I cannot be challenged. I am always right. If you dare to challenge me, then you must be deranged. Who the hell are you, anyway? What I utter is gospel, and it is always right. Everything else is false, or as they say now, fake news.
So, do you agree that I am always right, or even better, I can only be right always.
This is the current mind orientation of conservative, right-wing parties who decry any initiative by the left parties. This is the status of what I call “elected” dictatorship. Many a time, people making up the electorate make a bad choice and end up with a conservative party running their government. But then, they find themselves in a quandary, as the extreme right-wing becomes the mainstream right-wing. They are always right, and everyone else, including the stupid voters who voted for them and their ideology, are always wrong or stupid. Everyone who did not vote for them, of course, is an anti-national.
Sounds eerily familiar? Such things are not unusual in democratic sounding dictatorships such as Russia or Turkey or Egypt. Forget about other countries which are autocratic without a shred of democracy whatsoever. Whatever the leaders of these countries say, that would be considered as the “real” stuff, even if it is simply fake news.
The deterioration of large democracies such as the U.S. is a case in point. President Trump has standardized his own version of all fake news, supported by his own “state“ TV channel, which is Rupert Murdoch’s FOX News. Trump has single-handedly led the destruction of democratic institutions in the U.S. Unfortunately, many other countries take their cue from the U.S., and their moralistic following of what is emerging as an American dictatorship is very dangerous to the world. This is going to cause serious damage to democracy as a form of government all around the world.
In Asia, democracy is not that old, and to that extent, it continues to be fragile. When developed nations such as the U.S., France and the U.K. could demonstrate dictatorial streaks in their democratically elected leaders, then Asian countries cannot be told to follow a principled approach to true democratic form of government, right? The U.S. has long since lost its moral perch preaching to the world on the virtues of democracy, freedom and human rights anyway.
Given this kind of emerging situation in world affairs, it is not surprising to see attempts to curtail civil rights of citizens. Any tendency to raise even academic thoughts about such limits to freedoms enshrined in the constitution can lead to a potential backlash from the powers that be. Any questioning about the issues affecting the country could be construed as treason and anti-national, and going by the latest “outburst” from Trump, he has asked his lawyers to sue the leaders of the House of Representatives: how does that sound to a dictator or an autocrat – sweet music, right?
Well, all of us are in danger if we could simply be arrested for engendering questions in our minds. Sounds like Communism is coming back? Should we get prepared? Should we abandon all thoughts on pertinent issues affecting this world? Should we just keep quiet and avoid all public discourse or even friendly conversations?
May be. I don’t know.
My suggestion would be to keep going in the same manner that you would in the normal course of your life, instead of trying to limit your thoughts as per the imposition by the great powers ruling this world.
Everything has a life cycle. The deeply embedded principles that one has followed through his or her life cannot be sacrificed at the altar of elected dictatorships. One should have the conviction to follow his or her head and heart, and leave everything else behind. I believe it is not necessary to eat only the chef’s food, when you can learn how to cook and make your own food – the food that you really like!
Have a great week ahead,
13th October 2019