9.14.2005

we are not alone



"Sixty-five percent of citizens across the world do not think their country is governed by the will of the people, a poll commissioned by the BBC suggests."



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10 comments:

carlosceldran said...

The will of the people means nothing if the people themselves have no idea what's good for them.

Ian said...

They should conduct that poll here. The will of the people means something but not necessarily followed by the government.

Urbano dela Cruz said...

my point was that dissatisfaction with government is a global phenomena.

Anonymous said...

It may well be that validity of the nation-state is declining.


citizen frank

Sidney said...

...or it might indicate that most governments are not doing a good job!

Urbano dela Cruz said...

or it might be both.

or it might be that the 24-hour news cycle is colliding with the slower legislative and administrative practice.

My own guess: we are at a watershed moment of redefining the role of government and the expectations of governance.

Radioactive Adobo said...

Dissatisfaction with government really should be viewed from another angle - that the people create and choose their own government. If democracy isn't about making our government systems work, what else will?

Sigh.

ed said...

everyone sometimes feel they should have been born in a different country.

it's just that some people are made to feel it more often :-)

Urbano dela Cruz said...

radioactive adobo,

(aside: are you a cousin to the radioactive sago?)

I agree. the project of democracy in the Philippines must be seen in the context of the 100 years past and the hundred years future. We are learning (as with the rest of the world) and redefining. It is frustrating at times but the cycle of change in governance (governance -NOT government) is much slower than the cycle of opinion.

I must admit I am negative about our prospects in the SHORT TERM, but positive about our prospects in the LONG TERM.

Urbano dela Cruz said...

ed,

part of me wonders about the effect of TV during the martial law years. Our experience is unique among the southeast asian countries in that Marcos supplemented martial law propaganda with hollywood fare - supplying us with US sitcoms and soaps and prime time shows. -the other dictators - Suharto, Lee Kuan Yew, etc. -fed their citizens a steady diet of locally produced (antiseptic), nationalistic, propaganda shows.

Among the SEasians, we were exposed to western images of "idealized life." and you must remember that in the 70s, US tv intentionally showed government was working -- hence the surfeit of police shows and investigations. (this was an intentional project under J. Edgar Hoover)

So we saw more of the pretty pictures of how "wonderful" the US was and how law enforcement supposedly worked well -while we were kept in the dark about our own dictatorship.

This is a "kuro-kuro" -and I cannot support it with any study, but I strongly suspect that somehow this is at the root of our disillusionment and longing for life in other countries. (caveat: I think it's just one among many reasons).

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