Opinion: Hustling is nothing new, we’ve lived with economic segregation for ages
SEE ALSO :We owe hustlers for saving our planetElinor Ostrom won her Nobel Prize in economics for analysing how traditional societies managed their resources sustainably. Part of her work was among the Maasai community. Have you noted that in most communities’ forests and mountains were sacred? They knew those were the sources of rivers, medicinal plants and life. Land ownership The communal ownership of land made it easy for the European colonialists to get it, no one really owned it. This marked the start of modern hustling with owner of factors of production getting the lion’s share of the profits. The plantations needed labour. The modern economy ensures that hustlers are left with just enough money to continue hustling. Communists tried to end this system; they failed after 70 years.
SEE ALSO :Finally, hustlers are now leadersAfter independence we grandly took over the new hustling system, best espoused by slums next to affluent neighbourhoods. We could argue that today’s affluent-hustler relationship closely mirrors the relationship between chief and their subjects in colonial times. Could this explain why capitalism has entrenched itself in African countries despite its apparent contradiction with our traditional system and communal ownership of assets? In traditional societies, hustlers could not become ‘sonkos’; chiefdoms and their royal lineage belonged to certain families. Today we get an illusion that hustlers can become ‘sonkos’. The reality is that we are becoming more like traditional societies with hardened class systems and minimum leakage from one class to the other. It may be the reason we are warming up to political dynasties. Taxation, welfare system and public education ought to shift citizens from hustling to ‘sonkolism’ or middle class. That does not seem to have worked as expected in the West and in Kenya. Why else has hustling become a way of life? Traditional hustling still exists among some communities today, but it’s fast being supplemented by modernism. It still echoes in chamas, where like-minded, mostly women, come together to try and pool resources to escape hustling. It seems whether you extrapolate into history or forward into the future, hustling is found somewhere.
SEE ALSO :Nostalgia, sweets and the hustler[XN Iraki; [email protected]; Twitter: @Hustlenomics7]
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