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The Game

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 31/05/2008

The game theory is based on applied mathematics and simply states that one’s successful decisions are highly dependent on the choices made by those around him. A good example of the game theory is the democratic government style, where the public actively participates in certain sectors of the government’s decision-making process such as voting and petitions. In two words, “majority wins”. If a president succeeds in improving a country’s socio-economical state during his term, then it is not only him who takes credit, but also those who voted for him.

The flaw of this theory lies in one’s inability to pinpoint those who contribute to the success. There is an unknown variable consisting of those who, for instance, refused to vote. The part of the population around the successful decision-maker who had no effect whatsoever on his victory. To answer the question regarding the effectivity of this theory in a political system, one must take into consideration the different styles of government, segregate those wherein the public have a say in matters (democracy, parliamentary, communism) and those wherein they do not (dictatorship or aristocracy) and put each group under a microscope for intense observation.

The Ruling Elites

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 20/05/2008

Who rules? That is the question. The quest of who rules in the governance of the land has been a struggle for men all throughout time. Since the early age of feudalism to the very age of today, it has remained a question.
According to the instrumentalist perspective, the state is merely an instrument for the ruling elites to rule because of its inert and passive role. Thus, the ruling elites, meeting at a point of similar beliefs and interests, consider their ruling as a key to gaining profit.

According to the structuralist perspective, the state is an active state. The involvement of the rulers and the rules is essential because it determines the status of the state in relation to its mode of production.
According to Antonio Gramsci, cultural hegemony is the means to maintain order in the state through the modes of production. People struggle for the attainment of their personal goals through competition. People strive to move from one lower class to a higher class. With this, the ruling elites maintain the power of governance.

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Submission to the Dictates

Posted in Uncategorized by warycriticaleye on 05/05/2008

Social contract is a guiding principle for the people for them to achieve “harmony” in their living. Thus, in every social activity wherein man is involved, it is bound to a mechanism that keeps them together, through the social contract.

If we are going to consider Thomas Hobbes’ concept of state, the Leviathan or the body of the state is the governing institution wherein people subject all their will to this power for the sake of freedom, independence and equality. The state is governed by a sovereign that is empowered according to the Leviathan.

For John Locke, in order to achieve the state of freedom, independence and equality, the state must be governed because men are naturally brutish, short and evil.

For Jean-Jacques Rousseau, there is this concept of state of freedom, independence and equality which can only be achieved if the fourth state is considered in the scenario. This fourth state is the state of liberty. Because men by nature is short and brutish, in order for them to achieve a harmonious social relationship with his fellows, he must feel free first. For him to feel free, he must be able to ruin out his insecurities. In competitions, men must feel security. To achieve this security, men must submit to social contract.