Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Tragic Cycle

Recent events sparked some personal interest in the country of Burma, and quick research revealed something pretty important:

Democratic rule ended in 1962 when General Ne Win led a military coup d'├ętat. He ruled for nearly 26 years and pursued policies under the rubric of the Burmese Way to Socialism. Between 1962 and 1974, Burma was ruled by a Revolutionary Council headed by the general, and almost all aspects of society (business, media, production) were nationalized or brought under government control (including the Boy Scouts).[27] In an effort to consolidate power, General Ne Win and many top generals resigned from the military and took civilian posts and, from 1974, instituted elections in a one party system. Between 1974 and 1988, Burma was effectively ruled by General Ne Win through the Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP).[28]

There seems to be a common sequence of events that occurs when socialism is enforced on a people, yet many seem to cheerlead as the same tragic cycle initiates itself again and again. Sigh.
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