24 September 2011

Articles: The world after democracy / What is wrong with democracy? / Politicians are too powerful to be true servants of the masses

Articles: The world after democracy / What is wrong with democracy? / Politicians are too powerful to be true servants of the masses / Contract government - the alternative to democracy

More criticisms of democracy out of Africa: Over recent weeks, the newly founded Botswana weekly newspaper, "Weekend Post", published a string of articles by Gaborone-based freelance writer, book author, and businessman, Mash Udenula.

First, marked as "analysis", "The world after democracy", on 13 July 2011: http://www.weekendpost.co.bw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=301%3Athe-world-after-democracy&catid=49%3Aanalysis&Itemid=68

Excerpt: "Democracy as a government system, is fast reaching a stage where an increasing number of citizens are becoming disillusioned and are rapidly losing faith in it. Events are accelerating to a stage where literally, the world will need a new government system to replace democracy! ... In fact, without this transition from democracy to something better, the world is going to spiral into increased levels of internal and external conflicts."

Second, the colum, "What is wrong with democracy?", on 28 July 2011: http://www.weekendpost.co.bw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=381%3Awhat-is-wrong-with-democracy&catid=41%3Acolumn&Itemid=68

Excerpt: "As I explore the acute deficiencies and inadequacies of the democratic model of government, I will put the basic definition of democracy in the docket and see how it relates to the current operations of so called democratic countries. ... African countries ... wrongly think the day they get free of their dictators would spell a dawn of a better life."

Then, the column, "Politicians are too powerful to be true servants of the masses", on 8 August 2011: http://www.weekendpost.co.bw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=453%3Apoliticians-are-too-powerful-to-be-true-servants-of-the-masses&catid=41%3Acolumn&Itemid=68

Excerpt: "Politicians in so called democratic set ups, do not fear nor respect the masses. To make matters worse, once elected, politicians control the police, the army, the media and other resources leaving the masses as helpless observers ... that live in fear of the people they elected to represent them."

Lastly, the column, "Contract government - the alternative to democracy", on 22 August 2011: http://www.weekendpost.co.bw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=517%3Acontract-government-the-alternative-to-democracy&catid=41%3Acolumn&Itemid=68

Excerpt: "I call it contract government because in this government, whoever aspires to head any government function will do so on a strict performance contract basis. Whether a particular leadership performs well or not will no longer be determined by campaigns and national votes but against clearly outlined measurable deliverables."

The link below is to a search for all articles by the author published in this paper. It will therefore be updated with future columns, if any.

The paper's website may be down for lenghty periods of maintenance.

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