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“WHAT IS GOVERNMENT? – (Can we come to a wide understanding on terms and definitions?), (#5 in the series)”

July 4, 2013
Exit lines from previous article…
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.
This 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.

The head of Egypt’s army has given a TV address, announcing that President Mohammed Morsi is no longer in office.

Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said the constitution had been suspended and the chief justice of the constitutional court would take on Mr Morsi’s powers.

He said Mr Morsi had “failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people”.

Later, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice party, and his deputy were detained, officials said.

Saad al-Katatni, who heads the party, and the Islamist movement’s deputy head, Rashad al-Bayoumi, were reportedly picked up hours after the speech.

Anti-Morsi protesters in Cairo gave a huge cheer in response to Gen Sisi’s speech.

However, US President Barack Obama said he was “deeply concerned” by the latest turn of events and called for a swift return to civilian government.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23173794

Tensions between the two main language communities of Flemish and French sometimes run high, and the issue has brought down several governments, creating frequent political instability.

Respect for the royal family, though, is one of the few factors that crosses the communal divide.

King Albert’s announcement comes only three months after Queen Beatrix of the neighbouring Netherlands vacated the Dutch throne in favour of her son Willem-Alexander.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23167525

“”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.””…(WHAT IS GOVERNMENT, #4 in the series)

So today July 3, 2013…

Problem solvers are usually not decision-makers, indeed, decision-makers have both hierarchical status and power and higher pay while directing lower status employees, both in corporations and in government to solve problems often caused by the artificial distinction between decision-maker and problem-solver.  The incentives to protect one’s power, authority and inflated sense of financial and administrative power lends itself to create problems that preserves power of the decision-maker at the expense of organizational mission, operations or even the continued existence and survival of the organization.

Egypt’s current disruption in the rule of government is a distinct case in point.  The Military is acting as problem-solver while the decision-maker is in democratic theory the decision-maker President Morsi, who is under challenge for his status and power.  By the use of implied military force, President Morsi has been effectively deposed much to the delight of unorganized people of Egypt who it appears felt trapped by the Muslim Brotherhood, the only organized political party in Egypt, and an Islamic coup by the democratically elected President and the constitution passed by his party.

To be frank, when the Party in power (or as in the U.S. where the Republican Party out of power) has used it’s position to shut down cooperation with opposing parties or in the case of allegations about Morsi’s political alliance, used it’s power with the agencies of government to oppress and suppress opposition parties then democratic cooperation and dialogue is not only shut down but proves to be an instrument of tyranny and puts the idea of democratic or representative government to a test that it fails to pass.  Let me be clear- democratic and representative governance is easy to fake- any group of criminals, such as Putin’s government in Russia can create the pretense of government while criminals run government as a criminal syndicate.

So, back to Egypt- the military which must be understood in different terms from the US military given it’s ownership of economic and industrial institutions with ties to industry and commerce institutes acted as problem solver over ruling former dictator Mubarak and now over ruling President Morsi has demonstrated the power of problem-solvers over the formal power, prerogatives and status of “decision-makers.”

The abdication of King Albert of Belgium and Queen Beatrix of the neighboring Netherlands who vacated the Dutch throne in favor of her son Willem-Alexander is another case in point of the deteriorating status of formal decision-makers albeit these constitutional monarchy’s are mostly ceremonial, they still played a real role in governing the governments that ruled and administered the land which they by title rule as King or Queen.

Decision-makers enjoy a higher rate of pay- a very much higher rate of pay for the calorie-standard of work performed compared to manual labor, and yet, they must direct an organization that solves problems through subordinates- a system that has utterly failed to function.

Institutions can only survive if they perform a function for the societies they serve.  As soon as the institution demands people serve them, they fail and those decision-makers seeking the service of the people shit in their own pants- destroying the institution they thought they had absolute control over- these fools deserve what happens to them.
Problem-solvers that operate from the front-lines are able to do things elevated decision-makers cannot even comprehend, much like President Morsi thought he could throw his weight around because he enjoyed position and authority.  In this instance, the Egyptian military has proven itself to be a competent agent of government and much credit should be given for their attempts to empower the people of Egypt to choose their secular and civilian government.
Political Parties and heads of self-important governments imposed upon a people by force or clever contrivance that act as if the power they enjoy comes from their moral right, their political might or their military force should be receiving a powerful message from all of these events- the power is not yours- your ability to impose decision-making on others unrelated to problem-solving will not go unchallenged.  You are not the power you believe you are- it is all in your twisted mind.
Decision-makers that do not solve problems directly will go extinct- it’s not if, but when it will come about.  Corporations, small business, mid and large-cap business, government anywhere- makes no difference- the cult and status of decision-makers will fail, and those who see no other way to operate will lose control over your organization.  Problem-solvers grow economies, business operations and government coherence.  Decision-makers incentives to feather their own nest destroys their relevance.
Governance and government must be clearly understood in all of it’s various meanings- a government is run by individuals that govern, with their self-interest in mind, in light of the operations that make it function, with the organizational dynamics that demands the survival of the organization and of it’s established leadership that are all factors of the same subject…Government.  It’s not a simple thing to discuss and forget- we must be sure what part of the various factors are under discussion or we will be played by parties that have their individual control in mind and not the welfare of you, your spouse and your children…rgj
Stay tuned for the next part of this series…What is Government? – (To be announced)  (#6 in a series)

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

July 3, 2013


TURKEY: NO CONFIDENCE IN SYRIAN GOVERNMENT
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 29, 2011 7:58 a.m. EDT
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/08/29/syria.unrest/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_world


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.”

