Part IV: The Basis for a New Approach

Following from this the conclusion here is that:

1. the intellectual bankruptcy of the colonial Guyanese society as a whole* denies the politicians the framework of informed discussion and analysis necessary for consensus.

2. the smallness of size of the community makes whatever conflicts

there are appear much sharper.

g) Following from 45 (a to (e) it becomes necessary:

  • to devise (a) a Constitutional Frame and (b) a political agreement which would recognise the unstable power imbalance between the leaders and groups and cater for them.
  • to articulate a social and economic programme around which the popular forces in the country are likely to rally. This programme would have to recognise the social, cultural, racial and economic tangle which the British imperial system has left behind, and cater for it.
  • to define the future relations of the community with the outside world in such a way as to recognise the imperial situation (as described) and cater for it.

Together,  the above steps would establish the basis for a ‘solution’.

Footnote:

* Study the newspapers and the radio and note the absence of journals, etc. In this connection, the demise of Kyk-over-al was a tragedy. Unfortunately, because of the prevalence of sectionalism and dogmatism, this has been greeted in many quarters with satisfaction.