Thursday, August 25, 2016

The First 70s: Kanism

Kanism was the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence.

The first recorded use of the term Kanism was in a political cartoon by Kemet Tribune, published on August 28, 1970. The illustrator later wrote that there was "nothing particularly ingenious about the term, which is used to represent an affliction that can hardly be described in any other way.”

From there, anti-revolutionary committees, panels, and “loyalty review boards” in royal court, city, and village governments, as well as many private agencies that carried out investigations by companies concerned about possible revolutionaries in their workforce.

These actions caused the Consultative Assembly of the Kemet National Council of Advisors to lead a total of 49 investigations by the Fall of 1970. With the combination of international relations and the safety of his people, Royal Decree Order 2768 initiated a program of loyalty reviews for employees in 1970. The king’s mandate called for dismissal if there were "reasonable grounds for belief that the person involved is, in fact, disloyal to the monarchy." King Michael, reacting to Kanism’s influence and felt a need to counter the growing criticism from Kane and his people about the lack of harsh action against suspected revolutionaries.

Through 1970, new councilmen took offices in the cities and villages and strengthened and extended the king’s loyalty review program in their territories.

However, Chancellor Andrew; the king’s brother became a voice against Kanism. On a broadcast evening program Kemet Tonight Chancellor Andrew said:
“Just not the Kemet way of doing things. We can’t keep letting the Marbella Tower Bombing affect our morals. We are outing an entire race of people in the Mhuni by calling them traitors just because a few of them have a different opinion of what their rights should be. Also, we are causing people to become unemployed and victims in society due to hearsay. I am calling on the king as well as the Kemet Council to cease any harsh laws until we can find out who the real revolutionaries are, instead of listening to Baron Kane.”

Despite the Chancellor’s words and hopes, Kanism spread. In the summer of 1971 roughly, one out of every four employees in the country was required to pass some sort of loyalty review.

Once a person lost a job due to an unfavorable loyalty review, it was tough to find other employment.

Still, the nation as a whole did not unite behind the policies and activities that came out of the Great Terror. Chancellor Andrew had a strong emphasis on the king to stand up against Kanism on certain issues.

For example, in his overridden veto of  the proposed Decree for National Security of 1971, King Michael wrote, “In Kemet, we punish men for the crimes they commit, I have not or will I ever arrest people for the opinions they have."

In a conference with labor officials, King Michael discussed his feelings about the situation.

“It is now evident that at this present time the country has fully embraced, something destructive as Kanism. I am not referring to the baron, because he is my cousin, and I know he means well. He is only important in that his name has taken on the meaning of the word that will no doubt have its place in history. What I am concerned with is the false statements of the truth, and the destruction of the due process law, something that this country has enforced for the last fifty years. It is the use of the false claim and the groundless accusation against any citizen in the name of nationalism and the monarchy. It is the rise to power of the false patriot who lives and feeds on the untruth; it is the spreading of fear, hate and the destruction of our beliefs in every level of society. This Kanism is more dangerous and destructive than any war or any cowardly attack from a bomber could ever do. If this doesn’t stop our future won’t be about making our country great, instead it will be about saving our own sanity."