African century journal ISSN 2514-5673
‘I am a man, nothing human is alien to me‘ – Terence the African.
This peer-reviewed journal was started in 1999 at the dawn of the 21st Century
UPDATE: May 2023
We are changing the scheduling from quarterly to a ‘Series’ with Issues. This is now Series 2 and Issue 2. There are so many global issues developing and needing a response that we would welcome helpers. This issue focusses on the Netflix controversy and its true meaning. This world is changing and fast, and we need to participate and not just be an audience.
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So much is happening that we have challenges keeping up to date. I have traveled to Society for Classical Studies annual meeting in New Orleans, USA where I met many leading classics scholars who were very supportive of our agenda of breaking down the barriers between Egyptology and classics. We have also been working on reform of the International Tax agenda and supported a public revolt at the UN where Nigeria led 54 African countries rejecting the role of OECD. In this, they were supported by South America and Asia so a vote for reform was passed at the UN by something like 130 vs 30. There followed a call for a new International Economic Order passed by approximately the same numbers. There will be articles in this journal detailing and explaining what was happening. Clearly, a new age is emerging and African Century Journal intends to be in the midst of it all.
What is the major change since Dec 2021? Obviously, the Ukraine war is the apparent difference. But is it the true difference or only the apparent difference? There is much talk about a changing world. There are two aspects to this changing world: the decline of the US and the emergence of a new multi-polar world. It is easy to conflate the two but that would be a major error. These are two separate movements.
In the US, the resistance to the new world merely brings about the collapse of the US dominance faster than otherwise. Some Americans talk as if it were ever credible to seek the Wolfowitz plan of indefinite US dominance. This would be a resurrection of the 1,000-year Reich in US garbs. Members of the American elite who witnessed the decline of the US attribute this to some enemy action. This all assumes that America’s rise was due to its own cleverness and bar enemy action would inevitably last forever.
This relates to the lengthy article in this issue -’ Emergence of Modern Western Eschatology’. Originally written for the proposed book, it focuses on the complex tools required to understand the Western view of Africa and the world. Hegel, in one of his wise moments, describes how it is when age grows stale and cold that its features become clear and discernible (Note 1). That this article attempts to delineate the features of the Western worldview that would then be evidence of its terminal decline. Perhaps. It is a tough and delicate task to see the Western world from a distance without rancor or obsequiousness. Western culture and academia say so much that is untrue about itself that even its own scholars are deeply lost.
As the new age emerges, the distinct features of the former reveal themselves as in ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, while the vaunted self-image crumbles into dust.
- ‘When philosophy paints its grey in grey, a shape of life has grown old, and it cannot be rejuvenated, but only recognized, by the grey in the grey of philosophy; the owl of Minerva begins its flight only with the onset of dusk.’ GWF Hegel ‘Elements of the philosophy of Right’ ed A Wood, trans-HB Nisbet, Preface p.23
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