Development through Dictatorships

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Sri Lankan politics and the framework is backward. Two or three main parties start thrashing each other and development of a nation turns into a coffee cup in the main banquet! Sri Lankans must learn not to kill a king using a cannibal.

 Some have chosen a bunch of reformers in Sri Lanka. You must ask whether these reformers are always right about what is wrong, or are they generally wrong about what is right? We speak of ‘touching’ a man’s heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it. Man is always something worse or something better than an animal and a mere argument about animal perfection never touches him at all.

My fellow countrymen “opulent or impecunious” the centre of every man’s existence is a dream. Deaths, disease, insanity are merely material accidents, like a toothache or a twisted ankle. These brutal forces that always besiege and often capture the citadel does not prove that they are the citadel. The aesthete aims at harmony rather than beauty, if my hair does not match the mauve sunset against which I am standing, I hurriedly dye my hair another shade of mauve.

 We have to change this imprudence. Especially people who have been privileged to explore other cultures, countries and workings of their social development must strive to develop Sri Lankan people and their mentality. This creates a harmonious platform for future generations to enjoy. This could be achieved if you have a dictator in Sri Lanka to discipline society and empower the public.

 Dictatorship does not necessarily result in development, defined by human wellbeing (which incorporates education, health, income, and safety from internal and external threats) and even by personal discipline. There is no conclusive evidence proving that either dictatorship or democracy cause development. Dictatorships guarantee social order, a necessary prerequisite.

Democratic nations should not take retaliatory actions against dictatorial governments in order to diminish their legitimacy.

I will prove that these actions can only undermine the possibility of development in these countries.

Points for Dictatorships
Breed development through efficiency

Personal discipline and order

Better control over variables of human development

Resistant to income redistribution pressures

Elections are a luxury reserved for developed countries

Regimes can be a path for countries to focus on development

Flexibility in policy that breeds growth

Achieves social stability

Economic miracles under dictatorships

Dictatorship out performs democracy in development

Promotes development and diminishes social differences.

Points against Dictatorships

Undermines the people and are unaccountable

Development is not possible when there is no succession in the government

Priority is to maintain power

Profit to dictator, but not to the citizens

Threat to diversity and multi ethnicity

Transforms national policies into irregularities

Development ensures freedom

Development occurs when a dictatorship reverts into democracy.

We looked at two options and will highlight more options for Sri Lankans so that they do not repeat mistakes in the future.

 Dictatorship breeds development through efficient and straightforward decision-making:

A government, no matter which kind, can surely make good or bad decisions. There are things that can stifle, dilute and postpone good ideas. Dictatorships fare better when these factors are taken into account. They are superior to democracies.

Dictators can surround themselves and employ technocrats instead of popular personalities, which is helpful in modernizing the nation when the majority of the population are reluctant to abandon their traditional ways.

Dictatorships do not automatically result in development – an increase in human wellbeing, which can be evidenced by improved education, health, lifestyles and security. Neither does democracy.

There are however both advantages and disadvantages to each system when it comes to encouraging development. A dictatorship has greater control over people and resources for state driven growth,

Democracy is dependent on education. Unless people are making informed political decisions guided by personal responsibility democracy fails.

 We can understand the Dictator mentality. They are no different than you or I. Dictators can be good if they have integrity and are responsible. They are practically the average struggling individual, but exaggerated. What embitters the world is not excess of criticism but an absence of self-criticism.

These are options available for further medication of the Sri Lankan mentality. In order to progress, the dead things have to go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.

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