An Example Of The Hegelian Dialectic In Action
I happened across a video that presents an example of the use of the Hegelian Dialectic. It wasn’t planned to do this. It’s message is about the fateful events in Rwanda, leading up to the mass genocide of an estimated 1 million people, the aftermath of the genocide and its attempts to improve life in Rwanda, which was one of the poorest countries in Africa. It was not meant as a story about the Hegelian Dialectic, but it is very plain to see. (Or maybe it was.)
For those unfamiliar with the Hegelian Dialectic, it can be summed up in three words: problem, reaction, solution. It is a means of achieving social and political changes that would otherwise be resisted by the population. It works like this: a “problem” is created, purposely; the reaction of the population to this new “problem” is allowed to boil up; the pre-designed “solution” is then offered as a means of “saving” the population from the “problem”.
In this video, by Simon Whistler, the three elements of the Hegelian Dialectic can be clearly identified: “Created Problem”: tribal hatreds are inflamed, where historically the tribes lived in peaceful coexistence. “Expected Reaction”: The tribal hatreds explode, leading to the massive genocide. “Prepared Solution”: a strong-armed military dictator takes control of the country. Peace is restored. All dissent is prohibited. Tribal harmony is enforced by law. The Rwandans are completely subjugated. They rejoice that there is peace. Their cries for help were answered. Their improved lives will keep them self-subjugated.
No one asks who created the tribal hatred.