Bahama Republic

Election fever has brought some interesting things back to my attention, such as this blog, Bahama Republic.

It’s not that I didn’t know it existed. It’s right there in my blogroll, among the various links that are expired, obsolete, or moved. That means I knew about it three, four or five years ago (don’t know how long ago I constructed the blogroll—the older I get, the more time compresses into one big blur). Still. As is the case with many of those links, I haven’t revisited it in some time.

But links to its posts are resurfacing on Facebook via the Demand Debates campaign, and because there’s more discussion regarding life and work at the College of The Bahamas.

Go check it out. It’s good reading. I tend to fall into its camp with regard to the ways in which we view ourselves, our fundamental conservatism and fear of confrontation, our need of “brain-un-washing”. I particularly agree with the idea that 2012 and possibly years to come “may see the continuation of the unfinished revolution of the 1960/70s.” I’m not sure I share all of its cynicism, and while I am as unimpressed with the “achievements” of the past five years as the author is, I have not been convinced that a return to a PLP administration will be the magic bullet that solves all our problems.

My only criticism? There’s nothing on the site to indicate who’s behind it. Now while I can’t blame a person (who for all I know may well be a civil servant, and therefore prohibited from exercising the constitutionally guaranteed right of free-ish speech, or a sitting MP, or even—weird thought—a down-low member of the FNM cabinet) for wishing to keep a low profile, the lack of identifiable authorship does give me pause. Anonymity is sometimes necessary, but in this cyberage it is also an easy way to make statements for which one does not have to take responsibility. We live in a country where responsibility is too easily shifted from the person to the generic; it seems to me that one way to counter that failing is for each citizen to step up and take personal responsibility for what they feel, think and say.

That said, what do I know? I don’t know the author’s situation, and for all I know his/her livelihood may depend on keeping the powerful happy. In that case, the blog itself is an exercise in responsibility.

In any event, go read Bahama Republic. It’s heartening to see the continued level of discussion, and well worth it.

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