Seeing, hearing and reading about the current state of affairs in Belize; one can only wonder what the leadership are thinking and practicing? There are enough evidences to point to the fact that we are being led away from democracy and into uncharted waters in Belizean history and vision. So far it has been an ongoing and a steady growing issue for decades that we have let slip by unnoticed and it is due to our own damn fault for being complacent.
We have been blinded by political colors, favoritism and ignorance. Such is the after effects of a society that has been raised to believe anything the politician says and to stay fastened to a particular party
because your forefathers did so or because you are friends or enemy to one politician or another. We must learn to see what the real deal is with people vying for seats in our legislation and ministries and make better judgment on them. We must arm ourselves with education and remove the blinds that have been placed over our eyes and start seeing in wide angles.. Far too long have we been taken for a ride, far too long have we remained ignorant, far too long have we let politicians have their way.
We are riding down a road that leads us away from democracy and freedom. If we continue on this road, pretty soon we will be faced with a system of Police State / Dictatorship / Kleptocracy. What are those you ask? Well let me give you a quick rundown..
The term police state describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.
The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state.
A dictatorship is defined as an autocratic form of government in which the government is ruled by an individual, the dictator. For some scholars, dictatorship is a form of government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed (similar to authoritarianism), while totalitarianism describes a state that regulates nearly every aspect of public and private behavior of the people. In other words, dictatorship concerns the source of the governing power (where the power comes from) and totalitarianism concerns the scope of the governing power (what is the government). In this sense, dictatorship (government without people’s consent) is a contrast to democracy (government whose power comes from people) and totalitarianism (government controls every aspect of people’s life) opposes pluralism (government allows multiple lifestyles and opinions). Though the definitions of the terms differ, they are related in reality as most of the dictatorship states tend to show totalitarian characteristics. When governments’ power does not come from the people, their power is not limited and tend to expand their scope of power to control every aspect of people’s life.
Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, from Greek: κλέπτης (thieve) and κράτος (rule), is a term applied to a government that takes advantage of governmental corruption to extend the personal wealth and political power of government officials and the ruling class (collectively, kleptocrats), via the embezzlement of state funds at the expense of the wider population, sometimes without even the pretense of honest service. The term means “rule by thieves”. Not an “official” form of government (such as democracy, republic, monarchy, theocracy) the term is a pejorative for governments perceived to have a particularly severe and systemic problem with the selfish misappropriation of public funds by those in power.
Like our famous Lauren Da Mawning used to seh.. Open yuh eyes, open yuh eyes da which cheese yuh think yuh mi di eat all diw while? Taste ah man taste ah…
Some have opened their eyes and tasted the cheese, and it is bitter.. Open your eyes and taste it for your self.
One People, One Destiny!
- Reflections on a false democracy (fiwebelize.com)
- The police state (ontoliberty.wordpress.com)
- The Sick, Twisted Game Behind the West’s “Democratization” Project (robertlindsay.wordpress.com)
- Of Malevolent Democracies and Benevolent Autocracies: A Very Short Quantitative History of Political Regimes, Part 1.9325 (abandonedfootnotes.blogspot.com)
- Fear Feeds the Police State (adask.wordpress.com)
- We’re heading for economic dictatorship (telegraph.co.uk)
- The Synonymity of Government and Corruption (teepee12.com)
- Will the Internet Lead to Convergence of Dictatorship and Democracy? (mattdickenson.com)
- Dictatorship: Psychological Phenomenon or Man Made Epidemic (mbeniich.wordpress.com)
- Types of government (trutherator.wordpress.com)