A Sovereign Education

Kal Kassa
8 min readAug 1, 2022

True to their history as an uncolonized people, Ethiopians are determined to build sovereign value through principled education and civic action.

Various multinational institutions are failing to complete their intended missions and objectives. Institutions like the United Nations and the many offices they work with publish narratives of “sustainable finance reforms” but recent events in Canada, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands share characteristics that may help the research of dynamic groups in various nation-states today.

Given our current economic conditions, land gifted to the United Nations over the past half century should be examined and reappropriated towards other priorities in Addis Ababa.

Introduction

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” Aesop’s Fables

Understanding channels and how they relate to community safety will yield a growing bounty. Social contracts and difficult questions of collective security will increasingly be negotiated without the interference of global institutions like the United Nations and the many more three-letter institutions that are proving to be cancerous vestigial organs.

Instead, decentralized tools and tech-savvy uncles will help groups and identities build consensus. Thru unknown events outlined in “The Fourth Turning, An American Prophecy — What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny (1997)” I believe suspended pockets of value will become unlocked as cheaper microprocessors yields growing mindshare from billions. This will accelerate productivity across many industries across the world. I imagine more of this innovation with take place as source code and learning material is freed from where they are currently housed.

Intellectual property rights, in addition to the trade agreements and unproductive tariff rates that govern global trade will also go through a global reckoning. Negotiations with the World Trade Organization are ongoing and Ethiopia has yet to surrender its marketplace sovereignty. These events are recurring in that they place high value on the de facto. Poor countries like Ethiopia are positioned to benefit from these phugoid-like volatility cycles.

Most interesting to Ethiopia and Ethiopians will be what that means for institutions such as the United Nations. Beyond my limited conclusions I suspect there will be more conclusive forensic audits of various institutions that claim to represent a state or flag. I also highly suspect these institutions use online ad and promotion tools (both official and unofficial) to influence targeted populations. As detailed in “The Sovereign Individual — Mastering the Transition to the Information Age (1997)”, some of these truths may be inconvenient and difficult to fathom for the statist or the central banker in all of us. In this environment I have faith that the diligent students at Qala Bitcoin will inherit the world and leaders like Abubakar Nur Khalil inspire us forward.

Community

“Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?” — Proverbs 27:23

In late-2017, at an overcapitalized brunch in Addis Ababa, I was made aware of something called “bitcoin”. This wasn’t the first time I heard the word from a peer, but this was the first time I heard it referred to as a tool for Ethiopians.

In the increasing number of countries where the State has become the enemy, or at best an untrusted third-party, bitcoin will be the tool of financial emancipation. Living in Addis Ababa as a privileged diaspora gives me some views into these events. The most urgent view is that for the safety of our people, security, and energy facilities throughout East Africa, new trade relationships are essential to a healthy global economy.

In the 14th century hawala was being used to facilitate trade on the Silk Route, a trade route that involved large amounts of exchange between countries from Asia to the Mediterranean and North Africa (not to be confused with the other Silk Road).

As we move into a new era, I have a growing suspicion that trade routes will become unbounded from archaic laws and freedom between markets and large populations with catalyze the growth that the world desperately needs. I also think we will see the “bitcoin-native” keyword be a targeted demographic for merchants.

Before my family’s immigration to the United States, my father like his father before him, used open-source tools to protect his property in Ethiopia. Dubbed “Kalash” from its Russian translation, this tool was indispensable for various groups within this past century.

My father is a classically trained engineer. And during the 1970s worked in search of petroleum deposits among unforgiving land formations in the Ogaden Region of Ethiopia bordering Somalia in East Africa. He sporadically reminds me of energy data that was falsified in the name of an imagined collective during that period. But in 1994 our family was awarded a “diversity visa” and relocated to the California. Working as a technician at Tyco International in Silicon Valley was much more lucrative than digging empty ditches for oil barons in East Africa.

Today the information and data wars in Ethiopia are most evident in ancient cities with various reinforcing cleavages and an inability to protect their properties and their lives. It is to be recalled that the Marxist-Leninist regime confiscated my father’s weapons as they came into power throughout the cities and villages of Ethiopia. I suspect open-source tools of peace and the patient God-fearing education we observe daily will accelerate our liberation.

