DEBATE: The Open Society and Its Enemies, By Institute of Art and Ideas

The Open Society and Its Enemies: Oligarchs and government spies know where we are, what we want, and even our innermost thoughts. Who can protect us? Are whistleblowers like Snowden the white knights of the digital age? Or is the pursuit of radical openness itself the real threat we face?

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The Open Society and Its Enemies: Oligarchs and government spies know where we are, what we want, and even our innermost thoughts. Who can protect us? Are whistleblowers like Snowden the white knights of the digital age? Or is the pursuit of radical openness itself the real threat we face?

This video discussion was produced by Institute of Art and Ideas, a not-for-profit organisation ‘leading Britain back to big thinking’ (Guardian). The Video features the former GCHQ director David Omand, former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and Observer columnist, John Naughton.

It is republished here on the request of Institute of Art and Ideas.


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  • 247don007

    The one disappointing thing with the political landscape in Nigeria is the way the governors are getting it all. After serving for two terms of eight years with some unimaginable pension, they will go to the senate, become minister, head their party, become president. They have their grip on almost all political structure within their territory. They are the reason the youth of today can’t find any effective representation in government especially at the federal level. I think it is time we start the youth political revolution.

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      The youth should also go and get experience. They should not wake up one day and want to become a minister the next day. I thought being a governor gives you experience on how to run government establishments. It looks to me we are saying after being a governor go home because we prefer others who have never been anything. To me, it is counter intuitive. In the United states for example most of the presidents come from that unique group of folks who have either been governors or senators, or some other top government positions. So, we should all come off it and not succumb to the argument of the opposition who will rather see those who worked very hard to secure the win over PDP side lined. If you have been a governor and you gave a good account of yourself in the process, I do not see that as a disqualification for ministerial appointment.

      • Nweke chika

        Right frm d inception of nig as a country, ve any government invested on human development of any kind which ll benefit d youths? or u want dem 2 perform miracles? wat of d ministry of sports? how many nigerian youths are participating in olympics or other int’l sports.? we are just running a circling government frm d onset. And dis is y nig is stagnant in development.

        • Ajayi Ifayemi

          The governmrnt should invest in youths, no doubt about that aand we must continue to impress that fact on the government of the day. However, investing in the youth is not synonymous with handing the government over to them even when they do not possess the requisite experience.

          • Nweke chika

            The inexperience of d youths are as a result of sidelining right frm d onset. A company owner always bring his children close 2 d affairs of d company so as 2 succeed him. Dis is not d case here. Mr president started his political journey @ 29 yrs old n so were most of dem. our country is just like a compass, which stands @ a point n rotates around.

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            Company owners are different because their interests are completely different. However, I will agree with you that parochial considerations many times contribute to the sidelining of well qualified youths. What do we do? Continue to impress on the government of the day to allow institutions to work and also follow laid down procedures. I am not sure though that we can just hand over to the youths regardless of whether they have the qualifications and experience or not.

      • 247don007

        Can you tell me of Amaechi’s experience before he became the speaker of RSHA under Peter Odili? Secondly, governors in Nigeria are entitled to pension. Pension are entitlement paid to those no longer in service. When a governor becomes a senator or minister he is still in service and earning from the govt at the federal level as well as earning his pension from the state. That way he is earning a double while a thousand and one youth are without an earning. That is fraud.

        • Ajayi Ifayemi

          Did you appoint him as the speaker? Speakership is an elective position. His people first elected him into the house, then his peers elected him as their speaker. They know something about him that you do not know. Now, considering that he went on to become governor for two terms, and now a candidate for ministerial appointment means his colleagues were right on the money. And for your information aspiring to higher levels in life and achieving them is not fraud. I don’t where you got that from.

          • 247don007

            Probably you didn’t read my comment with an unbiased mind to see where my conclusion on fraud is drawn from. Then remember you said, “The youth should also go and get experience.” It is that statement that made me asked about Amaechi’s experience. Yes he got elected but not because of any experience but because he was given the opportunity. All graduate is certified in learning & in character. And can carry out any responsibility assigned him if given the opportunity. That is what these governors especially are denying the youth of today.

