Friday, September 26, 2008

CREATIVE DESTRUCTION - UMNO MAY BE DESTROYED OR SAVED

I would like to borrow the term “creative destruction” from a great economist Joseph Schumpeter, who argues that for the economy to be healthy in the long term, it needs cycles of “destruction”, whereby new technologies “destroy” older and obsolete ones; more efficient methods “obliterate” lesser efficient ways, and so on. On the same basis of argument, he also argues that the same thing should also be true to the politic process of any nation. After a group of ruling elites that dominates and hold power in a nation for a prolonged period of time, then there will come a time that they will be “destroyed” by new political forces that will replace them; and new sets of people and systems will dominates the arena for years to come. Such things happen not because of coincidence, but rather it is a healthy and necessary part of the life cycle. This is exactly what is happening in the Nature: forest fires engulf a whole section of forest, only to allow a new set of saplings that eventually grow and becoming a forest again.

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