Education

“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope. A living dog is better than a dead lion.” — Ecclesiastes 9:4

Officially crowned in 1930 the late-Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie held the position of Minister of Education until 1966. Historians today are left with his relentless pursuit of education, donating his palace to the nation’s first university, and sending students into study-abroad programs all around the world. His Imperial Majesty was if nothing else an educator of principle and dignity. Less than ten years later, and after easing the educational influences on Ethiopian students, a flurry of soviet-sponsored and student-led protests, seasoned with an unhealthy reaction of American-led intervention, spurred a dark-age we have yet to fully emerge from. From 1974 to 1991 Ethiopia became a Communist State.

At the base layer of our modern education, our successes (and disappointments) are captured best by Dr. Aklilu Habte as lectured at the Library of Congress — (he left Ethiopia shortly after the Marxists-Leninist revolution.) Politically appointed educators, as our nation’s first Minister of Education repeatedly observes, are a very troubling trend. Today, Ethiopia’s education has been arguably debased beyond recognition and quality at higher education institutions has been compromised.

This separation of principles from the monetary base continues to cause a disproportionate amount of pain in Ethiopia. Most evident and paralyzing may be in the debasement of human life. I suspect this may have something to do with state-sponsored activities. It may be beyond mercy that in the 90’s (just a few years following Rwanda’s history) our institution-led leaders requested Ethiopians to identify themselves beyond name and the various information fields we are normally used to in the West. Instead, in Ethiopia, we must always be reminded that the ethnic identity of each citizen was branded on state-issued identification cards. This culture of control and labeling at the ethnic level equates to racisms and catalyzes violent tendencies towards undefended properties in rural Ethiopia.

It is my view that digital, bot-like, and undefined identities react in similar patterns across social networks and channels. Dishonesty at centralized institutions will continue to misrepresent information into a cascading flame. I think that the decisions at Google, Twitter, Meta and other entities targeting demographics have something to do with the identity-based massacres in Ethiopia throughout this decade. This should be exhaustively and apolitically studied. In my limited capacity, I also suspect there is an upsetting relationship regarding various trending keywords. Most observable in the Ethiopian public sector are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.

For context, these “SDGs” were published in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by 2030. Partners of the SDGs like World Economic Forum have recently have agreed to accelerate this timetable.

In my view, the United Nations has failed to achieve milestones of progress as an organization over the past 6 decades of operating in Ethiopia. Furthermore, the United Nations and its countless offices, projects, and cross-cutting programs can no longer function in any civilized trajectory due to inability to fully account for direct employees and beneficiaries of their funding. Additionally, the location and activities of the United Nation’s various digital and physical assets are difficult to secure against attack vectors. Remedies should be considered given these assets are sitting in an arguably unproductive manner and draining our nation’s productivity.

Dr. Tedros Director General of the UN-WHO and Ambassador Dina Mufti, Nairobi (2017)

Recommendations

“Only a few years ago, meetings to consider African problems were held outside Africa, and the fate of its peoples were decided by non-Africans. Today, … thanks to the conference of Accra and now of Addis Ababa, the peoples of Africa can, at long last, deliberate on their own problems and future.” — Haile Selassie I at the summit for the Charter of the Organization of African Unity, in 1963

Location-based information campaigns and institution-led propaganda will continue in this wicked digital world. As the bounty widens, outsized rewards for productive activities will naturally conspire. Unintentional actions and political events will guide us towards any real institutional collapse as needed. Moral character will seep into the things we build and maintain. De-jure treaties will need to be revisited at every level.

I may very well be blinded by patriotic duty or my background in audit services, but it is to be remembered that in 1963 His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie gifted 200,000 square meters of land in the Kazanchis District of Addis Ababa to the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Over the next few decades these assets were transferred to the United Nations — Economic Commission on Africa (UN — ECA) while the OAU quietly dissolved to become the Africa Union (AU). Today the African Union painfully sits in a Chinese built headquarters.

Africa Hall OAU, Addis Ababa (UN-ECA Archive)

Any of these assets deemed to be unproductive or mismanaged by the appropriate Addis Ababa land administrators, I propose, should be auctioned to the highest bidder.

The amount raised will support Ethiopia’s climb out of debt and into full energy independence. Project Mano and the de facto Ethiopian bitcoin community, led by degenerate pirates and distinguished ninjas, would like to harness some of this miraculous energy into the bitcoin network.

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