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            I see your point but I do not agree. No one gives out very important positions and hope the person will learn on the job. You start from little beginnings and once you are recognized as a leader you are given opportunity to lead bigger and better things. On Amaechi, the following is something I culled from Wikipedia
            “Amaechi cut his early teeth in politics as secretary of the now defunct National Republican Convention in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. Between 1992 and 1994, he was Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Sir (Dr.) Peter Odili, and also a member of the Board of West Africa Glass industry as well as Risonpalm Nigeria Limited. Dr. Peter Odili believed in him as a young man with potential in politics, and adopted him as a political son, guiding and nurturing him in politics, and consequently facilitating his election into the Rivers State House of Assembly in 1999.”
            You will note he started from his local government, became a special assistant before venturing to the house and then becoming a Speaker. This is the kind of experience I am talking about. Not coming out of school and being made a minister.

          • 247don007

            And there is none else after Amaechi who had undertaken such responsibilities? How come they are not given the same opportunities Odili gave Amaechi?

            We have a lot of experience people around but are not given the opportunity by the system because the governors want to be everything by themselves.

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            Actually you raise a different issue. My debate with my friend was on weather ministerial appointments should be handed over to people just because they are young. I argue that there are ways for the youth to get requisite experience. He says once you are out of college you are qualified to do anything. I just used the Amaechi’s case as an example. Now, are there others who may be better than Amaechi? No doubt! I do guess though that Amaechi has placed himself in the right place at the right time. I also do not want to blame the governors this time. By a stroke of luck or whatever, they just happened to be the people that worked closely with the new president. I do not believe they should be disqualified just because they are governors.

          • 247don007

            I think you missed the point I raised in my original argument. I see the governors as barrier to youth progression in this country. My argument was not on Amaechi as a person. You can scroll back to re-read it.

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            I actually got your point. See where I said I do not want to blame the governors this time. That means I agree that they have been the problem in the past.

          • 247don007

            How could they have been a problem in the past & not now while they are still doing the same thing they’ve been doing?

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            I am talking about the ex governors and going by recent news, the President has not given the current governors that much leverage this time around. From what I heard he is saying I did not help you select your commissioners so I do not need you to select ministers for me. My statements are based on that.

    • Segun Adeyi

      …perhaps the docility of the youths needs be questioned ?

      • 247don007

        Sure…we need to start questioning ourselves especially the political haleluyah boys.

      • Ifeanyi Nwoko

        If docility were the issue, we would be making progress. No, the younger generation are shouting the loudest in support.

  • Hisham Habib

    This is an opinion from a perspective, but to be fair with Buhari s selection I see no much rationale in what the writer in Bamidele is trying to point out especially with the notion that Buhari intends to run government with his people, do you expect him to involve his adversaries?
    Nigerians want to find who they know and get to link with and when that is not achieved they grumble

  • MI

    As a leader you must balance and reward hard work and loyalty, of course within context of good governance and without compromising on quality. In addition, the leader most importantly you must provide / enforce the required leadership and guidance for the team to follow and succeed.
    Bamidele should know, that you don’t win a football match and give the medals to the opponent team because they have a Messi or Ronaldo as more befitting. It’s not done. So far the first list looks good combination of politicians and technocrats and many are happy. The success of the elections that ushered in Buhari are hard works of some these folks on the list and they can’t be Ignored. None on the list can easily be identified with poor governance or corruption easily. I’m sure the second list will have some more technocrats.

  • Paul Graham

    The reason is simple. Nobody close to you is on the list!

    • Segun Adeyi

      …perhaps nobody close to him was good enough to be on the list ?

    • musa aliyu

      Ggam!

  • stanejike

    After waiting for almost five months, Buhari came up with names one could have easily guessed since May. To make matters worse, some of them have huge corruption toga weighing heavily down their necks… Nigerians have truly been taken for a ride!

  • Ifeanyi Nwoko

    Dear Author,

    So, the “wailing wailers” that have called Buharis card for the last 2 years are owed an apology?

    Too late to cry over spilled milk. Nigeria should live with the consequences.

    On behalf of the “Wailing Wailers”, let me use this opportunity to say “WE TOLD YOU SO”. Or is it still too early? Lolol, continue to wait. #changi