“There are an awful lot of things going on that need understanding and explaining, but to put it mildly, the world is a mess.” – Madeleine Albright, former US secretary of state under Bill Clinton. Quoted July 27 2014.
Most of the other posts on this site relate to current world events, and as such, there isn’t a whole lot of new information, its basically a collation of materials from as many different sources as possible to reduce the bias and lies. I probably fail miserably at this, but at least there is a nod to the idea.
This post is however more original, it’s looking forwards instead of backwards. It has been done to try and make some sort of sense of the world as we look down the barrel of an impending shitstorm. And its to try and determine what form of government would work best, and include all the things that drag a government backwards – corruption, war, oppression, the lack of rule-of-law etc. and then to try and find the best approach, explain the risks and rewards, and the cost to everybody of doing so.
First point here is different forms of government as suited to different places. We have all looked in horror as the Arab spring turned to the blackest of winters in front of our eyes. Democracy it seems doesn’t work everywhere. We were wrong to try. So this forms as good as any starting point for the discussion. Foreign intervention.
I will make it clear that I am a supporter of China’s approach to this – as little intervention as possible in the affairs of other nations. On the surface. Anyone who reads the news knows that China is getting its hands dirty in other countries, just on the surface you dont notice it.
I am a telecommunications engineer, so the above stories were all picked up by myself years ago. I dont really blame China for any particular fault here, this is fairly common practise. China had to play the game a bit harder to break into the market, and it did so well. It was able to take advantage of something fairly unique to China – a silo approach where government coordinates with business on a very fundamental level to work together in securing contracts. The CCP has bankrolled China’s giants as they try and spread out and sell to the world, and there has been no more successful example of this than Huawei. To be fair to the other telecommunications vendors, the dotcom bubble of 2001 crippled many of them, and waiting was Huawei. Good timing on their part.
So the first part of good government that I would cherry pick is close involvement with the companies you want to see succeed. China’s approach here is quite clever – it can trade access to its huge markets for access to another countries, and in businesses that on the surface have nothing in common. Correct coordination between business and government is essential, and Government needs to be allowed to play a greater role in business, not the other way around. In the western world the connections are more remote, but they are still there. The Swedish Government has directly bankrolled rollouts for Ericsson in the same manner as the CCP has done for Huawei, although it has been a lot more selective. I absolutely cannot provide references for this, but in my 15 years as a mobile radio engineer you come across plenty of information that doesn’t make it to the surface. Especially if you go hunting for it. But as I cant proivde proof, then it must remain a story and taken with a grain of salt. Sorry.
The point to what was written above is that if government and industry work closely then there is a greater potential for success. I dont believe the west has exploited this as well has China has, but they are catching on fast. Any Government needs to able to redistribute the success of one company out to another who its championing. Its done to some extent in the west but nowhere near with the coordination that Asian countries display.
But enough about the relationship between industry and government. Thats about 1% of the equation. The real issue is the way people relate to government. This is in tatters almost anywhere you look. Africa – its a joke. America – if pulling your gun to sort out problems is where you get to, then its a joke. China – connections are key, and corruption is more embedded in the system than any other country aspiring to be called “Developed” or “developing”. Japan – the rule of law is more absolute than almost any other country. Yes there is a major corruption problem, but it is based on outcomes rather than take what you can. I will explain this in another post. Corruption in Japan is not an existential threat, not like many other countries. So, the second point to be made is that the rule of law must be enforceable everywhere, and no priviledge shown to anyone, regardless of who you are. In practise obviously this can never be realised, but at least that is a solid starting point.