tortured society/polity, totally bent on nihilism and self destruction. While looking for and advocating quick, instantaneous and inappropriate fixes/solutions in the form of revenge via the restoration of hanging and the death penalty in general, as a consequence of the abysmal and horrendous failure to address, manage and solve the gargantuan persistent socio-economic and marginalization problems, of a society in sundry forms and stages of moral, social and economic decline, due to the monumental and colossal failure and poverty of political leadership over the last forty five years, post constitutional decolonization/independence. “. . . We cannot blame colonial powers for our current quagmire, for the truth is that our indigenous “leaders” created and actively perpetuate, the murderous system of politics we call democracy. . . . and yet these same “leaders” can sit in parliament and guffaw while sentencing others no more guilty than they are, to death. . . . We have a law enforcement infrastructure that is rife with nepotism, insider dealing, incompetence and corruption. . . and for this reason no moral and upstanding Jamaican who cares about law-and- order should support hanging. ” Well said, Diatribalist, an immensely poignant and extremely relevant, legitimate and bonafide perspective/position.

    Unfortunately, the conscience vote is now history, also, it is quite apparent, that many of our fanatically rabid politicians frothing/foaming at the mouth re hanging and the death penalty, are now convinced, that the majority vote in Parliament for the restoration of hanging will be or act as a deterrent based on the respective arguments promulgated by them in and outside of Parliament. It will be interesting to see what happens going forward ,when the raw , acute and stark realization manifests itself in the macabre and sombre statistics in the medium term, post the first execution, that hanging in essence has not deterred the incidence of vicious crimes and homicides in Jamaica.Interestingly, the incidence of summary executions and extra judicial killings on the part of the Jamaican state is already excessively significant and even such killings have not resulted in a corresponding decrease in heinous crimes and homicides within the society.On the contrary, as a matter of fact, the society is actually experiencing an exponential increase in such crimes, which immediately suggests that the answer to resolving Jamaica’s monstrous crime problem may/is not necessarily hanging but improving the HUMAN CONDITION of the society especially in the most marginalized areas via opportunities, social intervention, economic growth and development, as opposed to more blood lust and blood letting, this time on the part of the state through state violence in the form of revenge.Nuff respect!!

  7. @ DuttyBwoy: I am exactly where you are. I don’t support capital punishment, but yet the details of the Ananda Dean case are so gruesome, and my vivid imagination so disturbed by the facts that have been published that like many people I am angry and want revenge. Rationally though, I look at the pictures of the men above who were sentenced to death for child murders that they didn’t commit, one of them had 5 eye-witnesses that testified at trial that they saw him with the victim. If we would have murdered that man, we would have been worse than the actual child-murderer we were seeking to punish.

    @ Annie: Thanks for the kind words, although I should note that a link from you always causes a 50% spike in the readership of any post so you most definitely have a higher per post readership — and I can only encourage you to link more often. 😉
    As for the Gleaner, I saw the editorial (actually for the first time when I was looking for the “letter to readers” you mentioned) and along with Espeut’s well written column both make a solid case against hanging. But they have published so much pro-hanging opinion, that coupled with the lack of critical analysis examples I proposed above, it all leads me to see their position as net-supportive for the death penalty. To a certain extent I am lumping them in with the Observer which had Clovis out front leading the pro-hanging charge — even though the Observer published a powerful op-ed from Betty Ann Blaine that beat me to the punch on a number of points made above.
    Being that the title of the OpEd you mentioned is “Vote No, MPs” I will review it more in the morning and likely revise the statement that “both papers have made their support abundantly clear.” Thanks for the catch.

    @ Esteban: I wonder if any hanging will actually take place now. I think we have so many problems that the last thing we need is a specific Jamaican convict’s face plastered in US and EU newspapers as being hung under cloudy circumstances.

