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What is the catalyzer of the ballooning the social, economic, and social gap between the gang of robber barons and captains of industry and the rest? By the end of the twentieth century, every social, commerce and trade, and political constructs underwent more than rhinoplasties in a desperate effort to escape responsibility. A global system underlying the extremely unequal distribution of wealth and power has kept the profane views of the laboring class and hierarchical arrangements between commerce and trade actors the same. Conspiracy rules and success myths do work. Every existing doctrine compresses the ambiance of the love affair with untamable disillusions. Thanks to capitalism, as the story goes, poor white women and children as humans were recognized. Somehow, everyone else also found their way through the golden age of self-enslavement into the human centipede. We have all metamorphosed into efficient slaves.
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
A red romantic collage answers all at once these three subquestions. I am a political economy author/activist of Congolese roots, American fermented, and globally bottled. I am the canvasser of humanity’s agonies. I currently reside in Massachusetts but I do spend more time overseas preaching Ethosism, nagging young minds consciences, or diagnosing humanity from uncommon angles.
What inspired you to author this book?
I shall say anger against the widespread criminalization of poverty more than anything. The contemporary leading economists' clandestine parodies or callous demonstrations of prowess don't bring anything new to the table other than elaborate illustrations and graphs. The boring cock-fights between Capitalism’s self-proclaimed deities and rebellious thinkers are non-sense spectacles. One side is making the case for Capitalism which is failing us and the other imploring us to jump back on the saddle of any of the two dead horses, Socialism and Communism.
I deliberately dived in what is perceived as some of the humans worst thoughts or conditions to have real-life prevail over the seductive dialectic approach in my decoding of socioeconomic injustices. Observing the fundamental elements of the 21st-century paradigm shift, one can ’t help but take on the challenge of deciphering what is going and then spit out verses of what to do about.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
I can not take credit for the book’s cover. I have access to an incredible pool of “ethosists” who make my life way less painful than it should. I let them create and pick the cover.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
A number of ingredients make up my views and my approach to writing. It is a medley of different decent human beings from Dambudzo Marechera raging anger, Vivian Maier craving to capture the simple truth, Patrice Lumumba exasperation, Lao-Tze amusing heroism, Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin impatience, the Steve Biko twisted humor, and the Noam Chomsky faith in humanity.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Dambudzo Marechera lashed out: “If you are a writer for a specific nation or a specific race, then fuck you.” I sought to update answers to old questions on wealth, life, and above all, what means to be human. The first mental challenge was to give myself the permission to so with the same audacity of past twisted souls like Socrates, Confucius, and Karl Marx.
The second challenge was practicing what I preach. The main advice I give to young and old minds is to overcome the temptation of being guided solely by either passion or vision. The same dose of awareness and curiosity are essential for diagnosing social phonemes and concocting a new economic or political concept.
Tell your readers about your book.
As put it on my book, I have left to the class of sloppy cerebral sloths of lumpen-intellectuals and politicians to tiptoe around pressing social, political, environmental, and economic issues. Chapter one through six is an exhibit against the current social, commerce and trade, and political status quo. Chapter eight through ten, I wreck from the subliminal fundamentals of Capitalism. The readers need to take time to chew and digest the rest of the book. I articulate an alternative to Capitalism; Ethosism.
Who is your target audience, and why?
Anyone rebel or curious mind. Quotes are interjected between batches or reasoning throughout the book to giving the reader a clue of what to expect and to add a zest of a novelty for the literary enthusiasts.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
I see poor people. In my childhood, I was ingrained with the notion that social, commerce and trade, and the political disparity was dictated by the law of nature; somebody had to be poor to be a servant of the rich! What a big farce that was.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
At no time I did pull my punches. And I did not waste my energy on the discourse of twentieth-century indolent economists and their groupies. You do not need to sample manure to confirm it is manure; the stench of falsehoods is sufficient to discern it as such. People who are addicted to colorful charts and numbers, I have let you down.
The book is a genuine and provocative dissection of the current moral consensus.
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About Jo M. Sekimonyo
Jo M. Sekimonyo is a political economy author, theorist, and activist. Sekimonyo asserts that in the twenty-first-century more common people acquire and own their means of engagement, participation, or involvement in an enterprise. As a result, capitalism, socialism, and communism have lost their raison d'êtres. He proposes a new philosophical, social, political, and economic ideology, Ethosism.