Many Somali writers, political pundits, debaters, etc ignore the fundamental comparative analysis of the nature of our society. How many countries globally are similar to Somalia in terms of societal development? Let us count some of them: Yemen, Mongolia, Mauritania, Chad, perhaps, Niger, just to point out a few. What is the common livelihood? Nomadic. Are these countries relatively much better off than Somalia today with regards to socio-economic development, besides the failed state status in some? How do you explain the common backwardness they all suffer from?

We all know that there are stages in societal development from community of gatherers, hunters to settled farmers, to industrialist/ capitalists and more complicated financial services providers, bankers and multi-national corporations.

Where are we among these stages? Can we say that our society is still in the primative stage of societal development, despite cosmetic globalization impact, starting with the most recent colonial administrations of the 19th century?

As most debaters complain, can we make a quatum leap into industrialist/capitalist society by-passing the stage of widespread settlement of the nomadic population and overnight become a sophisticated modern society of the 21st century? Are we realistic in our expectations? What are our priorities in moving forward?

Could clannism and clan politics disappear amid backwardness of thought, ideas and nomadic life suffering from continual droughts , man-made environmental degradation and natural calamities?

The Soviet ideologues used to teach that because there was a powerful Soviet Union then to help, certain developing countries could by-pass the capitalist mode of production and move on to the socialist one. We all know how it ended up.

Let us not fight each other to give excuses for our failures in understanding the nature of our society. Let us set our priorities right.


Author: Warsame Digital Media WDM

About the blogger: This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2005. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: ismailwarsame@gmail.com

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