Divide and Conquer

Posted: 05-May-2021 02:57 PM

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One of the most revered political thoughts developed by Niccolo Machiavelli was that of the human behaviour and power. In his book The Prince (1513) he expounded on the various forms of human nature and the pursuit of power. To this end he wrote “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived”.

One of the most revered political thoughts developed by Niccolo Machiavelli was that of the human behaviour and power. In his book The Prince (1513) he expounded on the various forms of human nature and the pursuit of power. To this end he wrote “One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived”.

As old as politics and war, history tells us about the tactics of divide and conquer. This strategy was famously deployed by Julius Caesar in the conquest of Gaul, which most of its territory is the present day France.

The ultimate purpose here is to gain and maintain power by dividing people against themselves, then afterwards manipulate the formation of allies. The divisions that occur are of a fictional reality, created to deceive followers into believing that there is a dangerous common enemy. And so unfolds the idea of “them” versus “us”! They are the dangerous enemy, and we are the good guys. A delusion that forces followers to choose whether to join “them” or “us”. It occurs through manipulation and feeding anger to followers in order to be perceived as the better option. Thus, in total disregard for its consequences the only goal is winning power and holding on to that power.

Is there an element of divide and conquer that may have caused the recent events, now thwarted in the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands? Was there a plot to dismantle and disintegrate the party so that amongst the ruins a hero will rise and take control?

Those who become fallen victims of deception will eventually set aside their individual intellect and follow the group without questioning it. Individuals let go of their individual judgement in order to imitate the others, like sea weeds following wherever the current flows. When the group becomes more concerned about group identity and so individuality becomes lost. The alarming danger and the need for urgency is so created in order to obtain unconditional support from the group.

But for those of whom do not conform so blindly will step outside and re-evaluate the situation rather than being trapped in the group.

Perhaps this could be the possible answer as to why Siaosi Pohiva left the so-called PTOA Core Team. So many questions would require so many answers. Sometimes, one may need space and time to actually reflect on the PTOA Core Team; whether they are what they were designed to do, or are they pretending to do what they were designed to do. Hence, it is important to distinguish between a mission and a purpose, because it is frequently confused.

Corporate consultant Gustavo Razetti best elaborates this distinction using the shoe manufacturer TOMS. The company’s mission is to sell shoes, but the founder’s purpose was to provide free footwear for those in need. Therefore, it is often easy to follow a mission while forgetting its purpose. 

The PTOA Core Team is stuck in the corridors of power and their only mission is winning back power, that they forget their purpose is to protect the interest of the people against a corrupt and self-serving government. The interest of the people can only be protected where there are strong men and women standing up to yell against corruption, to fight for justice, defend freedoms, and vigorously criticize why a budget deficit is so high during a period where there is less economic activity.

Why did they lose track of the core principles that its founders established? Well! Have they been divided? Have they been conquered?

 

Veteki kae Pule’i

Koe taha ‘oe ngaahi fakakaukau faka-politikale ne talanoa kiai ‘a Niccolo Machiacelli ‘oku fekau’aki pea moe ‘ulungaanga ‘oe tangata pea moe mafai. ‘I he ‘ene tohi ne ‘iloa koe “The Prince” he ta’u 1513 na’a ne fakaha ai ‘ae ngaahi fotunga kehekehe ‘oe natula ‘oe tangata moe kumi mafai. ‘I he konga ‘ene ngaahi famatala na’a ne pehe ai “Koe taha ‘oku fakatauele ‘oku ne kumi ‘a kinautolu ‘oku nau tali ‘ae fakatauele”.

Koe hisitolia ‘oe politiki moe tau kuo ne fakaha mai ‘ae founga fakatauele ‘oku ‘iloa ko hono veteki ha fa’unga ‘oku tu’u fakataha kae faingofua hono pule’i kinautolu. Koe founga ia ne ‘iloa taha hono ngaue’aki ‘e Sisa he Pule’anga Loma ‘o ne ma’u ai ‘ae mafai pule kihe kau’aa fonua ‘o Gaul, ‘aia ko hono konga lahi ‘oku ‘iloa ko Falanise ia he ‘aho ni.

Koe taumu’a ‘oe founga ko ‘eni ke ma’u ‘ae mafai pea mo pukepuke ‘ae mafai koia. ‘Oku fakahoko ia ‘aki ‘ete hanga ‘o fakahu’uhu’u kovi ‘ae kau taki kenau fepakipaki ‘iate kinautolu, pea te toki fa’ufa’u leva mei ai hoto ngaahi kaungame’a. Koe ‘aa vahevahe kuo te fokotu’u koe fo’i fakanafala pe ia, kene tohoaki’i ‘ae tokanga ‘ae kakai ‘o pehe tokua ‘oku ‘iai ha fu’u fili ‘oku tu’unuku mai. Pea ‘oku fofoa leva mei ai ‘ae fakakaukau ‘o pehe ‘oku kehe “nautolu” meia “mautolu”. Ko nautolu koe fu’u fili pea ko mautolu koe faha’i lelei. Koe fo’i fakanafala ‘oku ne faka’ai’ai ‘ae kakai kenau fili pe ko fe fa’ahi tenau kau kiai. Pea ko ‘ete me’a ‘oku fai koe fakahu’uhu’u kovi ‘a kinautolu kihe kakai, kae sio ‘ae kakai ko kita pe ‘oku haohaoa. Pea fili ai kita ke te taki. ‘Oku ‘ikai ha ‘ate tokanga ‘e taha kihe nunu’a ‘o ‘ete ngaue ‘oku fai, kaekehe pe ‘oku te ma’u ‘ae mafai.

