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The Transition from an Oligarchy

“No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand.”

J. Michael Straczynski

In the previous chapter, I discussed a possible means to replace western democracy with a TDG. This chapter will discuss the transition of an oligarchy to a TDG.

For this chapter, I am defining oligarchy perhaps a bit too broad. But just to clarify with the reader, oligarchy includes monarchies, dictatorships, one-party states, and ostensible democracies where the governing party rigs the elections. Or simpler put, “oligarchy,” for the purpose of this chapter, is any system that is not western democracy. One good sign of a mature western democracy is when political leaders graciously retire when the citizenry has expressed their collective will for another political party.

In many aspects, replacing an oligarchy with a TDG could be much easier than in a western democracy. For example, oligarchies usually do not have the arrogance that their system of governance is irreplaceable. And oligarchies have the power to start building the TDG without their citizenry's approval. The big question is why an oligarchy would willingly hand over responsibility of governance to its citizens.

I can see two reasons that may appeal to some oligarchies. First, oligarchies have always needed some formal or informal mechanisms to placate their population. Letting citizens feel that they are participating in building a new system of governance that will take several decades to build should give the citizenry some degree of satisfaction as well as let the oligarchy know where the “pressure points” are to manage its society. Building the TDG may actually let the oligarchy reign longer than it normally would.

Second, history has not been kind to oligarchies of the last century. If any oligarchy just runs their country for several decades before the eventual fall of the oligarchy, very likely history will not look favorably on these rulers. However if the oligarchy&mdashin its several decades of reign it traditionally has—actually builds the TDG that eventually forms the government to replace the oligarchy, history will judge the oligarchy rulers more favorably.

Will the world's oligarchies be moved to start building a TDG? Many won't. But the world needs only one to two oligarchies to show this can be done. Such rules should be able get their TDGs working well before any western democracy can. What a place in history!

 
 

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