Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The End

If we will listen to the judgment of those who should best know the nature of popular government, we shall find no reason for good men to desire or choose it. Xenophon, that brave scholar and soldier, disallowed the Athenian commonweal for that they followed that form of government wherein the wicked are always in greatest credit, and virtuous men kept under. They expelled Aristides the Just; Themistocles died in banishment; Miltiades in prison; Phocion, the most virtuous and just man of his age, though he had been chosen forty-five times to be their general, yet he was put to death with all his friends, kindred, and servants, by the fury of the people, without sentence, accusation, or any cause at all.

- Sir Robert Filmer, Patriarcha.


  1. Please can this blog finally be transformed in to a review of Ghanian politics?

  2. What has the the Zongo Caucus of the Odododiodioo Constituency been up to lately?

  3. "What has the the Zongo Caucus of the Odododiodioo Constituency been up to lately?"

    The word around the office coolers in Accra is the Zongo Caucus National Vice-Chairman, Alhaji Said Sinare, recently quit the organization after suffering the deeply humiliating experience of being photographed wearing a VERY uncool Kufi Kofi Hat that clashed with his Dashiki outfit, a huge fashion faux pas in Zongo country. However, the Caucus has asked him to rescind his decision. It seems leading the Zongo Caucus is not the glamourous and highly coveted position one might expect, and no other poor sap has been persuaded to take the job.

  4. Thanks for the update, though you may be underestimating the fringe benefits of being a minor Ghanian politician:


  5. I'm so SICK of your Ghana smears!

    You're really "Ghana" get it if I ever find you, C. Van Carter!

  6. Nice one, anon, though none of my Ghana observations are smears. From afar Ghana (and Africa in general) is interesting - compare J.J Rawlings to Obama, for example.

  7. Your profuse apologies about the Ghana slanders are accepted.

    Africa's also interesting up close. When I was at the museum in Lusaka, there was all sorts of displays about the Zambian plans for space exploration back in the 60s, an event that may have passed unnoticed by you.


    As probably the only one who's ever been to the museum in Lusaka, I'll let you know that the retrospective on the Zambians' failed space venture is directly next to an exhibit on the toll taken on rural society by witchcraft. Seriously.

    When I met a Zambian mover at my house in L.A. we talked mainly about how Indians run his country. He said he was studying economics at Cal State Northridge to change all that.

  8. "...WERE all sorts of displays."

    Egads. My English slips when I speak of Ghana or Zambia.

  9. Anon: What a find. I'm going to do a post about it over on ADC.

  10. See this:


    Thanks for the tip.

  11. Ghanian politics have made their way into The Economist.


    Some big election has all The Wrong Sorts of People interested:

    'Foreign-aid and human-rights bodies, diplomats and church people all hold daily meetings and workshops with titles such as “Elections: Lessons from Zimbabwe and Kenya for Ghana”. '

    Sadly, no mention of the Zongo Caucus of the Odododiodioo Constituency. However, notice the amusing outfit worn by the biker in front of the Ashanti stool-shaped presidential palace, which is also amusing. Has America's Zubaz craze of the early 1990s penetrated Ghana?

  12. This blog has become more popular since it ended.

    Thanks for the link. As for the Zubaz pants, I think it shows that Ghanians appreciate the classics.

  13. Since it ended??!! This musn't end. As long as there are power hungry (or just hungry) men in Africa wearing funny hats, this great chronicle of them MUST continue...!

  14. ADC hasn't ended, the recent lack of posts is temporary. I hope.

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  16. It's been almost 4 years -- time to bring this blog back.

  17. The blog started in 2007, so it has been more than four years.