How to get a stable and responsive government

Many people think that a democratic system will produce a responsive system, as the elected government has to meet the wishes of the people.

The evidence points to the contrary.

What is the general outcome of democratic systems?

a) They produce an unstable government
b) The elected people make promises during the election but do not carry out the promises.
c) The elected people are beholden to the rich people who funded their election campaign.

Is there a better system?

Remember – the goal is to produce a stable and responsive government.

I am in favor of a system where the leaders are elected democratically from a smaller group of qualified voters. These voters should be selected to represent the cross section of the people.

When the United States became independent of Britain, the voters were the property owners. This was considered acceptable as they have the biggest state in the country, It is not a perfect system, as the interest of the workers and slaves were not adequately protected.

Today, most democratic countries work on the basis of “one man one vote”. All citizens are given the right to vote. However, the outcome of this system has been not satisfactory. The government in many countries have been dysfunctional.

An alternative system is that practiced by the communist countries, such as China. The leaders are voted by members of the communist party. They represent the interest of the people in the country as a whole.

Communist systems have failed in the past due to corruption and the economic sanctions imposed by the wealthy countries. But their failure is not universal.

Some communist countries have produced a stable and responsive government that bring their people out of poverty.

We should not automatically criticize a communist system as being “not democratic”. Instead, we should see if it produces a government that is largely accepted by the people of the country.

Perhaps a communist country can hold a referendum – should we continue our current system or change to a western style democracy? If they can carry out this exercise, it might legitimize their system.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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17 Responses to “How to get a stable and responsive government”

  • Darth Vader:

    tkl, SHUT THE F**K UP!!!! WHO the F**K do you think you are to decide for us who is or is not allowed to make decisions for us?! Who died and made you the one to decide that Singapore must choose communism????!!!! What makes you think we even want a sociopolitical system where all the fruits of our hard labor are taken from us by force and given to those who did NOTHING to EARN them????!!!!

    Here we are, FIGHTING to END a system that has degenerated into a de facto one party state with no accountability or transparency and you want a system to PERPETUATE one party rule????!!!! By the SAME ruling party that has made our lives miserable????!!!! Why, you still sore you lost your deposit in PE2011? So you think a communist state can make you president-for-life like winnie the pooh is in China????!!!! The people have ALREADY SPOKEN, and almost NOBODY wants you, so GET LOST!!!!

    BTW tkl, here’s something for you to think about: no matter how bad he may be, Donald J. Trump achieved something you FAILED to. He was LAWFULLY ELECTED President of the US, just like you were lawfully shit on the head by our people, Singaporeans. Doesn’t that prove that if Trump is shit you’re FAR WORSE than shit????!!!!

    So tkl, since you think people like seeing and smelling your excrement so much that you feel the insatiable need to spew it everywhere, maybe we should shove your head into your own rear end so that you can enjoy it as much as you want without the rest of us having to suffer it

    Oh wait, that won’t work. You’re already spewing crap everywhere despite your head being stuck up your own rear

    Nevermind, then we’ll just dump you in China since you love marxism so much…

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  • Boh Kia See:

    So problem solved all in one short message.

    That is why the PAP say there is no need to go to University. Just ask TKL to solve problems. There is no shortage of solutions there.

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  • Ans is staring us in the face:

    How to get a stable and responsive government.
    Easy. Just vote the present one OUT!

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  • oxygen:

    THE WRITER IS ADVOCATING the installation of closet mafia. Mafia also elect their own leader internally and they assassinate their own kind to get ahead.

    And after assassination, they send beautiful eulogies to those they killed.

    This thread is IDIOTIC LUNATIC WRITING of moronic proportions.

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  • vincent tan:

    comrade tan KL…,
    please keep your ideologies private.
    no communist for sg ever and forever
    never ever communist , lets be very clear !!!
    do not understand how come you can come up
    with..
    “ only certain people allow to vote “
    “ most others lesser worthy of
    one-man-one vote ?! “
    is this idiotic tan KL of sound mind to
    suggest communism for a democratically
    nation for the pas 6 decades?
    hope tan kL withdraw his nonsensecical suggestion genuinely
    …..so as to built a prosperous DEMOCRATIC society…

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  • tan kin lian pea brained:

    Anything that smacks of a pliant parleement can never be good. Look at the clown pap government. It is no good at all. Every pap member is a S$m sycophant, telling the naked clown how good he is, when clown is actually a useless piece of shit.

    Anything that provides true check and balance is excellent. Want to ownself pay ownself S$m? Well, unless national referendum says Yes, it is a No.

    Want to appoint wife to S$billion position in citizen owned asset? Well, unless national referendum says Yes, it is a No.

