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Tuesday, 11 September 2007

The Entrapment of Feudalistic Ideas among the Third World Nations - Part 1

By: Ahmad Syah Ejaz Bin Hj. Ismail

It is essential for me to underline on the issues of non-conventional entrapment of the Third World Nations into new form of Feudalism so that the reverence of peoples intelligentsia is treasured and not what ones might think of leader’s right to hold power in the name of the people. The transition of the developing world without the supervision and intelligentsia from the Capitalist entities in ones country can be considered a failure and usually will lead to a new form of non-conventional Feudalism.

Since the develop nations coined the term the Third World Nations at the start of the Cold War to differentiate Capitalism and Communism block and promising nations that can be implored to join either Capitalist or Communism block, much had been discussed on the future of these Third World Nations before after they were born out of Colonialism.

Although the 20th Century is considered the age freedom, many problems had occurred since due to immaturity of human intelligentsia in the Third World Nations. Only small numbers of the Third World Nations managed to free themselves from the entrapment of the non-conventional feudalistic idea after independence. Often, such feudalism is suppressed by their own countrymen and not by the conventional superpowers.

After the Second World War, a lot of the British colonies either in the Africa continent or in the Far East gained independence due to the inability of the British Labour Government to finance their colony after the War. Thus independence is given without considering either particular nation is ready or not to embrace democracy. Most of the ex-British colony is not yet ready to govern themselves without the interventions of the develop nations. It is demonstrated in the African states and certain South East Asian nations (Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines just to name a few).

Years of colonization endured and frequent manipulations by the colonialist government had left such a country (usually Third World Nations) in political and social turmoil and disintegration. Especially after hundred years of pluralistic approach by the British government in order there will be no political unity among the colonies against the British government. Such conditions had backfired when the nations in democracy immaturity is granted independence which the new government formed doesn’t have any idea to rule so much so any good role model self administrations. They will then resort to adopting the previous administration style of divide and rule and remains the disintegrated conditions such as pluralistic society to stay in power such had the British had done during colonization period.

Such conditions had been elaborated in length by Joseph P. Schumpeter as the relishes of society’s mediocrities by the political leaders so they will remain intact on the political helm of the mediocre society. Such situations will ensure certain and particular parties to govern the pluralistic societies and remains relevant. From the words of Schumpeter’s “As every political captain knows, only mediocrities can be counted on for loyalty”.

I do not intend to delve deep in the problems of classical Asian conflicts of divide and rule. What I’m trying to make a point in this article is that there is latent entrapment of the Third World Nations to remain in a situation of mediocrities far worse the transition of socialist states towards the feudalist beliefs. The tactics of divide and rule (pluralistic approach) that was once used by the colonialist is again used by the Third World regimes or political parties upon their own subjects to remain in power.

Schumpeter had emphasized on the emerging beliefs of the socialist idea socialism is the way of the future. I disagree with his views, especially when he questions the survivability of Capitalism which he anticipates to eventual destruction. I believe the only way for mankind to be free is through Capitalism. So much so that on the theory socialism promotes equality, it will only eventually lead to neo-feudalistic idea and far worse it will incarcerate the masses to work for the feudal lord in a new dimension such as corrupt democratic government either through despotic leaders or mediocre echelons of executives rulers. It is easy to reckon how mankind favours socialism, but ones cannot perceived that such ideology only will further create mediocrities and breed new blind-allegiance towards the new feudal lord.

The entrapment mentioned above by the new dimensions of feudal lord upon the mediocre society which had been exercised in Europe through land lords and the church is to ensure loyalty among the inferior subject which usually has nothing. The interdependent of each level of class in Europe had put European community in static feudalistic states for hundred of years. One of the push factors of Enlightenment and Rationalisation in the early years of Renaissance in Europe is Capitalism and accessibility of knowledge despite Church suppressions. It proved in the past of how much the power of Capitalism and individual ownership can bring freedom and “equality” towards a society.

Knowledge and the distribution of information that comes through Capitalism and trades had brought the end of feudalism in Europe. The emerging power of individual ownership is felt throughout European community, thus creating push factors of intelligentsia which brought revolutions such as what happened in Europe through French Revolutions.

With Capitalism in moving in the right directions, the freedom of expression is felt among the masses through individual ownership and non-allegiances towards the feudal lord. The objective of individual loyalty upon Kings or land lords is understandable as for their survivability. Such reciprocal interactions are obsolete when the power of individual ownership emerge replacing the dependency that was much needed before this class have nothing. Capitalism that which was brought by trades interactions between various parties brought along wealth, choices for the consumers and freedom. Meanwhile Feudalism that was once favours mediocrities of the societies to remain relevant is seeing as rotten and creeps by those that had tasted the juice of Capitalism.

Currently there are indications among the Third World Nations regimes to analyze their freedoms. Some of the Third World regimes saw that freedoms among the masses as a threat especially towards their political seat. Take for an example on the issues of bloggers either in United States or in Asia are considered as non-traditional threat. The power emerged due to individual ownerships and the flow of the information. Never in human history, has one man views in far side of the world will influenced markets either positively or negatively in large scale. There are approaches by the Third World regimes to encourage the state of mediocrities among the peoples so they will remain relevant. The reason such a phenomenon occurs is the powerful brewing of the intelligentsia especially in the Third World Nations that had embraced an extent of Capitalist idea. Knowledge preponderance is never felt in such nations which make it static by adopting the administrations of the coloniser by keeping the pluralistic society in stagnant.

Such conditions of feudalistic approach by the modern regimes which intend to suppress intelligentsia so that they stay in power will only ensure their own demise. The ultimate destiny for feudal lord either it be one-party system or Kings or constitutional king is come to an end. The only remedies to ensure they will length their power is by opening up a bit by bit.

One of the guidelines for the intelligentsia in emancipate themselves from such control is by understanding Immanuel Wallerstein theory of World System-analysis. They (the intelligentsia) should realize that mediocrities among the society are considered a gift (for feudal lord) to reckon loyalty.

To be continue…

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