Macho Man Politics It wasn't long ago that President Barack Obama said that what was important was not strong men but strong institutions. Well according to the economist magazine, across the world, from Russia to China and from India to Egyptâ€”macho leadership is back in fashion. Clearly the champion in terms of this new macho style leadership is President Vladimir Putin, who has taken this style of politics and leadership to almost comical lengths, by posing bare-chested with a gun and while working out in the gym. As the economist magazine has said, president Putin has also done well in forging personal relations with fellow tough guys such as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt (whom he presented with a wood-handled Kalashnikov), Mr. Putin has also taken to President Jacob Zuma in South Africa and Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary. And as the economist magazine also said, the taste for macho leadership seems to have also spread to Asia, where the three biggest powers, China, Japan and India, are now all led by charismatic nationalists who have made a point of their decisive approach, and their willingness to take tough decisions at home while facing down foreigners overseas. Xi Jinping in China, Shinzo Abe in Japan and Narendra Modi in India. These leaders have all replaced leaders who had a lower-key and more collective mode of leadership. Now others like Marine Le Pen are talking tough and suggesting that to get the best economic gains for your country you need to be a macho man politician. Can this work in Nigeria and across Africa. Macho man politics. Our hidden economics for you.
Posted: Mar 2nd, 2017 @ 01:56:00 AM