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What is Government? – more answers from current New’s ‘use of words’ (#4 in a series)

July 3, 2013

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 29, 2011 7:58 a.m. EDT

DAMASCUS FEELS EFFECTS OF CRIPPLED ECONOMY By Kristen Gillespie and Jabeen Bhatti, Special to USA TODAY

…Yet some experts say that nothing would be more dangerous for the survival of the Assad regime than a declining business atmosphere in Damascus. Assad would lose the one reason he receives support from commercial society, which funds the military that is suppressing an uprising…

Many people said times were tough but would speak only on condition of anonymity, fearing retribution from Syrian police who routinely arrest people who speak frankly about life under Assad….

Even so, “we can’t force people to go on strike for a long time, because they have to eat and they have no other source of money,” said Hozan Ibrahim, a spokesman the Local Coordination Committees, a grass-roots network that coordinates protests and reports on developments inside Syria.

One bank employee said she believes that as the situation gets worse, people sitting on the fence to protect their standard of living will turn against the regime. The poor have led this movement, but when other social classes begin to get squeezed by the stagnant economy, “they, too, will join the protesters.”


Now, we will consider the meaning and purpose of the term “Government” as suggested in these articles.

Turkey, presumably Turkey’s “Government,” an official but small group of high-level decision-makers, has expressed no confidence in Syria’s “Government,” which is ALSO an official but small group of high-level decision-makers that basically answers to no one.
Are we to think  that the bulk of the organizations that these leaders (the government) direct are merely the tools and instruments of those who govern?  Did Turkey’s Legislative body vote, or are high level un-named sources speaking for their (whose?) government, what exactly is happening here?
We shall take a brief look at each article individually and then continue to refine our definitions and conclusions about government in the context of current governing institutions, their successes and their failures.
Nearly all of us believe we know what is meant by the term “Government” and regularly confuse the interests of “Government” with the interests of those who govern- this is a dangerous mistake in common use of language and keeps populations at odds with each other by political parties which succeed by dividing populations for party or other minority advantage.
As spokesmen above speak for the Government of Turkey, what is actually happening is those individuals who govern and rule are speaking in the name of the nation- the people of the nation are pulled along willy-nilly with little or no voice in the course their “government” charts for the nation.
Government is an institution- both a bureaucratic and complex organization that  has a mission, and an institutional desire to continue both it’s existence and it’s power prerogatives, with both internal and external apparatus that acts on behalf of the organization.  The common mistake in judgement is that those who are in control of government are not government- their self interest is always in play.
Indeed the science of “Organizational Dynamics”  makes a distinction between internal opposition to the organizations charter or constitution and those internal conflicts that challenge the leadership without a challenge to the charter or constitution.
One of the biggest problems with governance in all it’s various forms not just in government but in corporate, commerce and industrial governance is the focus on decision-making and the subsequent power and wealth of decision-makers; it creates irrational incentives that prevents problem-solving while subverting governance from the basic mission of the organization.
A basic tenet of organizational dynamics is the survival of either the organization or the power of it’s leadership will cause resources and energy to shift away from the organization’s mission to protecting either the organization itself, or it’s leadership’s power to direct the organization.
General discussion of government regularly contains references to mission, operations and organizational dynamics interchangeably as if they are all one subject: this completely misleads all taking part in the conversation and prevents real movement towards problem solving when it comes to government and governance.  One persons discussion on mission is another’s discussion on survival of the organization, which is another’s discussion on how government operates- confusion is inevitable.
Our next article will delve deeper into this confusion and how we might come to terms across the global village on how there terms can be restricted to specific discussion.  As of today’s date, the military in Egypt has deposed the democratically elected President Morsi and taken those studying these matters into a new understanding on what composes government and what agencies within a society might act as government…rgj, July 3, 2013,  the eve of July 4th, 2013- the birthday of the Chamber of Justice.
Stay tuned for the next part of this series…What is Government? –(Can we come to a wide understanding on terms and definitions?)’ (#5 in a series)

What is Government? – answers from current New’s ‘use of words’ (#3 in a series)

August 29, 2011

Is the Government those we elect or do they control the government?  I posed that question in the first part of this series.

With  “THE TRIBUNE” headline, “”

Government tours islands hit hardest by Hurricane Irene

“”…one expects the meaning of “GOVERNMENT” to be “the leaders of government”, perhaps a very small number of them.  Its unreasonable to think the entire body of people working for government toured the disaster area.  The body of the article provides a more precise meaning to the term.

“”Fly-in visits to Cat Island, Acklins, Inagua and Long Island gave cabinet ministers, senior government officials and members of the national disaster management committee an opportunity to see the wreckage first-hand and meet locals who weathered the category three storm.””

“”Director of NEMA, Commander Stephen Russell said the whirlwind tour will be followed with a co-ordinated relief effort to meet the basic needs of impacted communities.””

“””Now we can plan how to respond to the needs of the citizens who were impacted in these communities,” Captain Russell said.””

“””As we go into next week we will now have more focus.””

“””Technical officers of these agencies will come into the islands and start doing their formal assessments, going from street to street, door to door, finding out the needs of the citizens, how their homes were impacted, as a result of the storm.”””

“”Power and telecommunications should be restored within the next two weeks, Captain Russell said.””

This example suggests the government is the high-functionaries who direct large ministries, able to deploy resources to help people rebuild and recover.  The “Technical Officers” do not seem to be included in this definition of “Government.”  Don’t all who act in the name of Government and their actions count as government action?

The story demonstrates that “The” Government (High-Ministry Decision-Makers) is there to effectively direct assistance to it’s citizens and this seems to be a clear statement of the purpose of government though it is only implied within the above quotes.

As a side note I particularly enjoyed the “House Rules,” restrictions and community values concerning online comment policy by the “paper.”  We can learn to be a more civil society by observing successful, civil societies.  Manners are important after all.

The government here took responsibility to restore essential services, another “expectation” that we might have when we discuss or use the term “Government.”  If this is an example of good governance in a civil society, then we should contrast these observations with bad governance in violently uncivil-societies.

It may be instructional that bad governance in violently uncivil-societies occurs in the cradle of civilization and indeed bad governance is directed by rulers who could have learned from their ancestors which are responsible for a remarkable part of what many in the world commonly think of as “civilization.”   Perhaps a brave new world will bloom from this global crisis in “Government” and governance.

Stay tuned for the contrasting views of government and more on these News items concerning Syria and Turkey and what their expressions about government and governance means in “WHAT IS GOVERNMENT? – (To be announced, wait for it…), (#4 in the series)”