    So, tan ah tan. Don’t be too hung up about name of process, whether it is called democracy or TRE system or Kiasu System. As long as system provides a true check and balance mechanism on the elected folks, it is a good system.

    Don’t be fooled by the clown pap IB BS about a hung system. A hung system never killed a country. It only stops any nonsensical S$m ownself benefit ownself scheme from taking place.

    It is a good thing tan kin lian is not in public office. Half past six brain is more harm than good. Is tan kin lian better than clown pap? Well, both are equally bad. An indifferent choice.

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  • LawlessNations:

    Base on your argument, since PAP is largely accepted by the people, their ideology of a benevolent with an iron fist strong man ruler should be the way to go for all nations then

    Stop and think about that because whatever the model of governance installed in each nations, democratic or otherwise, they all share one common principle outcome which is a potentially lunatic strong man who operates in the dark, can’t be transparent, and freely rule over the law and behave above the law when it is expedient for him to exert his power.

    None of these rulers or strongman are righteous and together they wreck havoc and destabilize the world as your can see currently happening worldwide between east and west and within their globe.

    LKY last will, to demolish the House where the strong man reside as God should be seen as “God sent message” to pre warn for breaking the ten commandments (lawless) with liabilities.

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  • TruBlu:

    TKL is behaving weird these days.
    Luckily,he was not elected EP.

    Is he on PAPnosis(PAP HYPNOSIS)?
    Guess he has lost his faculties.

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  • What character this nation?:

    “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing… America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

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  • UniQ:

    @TKL
    Quote :
    “I am in favor of a system where the leaders are elected democratically from a smaller group of qualified voters. These voters should be selected to represent the cross section of the people.”

    Who elect this smaller group of ‘qualified voters’ ?

    How do you define ‘qualified’ ? :
    Connected ? High Net Worth ? Civil Service Top Echelons ? Scholars LOLOLOL!!) ?

    Basically, you’re referring not to a Parliament, but a Politburo !!

    Sigh, I’ll rather keep a low profile then utter pure nuisance at a good ripe age. Like I said, your ill or rather lethargic approach to proper research has eroded your creditability. Being hard headed and refuse to recognised ones short coming is an obvious reflection of your generation mentality of high moral ground over actual pulse from the ground.

    How sad to bring these lacks to the grave.

    My 2cents worth.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Again you have shown your true colours Comrade TKL.

    I think you will make a better despot than the old man.

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  • Leevinder Singh:

    Dictatorship offers the most stable and efficient form of government.

    Eg. Efficient in executing political prisoners.

    Stable as in all opposition murdered , no chance for rebellion.

    A dictatorship is where citizens are slaves and have no rights and no say and have No Recourse in any situation.

    This is what many want. This proves stupidity

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  • ahkong:

    Singapore problem is that we have a business minded govt. Everything must make money then can,

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  • Boh Kia See:

    I think TKL is campaigning in his own way with an eye towards the next election. That is why he is coming out with these superficial and shallow ideas.

    One of the sayings that is applicable here is if you are dumb then better to keep quiet rather than to open your month and confirm to others that you are dumb.

    If he is campaigning, it is going to backfire on him. Now everyone who has read his “solutions” will be thinking that luckily he was not chosen as a President.

    But still, everyone has the right to have ambitions however lofty it may be. That is part of the democratic process. We simply have to tolerate it.

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  • pap gang of S$m lying liars:

    Boh Kia See:

    One of the sayings that is applicable here is if you are dumb then better to keep quiet rather than to open your month and confirm to others that you are dumb.

    Why tan kin lian is opening his mouth to confirm he is dumb.

    Because he is dumb that is why he is opening his mouth.

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  • Intrigued:

    You seem so enamored with the Communist system. Will you be forming a Communist Party to contest the next GE (while there is still one)? You should have little trouble finding comrades who are used to a Communist-style one-party govt with no opposition. Or are you selling the idea on behalf of another? Testing the water perhaps?

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  • RDB:

    To Darth Vader: September 1, 2019 at 2:58 pm (Quote) and all other “experts” smart and vulgar alacks like him too.

    tkl, SHUT THE F**K UP!!!! WHO the F**K do you think you are to decide for us who is or is not allowed to make decisions for us?! Who died and made you the one to decide that Singapore must choose communism????!!!! What makes you think we even want a sociopolitical system where all the fruits of our hard labor are taken from us by force and given to those who did NOTHING to EARN them????!!
    =======

    So, you think you all know better? But have you all proposed and convincing and better system for governance? No but why??? Aren’t you smart alacks just trying to show how “smart you all are!

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