  8. Diatribalist, if you have the necessary time, you may want to check out THE TELEGRAPH Newspaper, United Kingdom. The Telegraph has enumerated the twenty most dangerous places in the world. Interestingly, and quite unfortunately, Kingston, Jamaica is listed as one of the twenty most dangerous cities in the world. What a distinction!!!? Certainly, one is not surprised!

  9. @ Esteban: Saw the article at your recommendation. It is a dubious distinction, but if you take out the war zones, a lot of these places are places I want to visit.

  10. D – on point as always. I gotta run so just a couple things:

    Speaking your mind is not [only] about being bitter or abusive. It is absolutely necessary, especially at a time where the powers that be – to whom we are supposed to bow, scrape and smile while they spit in our faces – are using all they have available to silence and shut us out. They need to know that we can and do see far beyond what they are capable of, and that we are capable of translating that knowledge into something else.
    Carolyn Gomes can do her thing; but we need to also do ours. Both approaches are necessary. This is not the time for pussyfooting or jestering. Keep the words flowing, no matter how hard it can be to tame the anger sometimes.

    There is clearly something going on within the Gleaner’s editorial board. Some of the editors – in their usual lazy way – probably think that if they just publish something about what is being talked about, then they fulfilled their duty to provide information. Never mind that the quality and content of the information is so profoundly biased and flatulent. Somebody – I agree with Annie that it was the same person – wrote three editorials that were spot on, but it was also too little too late, and did not come anywhere close to balancing the weeks and weeks of drivel that have been published. We desperately need a progressive media outlet that offers decent analysis, and for now, blogs like yours are it. I say you find ways to turn some of your posts into pdf’s and I am sure persons like myself will gladly print a few and distribute them!

    I say we fire all o dem rahtid MP deh! When it come to governance, mo’s a dem a one set a heediyat! Dem really need fi go to a special training school fi go learn how to conduct themselves like a legislator. From Portia all the way down, they don’t know b from backfoot regarding ethical conduct; all dem can tink bout is how fi keep di seat whe’ dem have so dem can reap dem BMW an what not! Regardless of what she thought of the whole debate, her so-called commitment to sufferahs required that she be there. After all, a who she tink dem ready fi hang? And you know why she an di res’ o dem can continue to do that? Because we don’t say a blasted word to them! Shame might’a fly wheh, but me sure seh visa mus’ expire one day.

    If there were a Hall of Shame, Seaga would be the inaugural honoree. He is well aware that we will not call him out because after all, he has made SUCH contributions to this society (exactly how long can he hobble along on those laurels is entirely up to us, right?). And so he he aptly manipulates our silence and dares us to speak out against him. I don’t need to enumerate all of what he has done or not done since he set foot in Jamaica. NOTHING he has accomplished so far can excuse or even accommodate his careful (mis)use of his reputation to sway public and legislative opinion. That his position was not even well-thought out is neither here nor there. And of course, since everybody is hyped about killing the “murderers”, we can be sure that our reliable legal system will make it clear exactly who constitutes such a “murderer”, and by golly, those persons will never look like Seaga.

    The Innocence Project came out of some serious hard work, with little pay and enormous confidence and investment in the power of documenting the truth. If we are indeed serious about providing the evidence for how and why the Jamaican penal system is basically a pisspot that is stinking up the whole place, I think we really need to start doing some of that investigative work that journalists refuse [or are unable] to do. Take even one of those hanging cases from years ago – take even one of the cases on death row now, and evaluate the evidence. We need to build our own systems of information and accountability. Asking the questions is one thing; finding out the answers is another necessary step.

    One love,
    LB

  11. Great going with the hits! We’re trending away from the newspapers…watch out for the snowball effect in your favor…

    Only in Jamaica could the architects of the nation’s present disfigurement continue to

    — pronounce judgement on and sentence the types they so carefully helped create and nurture over the years;

    — preside over the nation’s demise after having richly rewarded themselves for their trouble — and from the national coffers to boot;

    — abdicate their parliamentary duties with flourish.

