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Economic systems and spiritual life

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Spiritual life, therefore, between slaves and slave-maids on one hand then masters on the other can never be harmonious. Under feudalism, a few own land and do not labour while the majority do not own land but labour on it and from whatever they produce, they are obliged to pay rent to the landlord.

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Spiritual life, therefore, between slaves and slave-maids on one hand then masters on the other can never be harmonious. Under feudalism, a few own land and do not labour while the majority do not own land but labour on it and from whatever they produce, they are obliged to pay rent to the landlord.

By Kajabago-Ka-Rusoke

Spiritual life is divided into two parts: The good and the bad and wrong spiritual life. Where does spiritual life come from?

Spiritual life comes from two areas. One is labour and another is property.

Labour is a necessary social activity for all human beings in order to make a living. But in order to labour human beings are already on land. Then they must-have tools that they can use to tackle land from which they can obtain raw materials which again they must transform into the final necessary items for consumption. Here land, tools and labour are in common.

The questions here are whose labour and who owns it? When labour is in common and at the same time, land and tools as property are owned in common, then spiritual life, subsequently and accordingly is in common. Under the slave system, masters own land, tools and all objects of labour, but do not work.

Spiritual life, therefore, between slaves and slave-maids on one hand then masters on the other can never be harmonious. Under feudalism, a few own land and do not labour while the majority do not own land but labour on it and from whatever they produce, they are obliged to pay rent to the landlord.

There is no harmony here between those two social groups. Under capitalism, the capitalist owns the land where an economic unit is established plus all the tools and objects of labour in it. He or she only introduces the idea of what should be produced but does not physically take part in what is being produced.

Only the labourers he or she has employed harness all other factors into a physical process of production when he or she is just a spectator and at the end of the entire process of production, collect profits from the enterprise. Where does profit come from?

 This is a result of the number of hours worked by labourers, but which have not been paid for when those labourers are given their wages. It is a very mysterious method of cheating labourers in all world private enterprises and is the economic law that governs capitalism. Eventually, each capitalist in each and every personal and private enterprise accumulates all the profits and this leads to the need for a banking system where money can be safely kept. The banks then develop oligarchies that control and administer the banking systems for the capitalist classes.

The capitalist classes will then combine into trusts, syndicates, and monopolies in order to control the economy of the entire national territory of a country. Then either one or some of the entrepreneurs might discover that the item or items in which they are engaged can be produced less expensively in another country than in their own country, especially when they discover that mainly labour there would be cheaper than in their own country. In that case, they decide to export capital to that other country as opposed to the would-be export of commodities they have been producing locally. All these economic stages and categories illustrate capitalism as monopolistic and parasitic in the face of all wage-earning labourers of any type of private enterprise.

Hence capitalism in history unfolds into a higher economic stage — imperialism. When imperialism begins operating on the territory of another country with military and political powers for its own economic purposes and against those of the indigenous people of that country, then imperialism has now unfolded into an economic system called colonialism.

Colonialism is a system whereby either a country or a group of countries, is bound together by political and military ties for the economic purposes of a capitalist class of a foreign country. But when foreign rulers over a colony are defeated and do leave, then replaced by an indigenous group of rulers, but where the economy remains in the hands of the capitalist classes of foreigners again, then that becomes a neocolony and the system is neocolonialism. The change is just artificial. This system induces ministers, civil servants, local businessmen, and women to ally themselves to foreign investors for financial commissions during negotiations for further investments in a variety of branches of the national economy of the former colony.

Corruption infiltrates the whole of the former colony’s state apparatus and economic base. In Uganda, there is an organisation referred to as the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) through which money is deducted from workers’ wages and salaries every month and banked. This money is said to be intended for the welfare of workers. Instead of using it to establish economic sectors geared towards workers’ welfare, it is used as loans for those who want to start private businesses again in order to gain from another new emerging working class, which they will exploit in the same way as the old one from which they are deducting part of their wages and salaries in the name of NSSF for workers who are nationally exploited by employers’ associations, which are part and component of a neocolonial economic base.

Any country in the world whose leaders do not pay attention to the welfare of workers and peasants are just plutocrats.  They emphasise the need for private sectors in order to enrich themselves above poor majorities turning those countries into plutocrats. In Uganda, for example, there is evicting of peasants almost every week from the land by plutocrats in alliance with officials of the Ministry of Lands who are bribed in order to serve such anti-people practices. On top of all that, the Uganda Constitution allows feudalism as a correct economic system with religious institutions owning chunks of land above poor peasants whom they entertain under prayers in order to appease them against poverty.

They tell them that they can put up with poverty until death when they will go to another world called Heaven where there will be neither pain nor torture. That there is only a need for patience in the world.

 There is not such education in the world that religion is an instrument and means of appeasing the poor under the rich in order to tolerate poverty so as to neutralize the would-be bitter complaints by the poor against the rich. Then the rich will also use religion to ask God to prevent any misfortune that would destroy their wealth so that they do not also be as poor as the poor themselves.

Religion is just an expression of economic feelings on that part of either the poor or the rich or those who have lost their beloved ones who would still be of economic advantage to those who continue living. Leaders in the former colonies should pay great attention to organizing peasants under cooperative societies in the countryside of their countries where those peasants should be led to understand what they should produce, how they should produce them, how to organize marketing, where to deposit their incomes after selling and, how to use their incomes, in order to establish modern homesteads in the villages so as to lead a decent life under people’s welfare status.

Workers at a national level should be exposed to Labour Education. This includes methods of collective bargaining with employers concerning their welfare which comes from the nature and amount of work they perform under either private or state sectors. Uganda had a labour college but was closed by the Uganda people’s congress government as all its premises were turned into assets for what came to be known as the Law Development center. All the following governments after U.P.C followed what U.P.C government implemented against Uganda workers. There should be decent housing estates for workers in all urban areas of the former colonies. There should be suitable dresses that must match with the climatic and physical conditions under which the workers are operating and performing. They must be assured of a balanced type of diet in order to sustain biologically balanced bodies that can match with the types of labour they perform in each and every economic unit on national territory.

The Uganda constitution does not endorse slave-owning in its national economic mechanism but allows feudalism as correct and acceptable. Already in Uganda, there is no spiritual oneness or harmony either in urban or countryside areas because of the type of economic mechanism on the country’s national territory. This is an indication that the country’s leadership is academically ignorant of correct -and appropriate methods of work that would be used to phase out roots of feudalism as introduced by British colonialism then left behind by the same and, unfortunately, confirmed by the post-colonial leaders who were also ignorant up to now.

Lack of spiritual harmony between the USA and China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, put together is because of the USA vulgar capitalist system at its stages of imperialism and colonialism where that capitalist class wants to dominate the whole world economically and militarily.

Northern Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lybia, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, the whole Africa, in short, should unite their own workers and peasants under the umbrella of the need for welfare states on their national territories. Each country should establish a worker-peasant National Movement for national people’s Welfare against a few anti-people economic elements in alliance with foreign exploiters under the cover of the private sector system which exploits workers and peasants on national territories. If these countries do not do this, they will remain under national anarchy for a long time. The answer lies in what economic system should be used reflecting the needs of ALL so that people can be spiritually one on national territory.

 Tribal, religious, race differences can be got rid of only under a pro-people economic system.

The writer is a Senior Presidential Adviser on Ideology

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