Thursday, February 20, 2014

OPINION - What Does it Take?

Every aspect of how your country is run is the way it is because the majority of the people have agreed that is the way it should be.

A government is a relatively small body when it comes down to numbers. It is a small, elected (most of the time) group of people who decide how a country is to be run, and they use the country's police force to enforce this law. The population of the country - as a majority - agree to follow these rules for the greater good, but what happens when the people decided they no longer like the way things are run and want change?

 As an example we'll look at Australia. The government of Australia is made up of a body of approximately 800 individuals. There are approximately 50,000 sworn police officers in the country, who enforce the government's laws, keeping in line a population of 23.4 million people, 19 million of which are adults.

This relates a scary figure. There are 380 adult Australians for every one police officer. Nearly 24,000 adult Australians for every member of parliament. Easy odds for a population in revolt. But it has never happened - probably never will. Why? Because in populations this large, people have a need for leadership. A population that large is difficult to feed, to supply resources for. It requires management and governance - governance which that small minority can provide, hopefully fairly.

It is possible, however, for a population to revolt. But what makes it happen? Many countries are doing it lately, and all for the same reason: the people - as a majority - feel that they are not being represented or cared for adequately by their government. A good government would keep in touch with their public and recognize when they've stopped giving them what they need, but many governments don't - or won't - and it leads to one of two directions; dictatorship or revolt.

In recent history, the advent of social media and the shrinking of the world due to the internet and advances in communications have made it orders of magnitude easier for the people to get organized and march on their governments en-masse. This has led to what you've been seeing lately in Turkey, in Ukraine, in Thailand, in Venezuela, in Egypt... But what makes a people turn?

I ask this rhetorically. I don't have an answer. But I believe that in a world on the brink of financial ruin, a world of increasing natural disasters, a world on the brink of war in many corners and especially in a world where revolt is becoming increasingly common, it is a question that is well worth asking oneself.

Have a think about it.

- CumQuaT

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