And though I had slain a thousand foes less one,
The thousandth knife found my liver;
The thousandth enemy said to me,
'Now you shall die,
Now none shall know.'
And the fool, looking down, believed this,
Not seeing, above his shoulders, the naked stars,
Each one remembering.
--John M. Ford, The Final Reflection

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"The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any." - Russel Baker

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Gripe #10: Down With The People!

Prompted by this post on Digital Buryong.

People who've talked politics with me will know I am completely and utterly against the democratic system. I think the system is flawed, cracked, and inapplicable to the Philippines. Mainly because this entire country acts as the prime example of just why the people should never, ever be given any sort of authority to rule.

You see, a single individual is a sensible, rational being. Their decisions make sense and, in some ways, they understand the vague concept of "the greater good." However, when you get two or more people together, you're asking for chaos. What you get when you huddle together the tired, poor, and uneducated masses is not a stable ruling body, but a mob. And a mob is when man descends to the nature of the beast. The mob is incapable of running something as delicate as a country, plain and simple.

Of course, if we're going to remove the current system of government, what do we replace it with? The most efficient and effective would be a centralized, totalitarian state. Take the power away from the people, but leave power to those few who understand what needs to be done with it.

Hell, while we're at it, bring down the thrice-damned justice system! Remove this whole "due process" and "innocent until proven guilty" crap. If they're accused and there is evidence to prove it, then go straight to the slow, painful, and public execution. Torture them to death and televise it, to make sure everyone knows what sorts of horrible things await those who violate the law. I'm not saying this should be implemented for major crimes. I'm saying this should be implemented for all crimes and misdemeanors.

Focus finances on tourism and agriculture production, as they are going to form the economic backbone of the country. The country lacks the technical know-how to compete with the manufacture of mechanics and electronics the way Japan, Germany, and the US can. So we compete with what the country is abundant in, which would be natural wonders and crop production. Improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector and maintain the beauty of our beaches and forests. While we're at it, forcibly move the excess people in the urban areas back to the countryside and have them work there. Have all food production be monitored by state authorities and make the jobless who have no suitable skills start working the farms. It'll be better than having them begging on the streets!

As for who should be running the show, I propose an intellectual oligarchy. Have the country be ruled by the ones best qualified to actually rule it, rather than those who can afford to have fancy campaign ads and have sexy young nymphets dance on stage before they give their speech. I'm not talking about elections, as those are fraught with deception, manipulation, and bribery. I'm talking picking out the most qualified in terms of education and experience (experience should be the priority here, not educational attainment) and put them where they can be of use. Have the country be run like a thrice-damned corporation, not a madhouse where the inmates have taken over.

Of course, this idea, while sensible, will never happen. The Philippine people will never accept any measure, let alone a revolution, that threatens to take away their "basic freedoms." The moment you even suggest anything remotely like what I've rambled about above, you'll have the press and the mobs screaming "Martial Law" and making sure that the pressure from the public will effectively cripple any improvements that could have happened. Any attempt to improve the status quo that can be slightly interpreted as limiting what a person can or cannot do without government interference is going to get killed by the myriad of groups that this country has that, while not having the place to do so, like to meddle in administrative affairs.

Honestly, I believe life would have been much simpler if we were under an absolutist monarch similar to Louis XIV. He may thought of himself as "the State" (though the quote is probably little more than a creative twisting of his actual words), but at least he knew how to run a country.

"Down with the people!"

Now, to lighten the mood, the cute-cute Saya Misaki:

1 comment:

DIGITAL BURYONG said...

Thanks for the mention, man. This town's full of rats. The reason why people are moving out, hibernating, or finding their way to death.