Despite the yawning chasm between the haves and have nots and the perpetual gaslighting of the poorest in our midst, why do the poor keep voting against their interests?

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In 2006, not long before the subprime mortgage episode and fourteen years before the global pandemic, Three employees of a major bank had written an internal equity strategy report entitled ‘Revisiting Plutonomy: The Rich Are Getting Richer’. In this document, the authors argued that global wealth was polarizing, not merely a little or a lot, but in an unfathomable way that would eclipse anything seen in history.

In the intervening years…

In William Edward Burghardt Du Bois’ magnum opus, the souls of Blackfolk, the preeminent African American scholar of the 20th century, writes of a double consciousness, the sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.

Even though, nothing about the final sentence of the previous paragraph could ever be said to be applicable to the 44th President of the united states, The theme of a double consciousness pervades, the philosophic approach that Barack Obama has taken in writing…

Heiko Khoo, a well known orator at the speakers’ corner

Ever Since I had a debating contest at the Speakers’ corner in Hyde park, London in January 2011, I have had the privilege of reading several books by a number of classical authors on the subject of rhetoric and oratory at the British Library.

After my performance (handily won by the way against a conservative politician) A few works listed below, were among the books that I read:

  1. Art of rhetoric by Aristotle.
  2. Rhetoric and Renaissance by Heinrich F. Plett.
  3. Renaissance Rhetoric by Peter Mack.
  4. The rhetoric of Cicero in its medieval and early renaissance by Virginia Cox.

A brief dissection of the underpinnings of systemic racism.

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In an audio speech that has now gone viral across the world, we hear Dr. Aruna Khilanani, an eminent forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst talk about her fantasy in killing any white person, who stood in her way and not feeling guilty or apologetic about it in any way, shape or form.

As expected, the furore and backlash was swift, so much so that Yale college of medicine was forced to put out a statement, distancing themselves from the comments of their professor.

The tone and content is antithetical to the values…

Its latest undertaking shows how steeped in anachronism and completely out of step with the modern world, the roman catholic church is.

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Not unless you have been living under a rock lately, you will have read in the papers or online that a number of catholic bishops were preparing a document to officially rebuke the President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, on his position on abortion and his government’s policy on funding for programs relating to human fetus research.

To them, Joe Biden’s liberal world view is entirely incompatible and inconsistent with the tenets of the Catholicism, which…

A brief examination of the first Black president’s time as leader of the free world.

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Barack Obama’s time as President of the United States of America was characterized by timidity, cowardice and a profound lack of decisiveness on the seminal issues of his time. His pusillanimity at home and abroad led to the inexorable rise of Donald Trump and the stranglehold on the republican party on American politics, the worsening of the political and security situation in the middle east and emergence of Vladmir Putin and Prince Mohammed Bin Salaam (MBS), as the world’s greatest outlaws.

Here are my reasons:

You guys are all phenomenal, you truly are.

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The very first time I heard about medium was in October 2017 at a board meeting. Once I went on and began to view the articles on display, I was immediately hooked.

And I have been hooked ever since.

It’s no exaggeration to say that being here on this platform has been truly life changing.

Back during my office days in Lagos, pre-Covid, I would get up at 3–3.30am, …

A billionaire with a social conscience.

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There are a few phenomenal writers whose work I find completely absorbing and hugely enjoyable on this platform.

Jessica Wildfire is one of them.

Anyone who has read her work consistently will fully appreciate my comments about Ms. Wildfire.

More than any other writer on medium, the supreme uninfluencer has written powerfully about the profound inequalities in American society the billionaire class and the excesses of laissez-faire capitalism.

Unlike the chronicler of American and British fascism and stupidity(who will remain nameless), whose tone is perpetually apocalyptic and whose arguments are completely repetitive and lacking…

Why aren’t other billionaires like McKenzie Scott in using their wealth to change the world for good?

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The title of the article is taken from a sentence that I underlined in a post titled: Seeding is ceding. In the post pandemic world, that has left the chasm between the rich and the poor greater than ever, with the rich accumulating more than they would ever need in this lifetime or the very next, one billionaire, with far more emotional intelligence than the rest of the billionaire class put together, is bucking the trend.

McKenzie Scott is her name.

To her…

Nigerians have endured decades of gaslighting and psychological abuse at the hands of the government, Church leaders, and their professional overlords and unsurprisingly, it has taken an extraordinary toll on the collective mental health of its citizens.

Here’s why…..

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There have been several articles written on the subject of gaslighting by a number of writers on this platform. There is no question that I have been greatly inspired by these writers, who were able to communicate the raw emotions of what it meant to be living in a country where they are being manipulated by their economic overlords, employers, sexual partners, and the government of the day.

But these extraordinary articles were written by American citizens, who are by far among the most privileged people in the world. That is to say that at the worst of…

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible

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