    Evidently the nation has not yet had enough, the protest march was trumped by the football match.

    Want to see people fed up with their politicians? Check out the Thais and their recent protest. Not advocating violence, just enough numbers to make the authorities sit up and take notice.

    But, as I frequently hear from down-so, “things not too bad”, and “Jamaica is not the worst place, yu nuh.”

    Who am I to dispute it? Perhaps they’re not fed-up enough just yet…

  12. The broken windows theory may be applicable in certain geographic areas of Jamaica, with respect to cleanliness, social sanitation, public hygiene, the promulgation of beautification and aesthetic values of the society and the de-uglification of the general environment, and of course some limited or minor impact on social order and behaviour. But at this critical, social, political and economic juncture in Jamaica, Jamaica is too CHAKA CHAKA for such a theory to be effective on a grand or general scale, much more resolving the burning and vexing issues of the society,i.e., intractable savagery, vicious/heinous crimes and ubiquitous bloodletting/homicides. In other words, wha gwane bad a mawning caan guh good a evening,EVERYTHING CRASH!! Undoubtedly, in the case of Jamaica, the Rubicon has been passed. Nonetheless, having articulated this perspective, this does not mean, imply or suggest that the broken windows theory, where applicable, should not be incorporated and operationalized in conjunction with other possible paradigms, modalities, and social approaches in solving or addressing Jamaica’s myriad problems.Nuff respect!!

  13. What political satire? Jamaica’s political culture does not lend or allow for any real or substantial political satire. How unfortunate!!?

  14. @ Esteban: I think that you are likely right as everything is chaka-chaka, however perhaps we can begin to change that with more “spruce up” campaigns. Maybe if some churches put money towards these kinds of projects instead of bigger “Building Funds,” Jamaica would be a better place.

  15. With respect to the role of churches in “spruce up” campaigns. Certainly, some churches are extremely involved in the beautification, cleanliness and sanitation of the society. But, as you rightly contend, there are churches and ministers who are more interested in increasing their “Building Funds” apparently, with the rationalization and objective of immortalizing and memorializing themselves via the construction of behemoths and massive edifices —- a sort of Taj Mahalization so to speak—- for singing, praying and general worshipping.Meanwhile, involvement and expenditure on practical social activism of the nature described is considered incidental and inconsequential.

  16. Apparently, THE SUNDAY HERALD is an occassional newspaper,because the website can only be ad or accessed occassionally.Hopefully,the site will be operational soon.

  17. Diatribalist, one is of the perspective that many people do hold or share that view regarding the end of times —- especially Christians. The reason, is, that so many things are happening and unfolding concurrently. And, these are not minor events, they are in essence, world shattering/changing and of great historical impact and magnitude.Take for example, the global economic crisis, the depth, intensity, scope and magnitude of this crisis, is so far reaching ,that at times ,it seems or appears unfathomable intellectually.The massive layoffs, such as the more than half million people terminated in the month of November.The possible demise of the Big Three and the attendant consequences of such a fallout, both in the United States and internationally can or will be extremely catastrophic in terms of a possible global depression.Indeed, times and things have certainly changed. I distinctly remember when the popular mantra or refrain was ” what is good for GM is good for America .” This is no longer applicable, such refrains are now relegated to the trash heap of history. Certainly, juxtaposed with the economic issues, is the politics of corruption, especially, the behavior of the Governor of the state of Illinois, Rod Blajgoveitch, in his attempt at conspiracy and the commodification of President elect Obama’s senate seat.Then again, the absurdities of Jamaica, specifically, the intractable savagery on the part of certain elements within the society, and the growing and increasing irrelevancy of the Golding administration. In sum, nuff things a gwane, but the end is not near, just problems and more problems. Enjoy the Christmas, Star. Nuff respect!!

  18. @ Esteban: There is a Chinese saying of dubious meaning as it is meant to be a discreet curse. It says: “May you live in interesting times.” Undoubtedly we are living in interesting times.

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