Reply with quote #31
"...Brother Sengbe, the problem with a benevolent dictator is that sooner or later they develop a messiah complex where they start to believe that 'only I can save my people'..." I am willing to agree with you if you can cite a tangible example of a benevolent dictator at the initial stage, who later developed a "messiah complex". Would you consider the late PM of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, as a benevolent dictator, due to his longevity in that position, and what he did for his nation, and her population? He transformed a once third-world nation on par with Saro, into a first-world modern state during his tenure through some sort of benevolent authoritarianism, I presume, or else he could NOT have survived for such a long to fulfill that feat. "...The cleaning exercise went well and it was a good start, but lets remember that the government ordered all citizens not involved in the cleaning to stay in their homes or be arrested. This is the difficult aspect of the cleaning..." DMK, I do not understand why this is a "difficult aspect". This threat served the purpose of clearing the areas being cleaned of (personal) impediments to the process that could have been caused by the non-participants in the exercise. I think it served the purpose very well in the interest of ALL of the folks living in the city - participants and non-participants alike. Do you not agree? I strongly believe that nationals showing good faith in good citizenship must never be handicapped by non-voluntary-participants espousing bad citizenship through their collective civil abstinence in an event that benefits ALL in the community. What would have happened without this "threat" knowing fully well the level of indiscipline some of our folks are known for. "...As a one off or in an emergency it is acceptable but we need to be careful when giving the government of the day carte blanche to take away our rights without due process because as we saw, there is always the risk it will be abused..." So, what rights were taken away from folks in this case? It is a possibility that it could happen in other instances but not in this case. Sorry I am responding only now due to the end-of-semester rituals.