In recent years, the global anti-establishment mentality has been on the rise. What is ‘anti-establishment’?
The so-called ‘institution’ here is the party that has dominated politics and government over time. These are the parties that are elite in politics. It is this anti-elite politics that is called ‘anti-establishment’ politics.
This ‘anti-establishment’ politics is carried to the masses through the mass rhetoric of “we are against them”. Its capital is, by nature, popular dissatisfaction with ‘institutional politics’.
“These are the people who have been ruling for decades; What is the benefit ”? That is, the mass politics of ‘institutional anti-people politics’ has prevailed over the past few years, capitalizing on popular dissatisfaction with the ‘establishment’ of the political elite.
As part of this ‘anti-establishment’ mood uprising, we can also see an ava on a benevolent dictator. The bigotry based on ‘anti-establishment’ is being created not simply as an opposition to the elite of politics, but also as an opposition to the institutional political structure.
Democratic structures are ineffective; They were created to protect the interests of the political elite; Thus there is no benefit to the people; Pride campaigns are gaining ground in anti-establishment politics, as these democratic structures are bent on providing effective governance that benefits the people.
Instead, the mindset is sown among the people that there should be a ‘beneficial dictator’ who can run an effective regime that can bring benefits to the people.
Commenting on this, Kitschschild and McCann argue that “bigotry on political grounds is the demolition of the institutional structures controlled by the political elite, their welfare institutions, and the appointment of the leader of the bigotry party as a direct voice of the people in that space.”
Here are the so-called justifications for a benevolent dictator-(1) ‘institutional structures’ are not in the public interest; Rather, it is in the interests of the political elite.
(2) The political elite is elected by the people but does not represent the people.
(3) The solution is to defeat the political elite, dismantle the institutional structure and submit all political power to a dictator who benefits from the voice of the people.
In the long run, big directories may seem to justify the above reasons to people who are bored and disgusted with politics that gets nothing. Especially in times of economic crisis, the sadness of the people towards the rulers is high. By then, every word of the founding anti-extravaganza would have come true.
In government, those who go up and down several offices several times to do a thing, wait in line, get multiple signatures, and have the extreme mentality of hatred at the whims of officials, may think that it would be better to have a ‘beneficial dictator’ instead of this structure. It is this mentality of the people that is the capital of these mass-established anti-establishment politicians.
Being emotional, not making decisions is not just advice; Is also the insistence of psychologists. But it is the feelings of hatred, anger, dissatisfaction and fear of the people that are the majority of these anti-establishment politicians.
‘Beneficial dictator’ is a kind of paradoxical phrase. To say that the dictator alone is a matter of fear; Does putting the word ‘beneficial’ in front of it give the same impression? Should we accept phrases like ‘beneficial racism’ and ‘slavery to a prosperous future’? Not sure! It is difficult to define dictatorship. But, some of its features can be identified.
Juan Lins identifies some aspects of dictatorship as limited, irresponsible political pluralism, lack of broad guiding ideologies, widespread and radical mobilization, and the indefinite exercise of power by dictatorial leadership.
Dictatorship, therefore, leads to any kind of direct accountability, arbitrary exercise of power without structural barriers. Whether it is safe for those who are not in that power to lead the individual to exercise power without any restriction or limitation to the group, or with minimal, unrestricted control. That is why the word dictatorship is meant to create fear and hatred. If so, only the dictatorship that benefits, how attractive it seems.
Beneficial dictatorship is illusory thinking. It is based on the premise that when all power is in the hands of the good, he will do good to all. But when one realizes the other side of it, one can understand the hypocrisy of this illusion and the illusion of a ‘beneficial dictatorship’.
Power is the majority; Like an atomic bomb for example; Accumulating that power to one is like having the atomic bomb to only one. He has no restrictions on how and when to use it. It does not make sense to put such a limit. Because nowhere else does he have the power to knock it out even if he violates it. Therefore, at the mercy of the dictator, everyone will have to live.
Suppose, perhaps, that we have given the dictatorship to one of the ‘saints’ today. He is a saint; As narrated in the Puranas, he provided good governance. But what is certain is that those who come to power next to that saint will also be saints, and how to deal with that uncertainty?
Here, only one thing is certain; That is, concentrating power is not healthy in any way. This is why the principles of separation of powers and barriers and equations were developed.
Commenting on the devolution, Montesquieu said, “When legislative and executive power are concentrated in one person, there is no freedom. Moreover, if judicial power is inseparable from the legislature and the administration, there will be no independence. If the judiciary is combined with the legislature, the life and liberty of the people will be subject to arbitrary control. Because the one who makes the law there will also be the judge. If the judiciary is linked to the executive, the judge will act with violence and repression. ”
That is why the three branches of government, the legislature, the administration and the judiciary, must be separated, says Montesquieu. The next stage is the ideology of barriers and equations. Even if there is a division of power, domination within a sector may occur. Therefore, the need for each sector to have barriers and equations over the other sector is put forward through this ideology.
As the foundations of modern democracy, these have evolved. Therefore, breaking all the restrictions and restrictions on power is very dangerous. It should always be borne in mind that, as Lord Acton says, “power is corrupt, absolute power is absolutely corrupt.”
In a democratic structure, there are a lot of flaws. But, as Sir Vincent Churchill put it, “Various forms of government have been tried; In a world full of sin and suffering, many more forms will be tried. No one is saying that democracy is perfect or that all wisdom is perfect. But democracy is not worse than all forms of government that have been tried so far. ”
Thus, the dictatorship is a sham that is the panacea; An illusion. For someone who is in the throes of disease, it is easy to believe that anything is medicine, and sometimes even the poison that kills, is known as medicine. Never be deceived.
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