27 May, 2019

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Wimps And The Monolithic Basil Rajapakse Empire

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

The Wimps have collapsed like a house of cards; and worse if the Divineguma Bill is enacted and Basil’s empire expands by Rs 80 billion the sharing out of the 2013 budget allocations between ministries will be as shown in the accompanying diagram. It may be argued that 80 billion is a worst case scenario and 60 billion is a more realistic estimate of the increase in Basil’s muscle; in that case his prospective empire shrinks to 14% and the crumbs left over for the Wimps increase marginally to 34%. I have also shown the allocation for Education and Higher Education (Rs65.8 billion in total) as a separate slice on the pie chart since this is the burning topic of the day thanks to the FUTA strike action.

Among the Wimps are many erstwhile champions of devolution, including the brave knights of the Dead Left, who heroically “opposed the 18-th Amendment in principle but supported it is practice”; a version of the dialectic that would have floored Hegel and Marx in one karate shot! Also among the Wimps are one time stout defenders of devolution such as Rajitha, Dilan and Douglas who offered to lay down their honour or lay down their cabinet portfolios, but when it came to the crunch had no hesitation about which one they would choose to lay down.

Towards a Corporatist State

Anybody who thinks it was the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission, who was assaulted by a squad of pro-government goons, would be dead wrong. This is not an attack on the JSC Secretary; it is an unmistakable message to the Chief Justice: “Bugger off or this is what is in store for you.” The CJ is a lady and – no offence meant – maybe they think psychologically a soft target. This is a message to the judiciary, the legal profession and to anyone who dares defy the siblings. However, it goes even deeper; essentially it is not even about a ruling cabal that brooks no opposition. No the cabal thinks and strategise long-term; the looming agenda is about an emerging Corporatist State, so let me dwell on the concept a little.

Though the word fascism is of Italian origin (fasci, meaning tightly gripped bundle), high fascism in its most ruthless manifestation is identified with Hitler and the Nazis; the Mussolini original which came to power in 1922 is a more corporatist, say a softer version. Here are a few key words we can link with Mussolini’s Corporatist State; ardent nationalism, totalitarianism in the sense of bringing everything under the umbrella, if not the direct control of the state, a perverse kind of socialism, and top-down state control of trade unions, public administration, police, military, judiciary and the economy. It did not smash every vestige of independent activity, Church, learned societies, universities and scientific bodies as Nazism did. It was called national syndicalism, in that it gathered populist organisations, anti-communist unions, business interests, the media and some notable Italian intellectuals under the patron umbrella of Il Duce. Hence there was a degree of patron-client relationship in Mussolini’s Corporatist State and if you sense you are reading this in Colombo and not Rome, well the similarity is not of my making!

Sri Lanka is not, and is not on the way to becoming a military dictatorship. The Generals are poodles kept on a leash and made to dance to a sibling tune; they have no alternative power base; they never had except in the brief months overlapping the end of the war. Sri Lanka is not, and is not on the way to becoming a classic fascist state. Despite the political corruption of a clientele public there is a sufficient reside of resistance in the political opposition, the media, the educated and business classes and in the working class to render an experiment with naked fascism unsustainable. Above all the international climate and democracy in India so long as it lasts, make military dictatorship or naked fascism an impossibility in this Island. In my judgement what we are sliding towards is totalitarianism of the Corporatist variety.

Divinaguma another nail in the coffin

The most obnoxious feature of the Divineguma Bill is that it expands the Corporatist Empire of a Rajapakse sibling by somewhere between Rs60 billion and Rs80 billion. The second abominable feature is that is an instrument for the centralisation of power rendering impotent even the barebones of devolution now in place. I say barebones since the existing provincial councils are but vassal instruments of the regime with backbones moulded of the softest clay. If a sibling says “Stand up! Sit down!” the honourable councillors fall over each other to rise or to squat. The wimps in Cabinet long ago folded-up their vertebrates and put them away; in post-Divineguma Lanka the provincial wimps will next be bypassed to the tune of tens of billions of rupees. And it is all being done with the fullest and most genuflecting corporation of Cabinet and Provincial Councils, assimilatory corporatism at its best!

Although there are weaknesses, inefficiencies and coordination weaknesses in the present distributed administration of poor relief these will pale in comparison with the abuses that will result from consolidating the entire programme in a monolithic Basil Rajapakse empire. The regime will make use of its controlling position to make political capital out of poor relief which will also be twisted when necessary into an election gimmick. Political appointees loyal to the regime will secure sinecure appointments, efficiency will decline and corruption will proliferate. There will be conflict between the Empire and Provincial Councils except in the case of UPFA Councils which have little taste or gumption for asserting independence from the regime.

The net effect is that the consolidated monolith will be one more tool in the hands of the Rajapakse Regime in its relentless bid to foist a Corporatist State on the country.

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    Rajapkase extended family clan, their cronies and henchmen are busy turning Sri Lanka into a “Greece” style financial mess.

    Sri Lankans will see results of this massively corrupt mismanagement once the current dictatorship is history.

    Rajapakse family will not be around pay the price. However, our kids will be in deep trouble.

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    Dr Kumar David has to understand, MR and Party his allaince who had been uproot LTTE -seperataism of terrorism form our soil,on behalf interest of Democarcy, Tamils and Muslim Community of North-East part of Island.
    If we have not elemanied LTTE-terrorist outfit; needless to say POOR Tamils and Muslims are still under culches of TERROIST RULE IN OUR MAJOR PART OF OUR COUNTRY.
    After long years of Terror RULE in North, MR ruling party and its allaince had been liberated Tamils & Musliams, has given Democartic right of freedom of ORGINIZATION FOR TNA.Is fact TNA is main political party of Tamil People,in Sri Lankan.
    Now their are free to approch and work for Tamils any part of Island.Why don’t you appriciated such progressive move of defending democary by MR political Policies?
    Dr David what you are talking of” Dictroship or Totalitarian of Corporats Varites” of regime! Are you quoated from which poltical DIARY? Please don’t misused English words which you know to interperat cover your real political motivation of SEPERATARISM.
    Of cause MR ruling party having so many mistakes, BUT NOT ONLY BY OWN PRODUCTS OF HIS POLITICS,ARE INHERATED BY MODERN INCORRIGIBLE PARTY POLICTICS OF SINCE 1948.
    AVOIDE PERSONAL ATTACK,GIVE PRIORITY POLICY MATTER ARE WECOME .
    OURS DEVELOPEING TOWARDS CAPITALIST PATH.
    THERE IS NO SINHALESE OR TAMIL OR MUSLIM CAPITALISM IN SRI LANKAN.
    Capitalism is system for one ERA OF SOCIAL DEVELOEMENT AND PROGRESESS,ITS PLAY PROGRESSIVE ROLE IN SRI LANKA IN FUTURE.
    We HAVE no any other path than capitalism time being.
    Socialism still NOT NEAR FUTURE IN SRI LANKA.

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      Sugathadasa … are you a retard or just a born bootlicker..
      Whatever your politcial and anal affiliations are you need to be more pluralistic in your comments.

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      ARE YOU RELATED TO THOSE PUTHTHALAM BOORUWOS?. [PUTTALAM DONKEYS.]

      .Why don’t you appriciated such progressive move of defending democary by MR political Policies?.”

      where did you find those words to cut and past ?.
      you idiot, sitting on your brain.

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    well said Kumar! Excellent !

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    This is a process to increase the present 20% to 30% by Basil & others

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