The impact of the pandemic on political systems

The covid-19 pandemic will cause a major change in the political systems in many countries.

To address the economic disruption, many countries have to implement fiscal stimulus plan that cause a large increase in debt. It required the government to play a large role in the economy.

The neo-liberal system that has been in favor for the past three decades, and which advocated a smaller role for the government, failed to produce a suitable response. The government had to step in.

Most countries will now move to a new environment where the government, or the state, has to pay a leading role. It is not possible to leave important matters to be left to the working of the market or to businesses to find the right solutions.

I also envisage that democratic systems will change. The need for a bigger and stronger government will require the political system to be changed to produce the right type of government. Countries cannot afford to have unstable governments that can be changed regularly to suit the wishes of the people.

We are likely to move to a more authoritarian form of government, whether military, communist, fascist or monarchy.

If democracy is to survive, it need to change its structure to create a government that is more stable, and less likely to change in a general election.

A democratic government should have, at its core, a group of leaders that can serve a longer term and be assured of continuity. It can be backed by elected leaders that can reflect the wishes of the people, but do not become the majority in one election.

How about a system where the leaders are elected based on their personal qualities and not on party affiliation?

How about electing people in a multi-level system with each level electing leaders at the next higher level, so that the top leaders are those that came through the ranks?

This system ensures that the top leaders have to come through the ranks and are elected by people who knows them well and are able to trust them in leadership.

Is there a country that already adopt this system? It is also the system adopted by the catholic church. It has produced stable leadership that has proved to be able to deliver good results over the centuries. It may not be totally free of corruption, but is probably better than most other systems.

By the way, it is also the way that the communist party system works.


Tan Kin Lian




13 Responses to “The impact of the pandemic on political systems”

  • Alamak:

    @TKL. Is that your party manifestos? You are reinforcing the status quo.

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  • John Richards:

    Are you trying to say that the PAP system isn’t already very communist-like? You want to entrench the PAP even more firmly? Get out of here!

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  • TKL's doppelganger Tan Kim Lan:

    Wasay!…TKL going into western politics now. Wonder whether someone wrote for him. I doubt he really know the stuff he is talking about. Anyway, his amanuensis SUCKS. 50 cents per sentence?

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  • Tracey Ching:

    Dear Ah Tan, are you a closet communist? Have you heard of Chia Thye Poh? Are you aware of the china Wuhan Virus? Why don’t you Migrate to China? The governance of China is shit. There must be more than one voice, so said the doctor who died of the virus.

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  • TKL's doppelganger Tan Kim Lan:

    John Richards:
    Are you trying to say that the PAP system isn’t already very communist-like? You want to entrench the PAP even more firmly? Get out of here!

    Once a sycophant, always a sycophant. This one even more dangerous. “running with the hounds and hunting with the hares”

    How this canine ‘sabo’ the presidential election. Who can forget?This time will be the coming election. Mark my words, those stupid naïve ones here who says will vote for him.

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  • Reminder for Kin Lian:

    When Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Chinese Republic and, to be honest, the person who did more to modernize the country than anyone else, set out to bring China into the modern world, he knew that it required more than just knowledge and equipment. So he sought to create a political philosophy that would help provide the world’s most populous nation with significant amounts of pride while leading it to a better future. For inspiration, he thought of Abraham Lincoln’s phrase ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’ from the Gettysburg Address.

    Sun Yat Sen said of “The Principle of Democracy”:

    “Since we have had only ideas about popular rights, and no democratic system has been evolved, we have to go to Europe and America for a republican form of government. There some countries have become republics and others have adopted constitutional monarchism, under which royal power has shrunk in the face of the rising demand for popular rights.

    All through my revolutionary career, I have held the view that China must be made a republic. While a constitutional monarchy may not arouse deep resentment in other countries and can maintain itself for the time being, it will be an impossibility in China. This is from a historical point of view. If a republican government is adopted, there will be no contention. A constitution must be adopted to ensure good government. The true meaning of constitutionalism was discovered by Montesquieu. The threefold separation of the legislative, judicial, and executive powers as advocated by him was accepted in every constitutional country in Europe.”

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  • oxygen:

    THERE IS NO SUCH A THING AS A STABLE STATE (govt) in a turbulent world. Big govt means BIGGER SOVEREIGN DEBT which peasants must pay the bill in all finality.

    Dictatorship will collapse on its own weight, inevitably.

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  • opposition dude:

    I have no idea what the hell Tan wrote.

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  • trublu:

    Tan Lian Kin,you are now POFMA-ed for propounding commie ideology.

    The ISD will knock on your door soon.

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  • ManOfSin:

    To elect is to promote and elevate person or persons, often with diverse views, beliefs and self interests, into power. Once you form a group of people who have been promoted into the corridors of power, these privilege individuals will have to contest among themselves to go up the tower of influence and charismatic power . Eventually a definitive strongman will emerge among them who will be entrusted with the supreme responsibility of building, gathering and distribution of material and human resources so as to secure, maintain and defend the power or pyramid structure – a very costly and oppressive affair especially the masses at the lower stratum of society or food chain.

    And because it is costly(very very) you have to fight each other to build warchest and personal bank account. You therefore need to sell yourself where the demand to ensure you are the predator and not the prey/victimised/subservient in the food chain or power structure to survive or live decently. The demand will humiliate you and make you a lesser being(a beast in the city). We have to live in a lie, a bubble to justify your despicable existence as a human being who is torn apart by the politics of man.

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  • WakeupSG:

    For a post-pandemic SG, an overhaul of the “elitism & cronyism” system is imperative. Some of these characteristics:

    -nobody owns up to the mishandling
    -in prosperity keep cash for themselves to splurge
    -in adversity call to stand united in solidarity to use taxpayers money


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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Bastards:

    Isn’t there many financial deterents for ordinary people to stand for electiion? For eg the deposit, the salary considerations of the candidates? That’s why so many join PAP. It’s easier. You get in via GRC. The heavy weight bring in the unknowns.

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  • Mephisto:

    “It is also the system adopted by the Catholic Church.”

    Mr. Tan. The PAP is way ahead of you. This is exact the System they were trying to reproduce.
    The top tier of the Church do not look at career in the same way as our leaders. Nor do those men have families
    to look after. So that is a good system, we have a version here and it worked for a while, but we have seen the flaws.

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