Excerpt from Section 4. Government

Posted: February 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
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New democracies have special problems because the change from all other forms of rule to democratic government is complex. Ideally such a change is planned in manageable steps, so that the creases can be ironed out at each step as they occur. Only when a step has been accepted as successful should the next step be taken.

But the real world is not so considerate. New democracies are being born out of unsustainable, mostly authoritarian governments that have catastrophically collapsed. The surviving people elements of such super-nova nations then rise out of the debris with new hope and expectation that everything will be better now. Unfortunately it is not so easy.

It takes time to draft new constitutions and laws and to set up enforcement agencies and revenue systems. That creates a lawless vacuum in the meantime, which quickly fills with criminal opportunism. Crime pressure can arise quickly out of suffering and anarchy following a collapse. Such criminal activity then often has enough time without adequate enforcement to establish and organise itself into tough structures that are very difficult to dislodge, even after a reasonable level of order is eventually attained.

Adding to the problems of these new democracies is the sad fact that most of the people qualified and skilled enough to run the new government and its departments are those from the old government. These, of course are still encumbered with non-democratic ethics, systems and ideologies and they inevitably try to adapt them to the new democratic system. In many cases that is too big a stretch, so the new, democratic government is in danger of failing as well.

Then there is the issue of established oligarchies – the landowners, power brokers, movers and shakers of the previous regime. They can afford to sit back and watch how this democracy thing unfolds. They can then intervene if it is not to their liking, or pick out opportunities in the chaos to increase their power.

It is entirely possible that the hungry, weary population of such a crime-riddled, non-functioning new democracy just wants some stability back – like the devil they once knew. So at the first or second legitimate election there is a great danger that these disillusioned, crime ravaged voters just vote back the same system or one very similar to the one they just escaped. For them the cure seems worse than the disease. That is not a good outcome for the people of that nation, nor for the rest of the world.

New democracies need mentoring, even if they are too proud to admit it, let alone request it. A team of non-aligned political experts could be assembled, who have life-long experience of living in and running successful democracies. These teams should be available to offer mentoring help in overcoming all these transitional difficulties. They should ideally comprise retired heads of state and high-profile officials with no hidden agendas or ties.

It is most important that such teams should represent a combination of ideology and culture compatible with the new democracy so that full confidence pervades. If this compatibility is not honoured and people of other ideologies come in, it just sparks new antagonism among the population. We discuss nation mentorship more later.

  1. sedweb says:

    Congratulations Egypt [standing applause]

    Dear people of Egypt,
    I sincerely hope that free humanity and its leaders will now stand with you to help you get through the next couple of years. I published this excerpt from my book to inspire free people worldwide to step into their responsibility and provide assistance to make your transition to democracy smooth as possible.

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