... at Saker's blog. Fẹmi Akọmọlafẹ from Ghana wrote an interesting piece on Western education and it is very much in concert with what I write for years. Some excerpts:
Maybe it is time the Collective West does something about its educational system. Watching the performances of Russians and Western officials, one immediately notices that the much-touted and ultra-expensive “education “ provided in the West today is actually not up to par. The Russian actions in Ukraine revealed a West where leaders remain emotional juveniles who continue to REACT jerkily to Russia’s deft moves. That’s when they are not busy projecting their own values and behavior onto the Russians. Not only have the Russians vastly outplayed the West militarily, economically, and geopolitically, the actions/reactions of the West have boomeranged mightily to Russia’s advantage. The hyperinflation ravaging the West is just one example.
Akomolafe also notes astutely:
In addition to always being on top of their game, Russian officials always come across as well-educated, well-informed, well-mannered, sophisticated, cultured, and respectful. Western officials, on the other hand, attack the world as haughty, naughty, ill-mannered, ill-educated, uncultured, provincial, and narcissistic imbeciles. They lack the elementary decorum necessary to engage peers in respectful manners. Ok, superciliousness, fueled by racist arrogance, might partly explain why they behave so, but we cannot discount the possibilities that they simply lack the education, the culture, and the home training required for civilized behavior, especially in encounters with other cultures. The question needs to be asked how the Collective West ended up with the current gaggle of clowns holding positions of responsibility?
Exactly. I love the term "provincial", because provincialism is oozing from the most US political establishment figures and diplomats who often do not even know countries they serve in. In general, read the whole piece which is well-written and insightful. It also gives some insight into a thinking of at least some African intellectuals and their attitudes. It is important, especially when considering the increasing role Africa plays in the world both as an economic entity and the arena for competition of many external interests. So, read the piece, it is worth it.