Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Politics And State Management: The Role Of Propaganda--B.B Bakampa Responds

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com;


Comrade, I have just had the pleasure and honour of reading your opinion on propaganda. I had printed a copy for myself long before but hardly had I got time to sit down and read it thoroughly. Well, today morning I did and I must say that it is a “masterpiece”. Thank you for such a well thought-out piece of writing. Seeing young people like you put forward such intellectual averments gives me a lot of joy and I must confess that I am proud of you. Congratulations and thanks very much.

But, comrade, you leave one important question unanswered i.e. What then happens when the state it self is composed of selfish politicians who use this knowledge and take advantage of the press to propagate propaganda at the expense of the proletariat? This follows your analysis of the importance of propaganda to the citizenry (particularly the proletariat as you call them) and general management of the state which you aptly sum thus: It is an all-important interest of the State and a national duty to prevent these people from falling into the hands of false, ignorant or even evil-minded teachers.

Personally I believe the answer lies in the conviction of the few self-less and non-selfish members of the society. These must come out to defend and appeal to the good conscience of the reasonable and right thinking members of the society. The point is to engender a basic minimum of principles below which society and more so the state should not be allowed to stoop in spite of the “simpleton” and “credulous” character of the proletariat masses. A close analysis of the developed world indicates that this has been done for the sake of development. Take an example of the great United States of America: those guys have consistently changed leadership every after eight years since independence in 1776. This is not because America had no proletariats and propagandist politicians to take advantage of them. Rather, the political class in America was able to establish limits beyond which no opportunism and political deception was tolerated. Some people (the self-less and non-selfish) had to sacrifice for this. My friend Professor Mahmood Mamdan argues that Africa must emulate this and with him, I respectfully agree entirely.

Then let me also state two things as I conclude;
(i) that there is both positive and negative propaganda. Your presentation dwells on the latter ignoring the former. Perhaps the distinction lies in the purpose for which it is done. Whether it is for general national development (like Mao Tse Tung’s) or for individual glory and prosperity (like the one prevalent in corruption-riddled Africa). To have a better appreciation of the distinction as derived from the purpose, regard must be had to the definition of the term propaganda and the OXFORD ADVANCED LEARNER’S DICTIONERY OF MODERN ENGLISH defines it as a (means of, measures for the) spreading of information, doctrines, ideas, etc).
(ii) Propaganda is not a weapon only available to politicians but to a host of other people as well. A good example is manufacturing sector especially the pharmaceuticals. Comrade, those guys can do anything to market their drugs. They will make the best use of propaganda where their products are subject to challenge and criticisms. The manufacturer will do anything to defend it until he/she reaps abnormal profits from it, including sponsoring media space. They are more ruthless where they very well know that actually the product doesn’t cure. For instance, have you been following the DDT debate in Uganda? Interest yourself in it and you will get my point. But this isn’t to say that DDT doesn’t cure: for as regards that, I am as green as any other common man only waiting for destiny’s course. There is also the FANSIDER drug issue.

Finally, comrade, I would advise that you always leave contacts on all your public communications so that your readers can always get back to you. An e-mail does it for me. It is such a nice thing to receive feedback from your readers, whether negative or positive. It shows that your work is useful and valued.