To begin with let me just start by saying that the following is my opinion. It is neither wrong nor right but meant to ignite a serious discussion about or countries future. I strongly believe that the bourgeoisie(middle class) is the future of Tanzania, it has always been but never lived up to it's potential. Before I give reasons why the middle class is the way forward let me first state the other social classes in Tanzania and why they are not what is going to thrust Tanzania into it's destiny. Some may believe that the other social classes are the way forward but that is their opinion. There are visibly three(3) classes in Tanzania. 1)The farming and manual labor class, 2)The middle class and 3)The wealthy and ruling class. 1)The farming and manual labor(vibarua) class: These people include low scale farmers, petty merchants, no contract labor force etc. Although in Tanzania statistics are scarce but this group makes up about 80% of Tanzanians. They provide the hard workforce of the nation. They are what I like to call the "muscle workforce" since there strength is usually their capital. Why aren't they the way forward? For a number of reasons. a)They are poor: When a person is poor they do not think of developing the country. They do not think what the country and other individuals lack. Rather they concentrate more on getting by. Who can blame them? If I myself have problems of my own why should I care about the problems of the other? The poor tend to concentrate more on helping themselves first and getting themselves out of their position. They are more family oriented. TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE! b)They have no voice: What channels do they have to voice their opinion? Who even bothers to listen to them? In the days of strong workers' and trade unions they had a way of expressing their ills but that is no longer the case. How many strong labor unions are out there today? c)They are uninformed: All of us here at JF have the luxury of access to various sources. We know what is going on. It is the fact that we know what is going on and what is wrong that we can come here and debate different ways of solving our problems. Most people in this class are just not well informed. And as the saying goes, "No research, no right to speak". If they are not well informed they can not make reasonable decisions or calculated risks regarding the well being of the country. 2)The wealthy and ruling class: They hold almost all the wealth and certainly all the power of the land. These are our industrialists, rich business owners and the top decision makers. So why are they not the way forward? a)Out of touch: Even if a person was once poor, once they become wealthy or in power it is hard for them to relate to the normal wananchi. This group is out of touch with reality and is self serving. b)Status quo:Most people if not all in this group want to maintain the status quo. This means that it is hard for them to adjust to changing circumstances and reality. They believe that maintaining the status quo is the way to maintain power, who can blame them? Now we come to the bourgeoisie, our middle class. I call them the "Brain workforce" of our country. These are our educated professionals. They include high ranking civil servants, doctors, engineers, professors, journalists, teachers, medium scale business owners etc. There are plenty of reasons why they are the way forward. a)Education: Most of the people in this group are educated. For those with a "legal" education, they are very good at what they do and took the time to horn and harness their crafts. They are very talented and skilled. They are supposed to be the THINKERS of the nation. b)They are comfortable: They can afford all of their basic needs including some if not most of their wants. This gives them the luxury of being able to allocate some time towards national issues. c)Best of both worlds: More so true for civil servants. They hold some wealth and some power but they are neither the wealthy or ruling class. They are the bridge between the working class and the wealthy ruling class. Most of the people from this group have their roots in the working class. In this way they are not so out of touch with the reality. d)They are informed: Due to their position they know everything that is going on. They know the decisions being made by the ruling class and the dealings of the wealthy businesses class. They are in the know. They are present when big decisions are being made and reached. Information is power, if only they knew this and used it for the good of the nation. e)Hot commodity: People in this group are a hot commodity, why? They are needed by the rest of the other groups. They provide labor for the working class but are also needed to work for the wealthy and ruling class. Both of the other groups directly need the bourgeoisie for their survival. f)They have a VOICE: If you look at the age of the revolutions in Europe you will find that the bourgeoisie lead the revolutions. If you look at as recently as the struggle for independence you will find that they were lead by the bourgeoisie. If you look at today in a country like America it is the middle class leading the economic recovery and most of the governments goals of recovery are based on the middle class. Why? Because they have a voice which can't be ignored! The wealthy and ruling class will do whatever they do but they always aim to please the middle class. So what can Tanzania do to utilize it's bourgeoisie? I think that lies with the individual person in this group. As soon as each improves individually the whole group and thus the whole nation benefits. a)Education: Every single individual should see education as the way forward. We can't all be educated but the more educated people we have, the better. b)Ever single individual in the bourgeoisie should recognize the power they hold and the position to change things they are in. They should see themselves as servants of the people and not just of one single group. c)Selfishness: Almost every single person in the bourgeoisie aspires to move up to the higher class which is the wealthy and ruling class. That's why we see most of them opening up businesses or trying for political positions. This brings about them to inherit traits of the upper most class which is selfishness, self-serving and out of touch. If every individual in the bourgeoisie becomes less selfish and more interested in serving the nation rather than themselves then it will be a big victory for all of us. Nyerere had solved this problem with "UZALENDO". But we are seeing less and less of this as time goes by. I would like to end by saying that every Tanzanian has a part to play for the development of Tanzania. If each of us individually plays our part then we all benefit. Remember that in every team there is a captain and of course a few players who are more skilled and talented than others but that does not mean the other players are any less important. Let as all do our part for Tanzania.