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Towards An Ideal Form of Government
(1)Individual freedom: the government must ensure
maximum freedom for its citizens, including the
right to choose their own leaders via free elections.
(2)Government responsibility & accountability: the
government must be responsible for what it does
and be held accountable. What, then, should thegovernment do? Do those things that are beyond
the individual and private sectors! Three examples:
a.Embracing and maintaining capitalism, whichhas proven to be the only means to prosperity. Nocapitalism, no prosperity!b.Defending the country while avoiding unneces-sary wars.c.Undertaking the mega projects (e.g. highways,bridges, and space programs).
2. Where are we today?
Today, there are mainly three forms of government
a form of government in which
the oce of head of state is usually held until death
and includes a
. Two examples: Saudi Arabia and North Korea.
generally dened as a form
of government in which all adult citizens have an
equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.”
examples: Greece (nearly in bankruptcy) and theU.S. (advancing toward bankruptcy).
Autocracy: In this form of government, thereis neither a king (as in a monarchy) nor any free
election for people to choose their leaders (as in
a democracy). Instead, a team of people choosesthe next leaders for the country and they “
oftentake the form of collective presidencies
.” This form
“a dictatorship without
a dictator.” The one and only example: China.Next, let’s examine these three forms one by one.
This form of government represents the past. It has
two characteristics as follows:
(1)Individual freedom: People are not very free, and
hence are not very empowered. As a result, thissystem just can’t seem to move
, which means no prosperity. A free
election? Forget about it!
(2)Government responsibility & accountability:There is no doubt who is in charge: The king! Bet-ter yet, the king promotes permanency, with one
supreme goal: passing the kingdom to his designated
son (or daughter). A big problem is that the succes
-sor is often not as good as the king. As a result, a
dynasty typically lasts for several generations only.
Any doubt? Look at the Chinese history over thepast 2,000 years!
January 6th, 2012 in Op Ed
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