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2011-08-30/Damascus-feels-effects-of-crippled-economy/50196646/1

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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.  https://chamberofjustice.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/what-is-government-and-why-doesnt-it-do-what-its-supposed-to-do-1-in-a-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.””

http://www.tribune242.com/sports/08292011_Government-visits_news_page-1

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)”

What is Government? – a nuts and bolts answer (#2 in a series)

August 7, 2011

Government is a human Institution, it is made up of the many decision-making managers of an large organization and the government employees directed to deliver those services and government goods to citizens and non-citizens alike.  Government describes both the decision-making structures and operations and the visibly elected body’s of government, legislation (write the Law), executive (enforce the law) and judicial (determine what the law means).

“Government” is also an abstraction, a mental invention which allows us all to act as if we know what it means when someone uses the word “government” in conversation.  The word has extremely broad meanings and use so we would like to be a little more precise.

As an abstraction (a mental fiction) the term “Government” can be used to describe a police department, a court room, a jail, a drivers license clerk, a school janitor, the President of the local School Board or the President of the United States.  All Corporations and States must govern.

Government means many things at once, perhaps something entirely different to every different listener so it will help our discussion to narrow some things down so we can converse intelligently about governments around the globe.

A government governs, it functions as a last-resort decider of disputes in its territory and among its own people or with other nations or people, and it enjoys the right to use coercion under circumstances usually determined by a State Charter or Constitution.

In the West, Civilians believe their Government controls the military and police power of the State.  Western Government rules people who have come to be conditioned by “the rule of law.”  The pragmatic and primary meaning of that term indicates a population who has for the most part come to expect each other to obey the law and believes government and corporations also for the most part obey the law.

The terrible failures of government in Northern Ireland and in Kosovo are examples of society’s who have had and lost the culturally stabilizing influence of the rule of law.  Decades of bloodshed and the senseless killing of innocent people later, the rule of law is under reconstruction as local confidence in government’s willingness to obey it’s own laws is slowly established.

When Government and the color of law is used as a weapon against the enemies of cultural minorities running government, the harm done is so great as to warrant a unified global response as occurred in Kosovo.

A properly functioning government operates as a delivery system of services and government goods and tends to be neutrally delivered to all parties as appropriate if properly managed.

Weak or absent management tends to result in various inside cultural minorities competing to gain control of the organization which can lead to incompetent management and a deterioration in the delivery of goods and services.

In extreme cases the inner-cultural overthrow of management and mission could ultimately lead to formally dissolving the organizational through bankruptcy or sale to another company, or to the violent or non-violent overthrowing of gangster government as the case may be.

So we can see government is a State apparatus that handles the day-to-day business of governing people and territory.

The leaders or directors of that government may come and go through general election or may be hereditary; leadership may pass on through violent overthrow or leadership succession may be secret and rule through the threat of immediate and deadly violence quieting dissenters with a promised threat against their entire family for speaking out; but leadership has a separate interest from the governing operations they lead.

The Nation State is made up of the people, the government organizations and the leadership that constitutes by international diplomatic agreement a Nation State.  Every leadership group does not gain international recognition and diplomatic relations and some territories with the name of a nation have no legitimate and recognized governments.

More soon, so stay tuned for the next post on “What is Government, (to be announced, wait for it…) (#3 in a series)…rgj

What is Government and Why doesn’t it do what it’s supposed to do? (#1 in a series)

August 7, 2011

Does Government have “Rights?”  Has Government become a political party, the Party of Government?  Current Events offer us clear insights if we can see past the clutter of conflicting characterizations ‘about’ current events and locate among that emotional-clutter the nuggets of structural information that will inform participants in the discussion on Government.

We have expectations, each one of us do, about what the government is and what it should be doing and we tend to believe everybody else already understands what we understand, then we rant about what we think is happening and this is where our inter-personal and inter-societal dialogue begins to spiral into “clusterfuck,” an Organizational Dynamic’s Term that needs no further explanation.

People don’t have a clearly defined idea of what government is and we don’t trust what somebody else thinks government should be (it means something different to everybody who has an opinion) so how can we understand what is happening in the relationship between government and people all around the globe right now?

Is America the Government and it’s Military and Police Force or is America the people they govern?

Is the Government those we elect or do they control the government?

Is Syria the Government of President Assad with his military and police power or is the nation the people who live and work there each ruled by the authority of the government?

What purpose does this institution we call “Government” have and what is happening to it in modern times (August 7, 2011)?

As the Syrian Government “cracks-down” on non-violent dissent creating violent self-defense by the people of Syria, some questions become pressing for each and every human on the planet.  The global Human family is in crisis and this is but one symptom.

Elections are announced at the same time the Syrian National Military is occupying several city’s and killing thousands of their own citizens with Tanks and heavy armor to keep the current political leaders in place.  Is this pretense of a legislative and executive government elected by the people supposed to stand in the face of obvious contrary evidence?

Is the purpose of Government so vital to the people and the Nation that violent repression and killing of those who disagree with government authorities is reasonable behavior for a Sovereign Nation?

Can you think of a legitimate reason to use government force to suppress the free exchange of ideas between people, especially with people who disagree with governmental results and it’s impact on the people they rule?

Can any common-criminal claim government sovereignty and simply kill those who disagree with them to force an entire nation to submit to the leadership’s (or Political faction’s) domination?

But the most important question now is how long can International Relationships and a Globalized Economy continue to conduct business as usual with thinly-veiled criminal gangs running entire Nations, criminally misusing internationally sanctioned National Government Authority?

In the next few posts we will explore this “problem-cloud” and try to sort out what government really is as a function and how it operates under “normal” situations, then we can look at and understand possible solutions to some of these pressing problems.  Please stay tuned for the next Post on “What is Government- (to be announced, wait  for it…)? (#2 in a series)”