Just a while back, there was secrecy, abuse, assault, and felonies. There was a criminal type of economy, with an architecture built to prosper and partner with a collaborating government. Today, it is as if none of those ever happened.
Where are the ethics of those making much noise today, their values, now that they have summoned courage, something resembling conviction? What happened to their memory of that way of life that sunk all, except a favoured few?
What did become of the eyesight of those who once lamented an environment of psychological terror? Today, amnesia and myopia reign supreme as they cry for Barabbas. They have decided that they can live with thieves, but not with clean tax collectors, for those are menacing heresies.
All those billion-dollar projects that, to some degree, are still shrouded in mystery, and they forget. Forget all the shady businesses that flourished, but the tax monies went everywhere but to the State Treasury. That is what the newly revived smart money men desire heartily.
Perhaps, they prefer the supply side school of economics that was practised and perfected in the glory years with the booze and babes and bankrolls and big machines worth the abject, craven kowtowing to the vicious and vindictive.
They want more and will sell, including what is left, if anything, of ethics and character for grabbing the quickest dollar; that elixir to the addict, who see nothing wrong with a little pubic prostitution of self, of so-called wisdom. Go for it!
This ranges from being allowed by cooperating political leaders and powers to drink rum 24-7, batter spouses, neighbourhoods, and civilities, to be allowed by the same venal politicians to desecrate the city and seawall by throwing our garbage wherever we please, only for the rains and tides to remind us of how inseparable we are from our garbage; and to park wherever political heroes and friends support us in doing.
These are the street-level standards that point to the barbarities that Guyanese once relished and now yearn for more.
At the heights in power boardrooms, the kingpins preside over narcotics dens and money laundering havens in the national economic free-for-all that enriched the favoured, and their political conspirators, those economic magnates want more freedom, less rules.
The political people rejected generous security reforms before so they can protect their generous friends. Those are the ones getting the protection; it is not the poor supporter, waiting for largely tainted law enforcement to answer, to investigate cleanly, and to pursue aggressively. Let’s have more of that, they say.
The white-collar professionals exhibited many lapses, all enriching, they want more, through hoping for a place on the inside. They can have it, if their political fellows consent to remembering them afterwards.
At least, they can be assured of a free hand to cheat on their taxes and game the system for personal or professional benefit, which has its own kind of people, plenty of them. Who wants to do anything with any of them, be they benefactor or beneficiary?
As said many times before, some recoil from the mere thought of returning to and living with a certain kind of governance, with certain kinds of standards, by certain kinds of governors. There is struggling with what is present, which is not as bad, but not too far off in so many troubling respects.
The hustlers listen, they learn, they wait for the change that allows for particular licences. Today is the day still being waited upon by honest citizens for what could truly transform, as this government promised, occasionally delivered, and mostly disappointed.
To return to Roman times, principled Guyanese find themselves caught between two thieves. There is a government that is its own worst enemy (and doubted), an opposition that is all about itself (and distrusted), and newcomers (dismissed) that may lack the opportunity to let their merits serve as testimony to betterment.
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