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THE philosophy of governance is the art of managing human societies according to well-established rules. In history, there are many experiences of success and failure.
The democratic experience in Kuwait began in 1921, but it did not take root until 1963. During its course, it witnessed successes and failures in the experiences of more than one parliament. Multiple confrontations with successive governments often led to the intervention of the supreme leadership, and through the dissolution of the National Assembly, or the resignation of the government.
At some point, many envied Kuwait for its democracy, but the instability and constant confrontations between the parliament and the government for decades reflected negatively on the development of the country and led to the distortion of its democratic core. This is because bringing together the contradictions in society and the state becomes difficult, if not impossible, so how do we combine economic and civil openness without political openness related to intellectual freedoms, especially freedom of expression? Therefore, in front of this confrontation that has been ongoing for decades, and the resignation of the current government, this may not be the last chapter in the confrontations.
The questions for which we are yet to find answers are – For how long will we remain in this state of continuous bickering over various aspects and fields? Until when will the escalation and paralysis of political and economic life in the country last? How long will we remain in a state of stagnation? How long will we remain dependent on oil as a sole source of income for 90 percent of our budget? What if oil prices fall and what if our sovereign funds lose, and what and what and what…? Perhaps we are of the opinion that democracy works for a certain caliber of people and not everyone due to differences in culture, customs or history, so the same solutions do not apply in all societies.
What was applied in Germany did not work in China, and what worked in Russia will not work in America. Just as individuals have their own characteristics and differences, societies also have their own characteristics and differences. In the face of the privacy of our society and our country, a comprehensive review, careful thinking, and a re-evaluation of the experience are required.
When the roads are closed, the search for a way out becomes necessary, and it also requires a strong, enlightened leader. In political science, the “voltarian theory” or what is called “the enlightened dictatorship” or “the benevolent dictatorship,” succeeded in many countries, as it made Russia the second pole in the world, and made China the first industrialized and developed country in the world.
Continuing with this approach has become impossible, as slouching is a characteristic of government performance, escalation and electoral gain are the characteristics of parliamentary performance, and painkillers have become useless. In the end, “cauterization” has always been the only option.
Let the cauterization happen through statesmen who are able to bear the troubles of responsibility and not enjoy its luxury, because those who are able to bear the troubles of responsibility can bring about the required change and correct the course.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times