Sunday, July 16, 2017

From a Government in Crisis to a Crisis of Democracy

"People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made."Franklin Roosevelt (The State of the Union Address, 1944)

by Tisaranee Gunasekara- 

This is not fiddling while Rome burns. This is taking ‘selfies’ on the railway track ignoring the hurtling express train.

No government can remain eternally popular. Governments, like people, also face midlife crises. Some of the woes afflicting the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration are due to such natural factors. Not all of them, though, or even most of them. These heights of inefficiency, this unwillingness to stand up to the bullying of special-interest groups, this inability to understand its own peril – there is nothing normal about any of this.