‘E lava nai ketau pehe ‘oku ‘iai ha ‘elemeniti peheni ke hanga ‘e ha taha ‘o fakahu’uhu’u ke fepakipaki ‘ae kau fakafofonga ‘oe PTOA ka ne hoko koe taki? Ne fokotu’utu’u nai ‘e ha taha kene fakahu’uhu’u ‘ae paati kenau fepakipaki, koe ‘uhi ke tuhu kiai ‘ae kakai ke ne ha’u ia ‘o taki he koia pe ‘oku haohaoa?

Ko kinautolu ‘oku too kihe ngaahi fakatauele ko ‘eni ‘e hoko ke tuku tafa’aki honau poto fakafo’ituitui ka nau muimui ta’e toe fehu’ia ‘ae tama fakatauele. ‘Oku nau tukuange ‘enau fakakaukau fakapotopoto lelei taha ka nau tulimui koe ‘uhi pe ke tatau moe toenga ‘oe kau tulimui. Telia na’a te mavahe kae ‘itengia kita mo lau’ikovi’i kita he toenga ‘oe kau muimui. Pea ngalo ia kete fakakaukau fakalelei ka te tafia holo pe he tafe ‘o hange ha limu tu’u ‘i ‘au. Koe taimi ‘oku malohi ai ‘ae fakakaukau ‘ae kulupu pea mole leva ‘ete fakakaukau lelei, koe ‘uhi ke te feinga ke fakatoli’a ‘ae fakakaukau ‘ae toenga ‘oe kulupu. ‘E talamai leva he tama fakatauele ke ‘oua ‘e toe fehu’i ha taha pe fakakaukau kehe ha taha, koe ‘uhi he kuo panaki mai ‘ae fu’u fili kene ‘ohofi nautolu. Malie koe ‘ae fa’ufa’u!

Ka ko kinautolu ‘oku ‘ikai tenau muimui kuikui ‘oku nau malava kenau hu ki tu’a ‘o toe vakai fakalelei mai pe ‘oku kei tonu koaa ‘ae kaveinga folau, kae ‘oua na’a loka ia ‘i loto.

‘E lava nai ke hoko ‘ae fakakaukau ko ‘eni ko ha tali ia kihe ‘uhinga kuo hu ai ‘a Siaosi Pohiva ki tu’a mei he kulupu Core Team. Kapau ‘oku lahi ‘ete ngaahi fehu’i pea ‘e lahi mo hono ngaahi tali, he ‘ikai lava ia kete ma’u kapau ‘oku te loka ‘i loto. ‘Oku ‘iai pe ha ngaahi taimi ‘oku mahu’inga ai kete tu’u mei tu’a ‘o toe vakai fakalelei atu kiate kinautolu ‘oku ‘iloa koe Core Team; pe ko kinautolu ‘oku nau fai ‘ae ngaue ‘oku totonu kenau fai, pe ko kinautolu koe fakangalingali pe tokua ‘oku nau fai ‘ae ngaue ‘oku totonu kenau fai. Koia ‘oku mahu’inga ai ketau ‘ilo ‘ae kehekehe ‘oe misiona pea moe taumu’a, he ‘oku lahi hono fa’a ma’u hala kinaua.

Koe tama fale’i fakapisinisi ko Gustavo Razetti na’a ne fakamatala’i lelei ‘ae faikehekehe ‘oe misiona moe taumu’a. Na’a ne fakataataa ‘aki ‘ae kautaha su ‘iloa koe TOMS. Koe kautaha ngaahi su ko ‘eni ko ‘enau misiona ke fakataua ‘enau su, ka koe taumu’a ne fokotu’u ai ‘e he tangata’eiki ha’ana ‘ae kautaha su ‘a hono fale su- ke ne lava ‘o fakasu ‘a kinautolu ‘oku ‘ikai lava ma’u ha su. ‘Aia koe taimi lahi ‘oku faingofua ketau muimui ha misiona kae ngalo ‘a hono taumu’a.

‘Oku fihia ‘ae Core Team ‘i he matapa ‘oe mafai pea faingata’a kenau hu mai kitu’a, ka ko ‘enau feinga kenau tauteke pe he matapa kae ‘oleva kuo nau hu ki loto. Koe fakaloloma koe iku ‘o ngalo ‘ae taumu’a ia, kenau tu’u ke malu’i ‘ae fiema’u, falala, pa’anga, moe koloa ‘ae fonua mei ha pule’anga fai hala mo sio kita. Koe falala ‘ae kakai ‘oe fonua ‘e malava ke malu kapau ‘oku ‘iai ha kau tangata moe kau fefine loto to’a kenau tu’u ‘o kalanga kihe faihala, kumi ‘ae fakamaau totonu, mo taukave’i ‘ae ngaahi totonu ‘ae kakai, pea nau tu’u kaivi ‘o fakafepaki’i ‘ae patiseti lele mole fakavalevale lahi taha he hisitolia hotau fonua lolotonga ia ‘oku holoa lahi ‘ae ngaahi ngaue faka’ekonomika ‘ae fonua.

Koe ha nai e ‘uhinga kuo ‘alu he ai ‘ae Core Team mei he taumu’a? ‘Io! Kuo veteki nai kinautolu? Kuo nau tukulolo nai ki ha fakatauele?

 

 

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