The mood of present day Zimbabweans is surprisingly liberated even as the infrastructure crumbles. There is something intriguing and romantic in this combination of high spiritedness and descent to ruins.
I don’t like right-wing ideology. When a mass of people are liberated from it, that seems like some ecstatic magic to me. My own liberation was slow and painful. Better when it happens suddenly and in a flurry. That’s like soaring.
But I’m against fluffy contemporary liberalism because it can’t understand even this emotion, which REQUIRES the harshness of the former regime as a backdrop to experiencing this new lightness of spirit. Contemporary liberalism dispenses with contrasts and therefore I dispense with it.