Life is nothing but a battle for power and control. Who has the power in a marriage? The husband? He may think he does but the truth is usually different then what he thinks. A manager? Only as much as her followers allow. A manager will only be as good as her employees. If her employees perform well the manager will be viewed by executives as good. Or a government? A government’s power is derived from the will of the people.
Much of what I read is about power and action. I am convinced that servant leadership leads to the most efficient operation of a government or organization. Does this mean that a despot cannot be successful? There is enough evidence from history to the contrary, at least in the short run. The fact is though despotic success is short lived, usually ending in failure.
Mein Kampf, My Struggle, by Adolph Hitler was a series of rants describing the philosophy that captured a nation of people. It is important to keep this book in front of us, not because it is a correct way of thinking, but how its philosophy led to a creation of a Nazi government, and how its message and popularity grew deceiving nation. Churchill wrote that Mein Kamph was “the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with message.”
Does Hitler’s message still exist? Absolutely! In the northern reaches of Idaho, Norway, and Russia we are confronted with Hitler’s message of hate. A man named Butler created a haven for white supremacists in Idaho, an embarrassment to Hayden Island City leadership. Or the Nazi’s I talked to in Kaluga, Russia, such as the young man so filled with hatred against the Armenians who were invading his city. And what can we say about the nut in Norway who saw immigrants destroying his culture.
In Chile there is another battle for power, this one between free market economics and Communism. For those of you who thought that Communism had been defeated with the fall of the wall you better rethink that premise. In Chile there is a battle brewing over its free economy and central planning based in entitlement philosophy. Camila Vallejo is a 23 year old college student who is an avowed communist, but has “put the center-right government of Sebastian Pinera in a defensive crouch.”
This battle is over a philosophy of government. Vallejo visited Cuba and is attempting to bring Castro’s failed vision to Chile. She is attempting to brand it as “light and hope for Chile.” Vallejo has “tapped into the middle-class sense of entitlement,” and the college student’s desire for free education in an attempt to undermine Pinera and his free market focus.
Chile’s GDP, a measure of economic growth, has grown 6% over the last two years. This equates to an improving standard of living for the people. Pinera has the goal of making Chile a developed country by 2018. To accomplish this Pinera wants to improve the business climate in Chile by reducing the time it takes to “complete an environmental impact study, eliminating regulatory redundancies, cutting import tariffs and opening sea and air ports to foreign competition.” These actions will take place on top of current improvements that has reduced the amount of time that it takes to start a new business from 27 days to seven.
However, this will all change if the philosophy of government changes in Chile. Remember the battle for power is idealogical. If the people of Chile decide that economic improvement is not the right thing to do, then Vallejo will win. This win will result in a short term improvement, free education, but this improvement will change into long term serfdom (see Frederich Hayak), economic servitude.
And that is my thought for the day!