From Benevolent Dictatorships to the Dictates of Benevolent Associations: A Grounded, Bottom-Up Approach to Rebuilding Societies for Mutual Improvement

While driving home from work this afternoon, I happened to stumble unto a discussion on the radio where one of the guests of the show claimed that “Christmas was dead”, as most of the activities that were celebrated around this time in our Federation were centered on Carnival. He suggested that we should change our… Read More

SIDF 2.0: An Investment by Citizens Program

In a previous post entitled, Exorcising the demons from my religion – My spiritual odyssey from endarkenment to enlightenment, I attempted to show how the lessons learnt during my spiritual development could be applied to guide the social, economic and political development of our Federation. In the last paragraph, I opined: …Just like we have… Read More

Taking St. Kitts and Nevis to the next level

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life… “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. “One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and… Read More

Embracing the paradigm shift: Pouring new wine into new wineskins

He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the… Read More

Trust but Verify: A ground/bottom-up approach to evidence-based politics

Over the past few weeks, I have been following closely the political discussions on the airwaves and on the internet, and I have been trying to ascertain for myself the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments on both sides of the political divide. What has intrigued me the most are the responses to an article… Read More

Constitutional boundary changes – only the tip of the gerrymandering iceberg

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” – Sir Walter Scott Over the past week, I have been tuning into the debate over the imminent changes in consistuency boundaries and the allegations by the opposition parties that this is a blatant attempt at gerrymandering. Given my ignorance on the… Read More

Appreciating the value of political health versus the price of political disease

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization, 1948. Over the past month, so much has changed for me and this beloved Federation. I have become immersed on Facebook, SKNList and on this… Read More

Presentation by Charles Wilkin QC on June 8, 2013 to the OECS Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Public Discourse/Opinion/Commentary on Socio-Political Issues.

Very few lawyers here venture to open their mouths on socio-political issues. That is sad and bad for our society. I hope that the same does not apply elsewhere in our sub-region. Lawyers are by our training, our standing in the community and our role, leaders of the society. We are among the highest earners.… Read More

Caribbean Politics: The Ground/Bottom Up Model. Public Lecture by Dr. Sharon-ann Gopaul-McNicol on June 6, 2013 at The UWI Open Campus, The Gardens, Basseterre, St. Kitts

The audio recordings are at the bottom of the page: Summary / Abstract of Presentation Like no other time in its history, the Caribbean is facing its greatest challenge. Today, we are plagued with a variety of social ills ranging from runaway crime, family violence, unemployment, poverty, the erosion of the middle class wealth, human /… Read More

Expressing my FULL CONFIDENCE in Liamigua: From fertile lands to fertile hearts and fertile minds of a wholesome, united and empowered people

A TALE OF TWO SHOE SALESMEN There is a tale about these two shoe salesmen who travel to a third world country in search of new business opportunities. One man calls his wife the moment he lands, telling her, “Honey, I’m coming back home. There’s no hope here. Nobody here is wearing shoes, so there’s… Read More