There is a high degree of socialization that happens in democratic states. People grow up being told that democracy is the best form of government and most immediate evidence tend to confirm this. Therefore, this average person has an uncritical view of democracy.
The aim here is not to criticize democracy, but to show this average person the best form of government to development. After all, who does not want to live in a developed nation?
The problem is a certain stigma is attached to the title “dictator”. People instantly believe that the person is cruel, brutal and selfish. However, this is certainly not the case. There are good dictators, in the same way there are good and bad presidents in the democratic states. If the person who loved their country and even more importantly knew what was best for their country were to come into power, they would be able to improve the country tremendously.
I would like all of you to know that, a dictatorship has greater control over people and resources allowing for more state driven economic growth, making it in a better position to develop than a democratic state.
The other thing you have to know is dictatorships are superior to democracies in that they can make decisions and implement policies quicker. They can easily modify institutional and legal frameworks towards development goals, as there is no need for a political consensus behind their actions. This also insulates government from special interests that must be reconciled with in democracies. This allows dictatorships to create a pro-investment legal, economic and institutional framework such as low taxes, exchange rate manipulations and import tariffs without facing political opposition.
Look at how long it takes Malawi as a democratic state to implements its policies. Implementation of polices has been a great challenge to Malawi and development as a whole. Cause how would you expect it to develop without the policies?
This is to say due to the large number of people involved in decision making; federal regulation, law and infrastructure takes forever to implement, unless in a dictatorship where the leader requests for something and it immediately gets done. You will see that our government moves slowlywith all decisions having to move down the chain of command, but this is not the case with dictatorships.
Everything happens very quickly in a dictatorship and the slow process of government is not a concern. This allows for a very efficient government in a time of crisis and also allows for less corruption among the government officials. A dictator is very strict with rules and does not allow those working under him to break the laws.
My fellow Malawians, take a closer look at our developments in the different governments. You will find that almost all the developments took place when our leaders turned to be dictatorial. Let tyranny rule the country and development take root. Look at Dr. H.K Banda’s developments. Though I blame all these woes on him (Kamuzu Banda). Look at what Bingu wa Mutharika did when he turned to be dictatorial. All credits goes to this exceptional president Malawi has ever had. Dictatorship is the right way to development.
Due to the lack of rotation in office, a dictatorship allows for a more stable government with the more ability to plan for the long term, which is crucial for attracting foreign investment. It does not even need a research to see that the countries that have developed rapidly have tended to be those that have managed to attract foreign direct investment.
From our country’s context, you can agree with me that each election changes the economic environment and most of it being in a negative way. In our country, a change in each of the governments lead to a switch in policies, partisan appointments to governmentbodies and a short term focus always set on the nextelection. This switch in policies due to new governments in power slows development, but this does not happen in dictatorships where there is lack of rotation in office and hence allowing a more stable government with more ability to plan for the long term.
Democracy is expensive, it is for the rich. The resources needed to run a democratic society and run elections are a large expense for the state and society as a whole.
As we all know, before the donors cut off aid, 40 % of our budget came from them. Unwise enough; our leaders are still asking these donors to resume the aid, of which aid has proven wrong when it comes to developing a developing nation like Malawi. No country has ever developed through aid. If we continue with this democracy, just know that these so called ‘’well-wishers’’ will continue plundering our economy. Switch to dictatorship and see how we can control our resources and use them for the better as the Asian tigers did.
Malawi needs a strong dictatorship to develop. Meaning that the dictator himself is capable, proficient, loyal, intelligent, benevolent and has that soul and vehemence as a leader. With this then the Malawian weak democracy is no match for it. In this case, even though political freedoms will be completely oppressed, the economics and personal lifer remains relatively unrestricted, thus allowing national-wide economic growth.
In this context I demonstrate that poor but large and stable dictatorships exhibit a higher equilibrium growth rate than the comparable democracies. Think about it.
If not for the dictatorial type of government, then get on your knees and start praying for a miracle. I cry for my beloved Malawi. I rest my case.
- George Luwayo, a holder of Bachelor’s Degree in Political Leadership from Catholic University of Malawi. For feedback and comments write to [email protected]