How To Fix A Corrupt Country?

I stumbled on a Quora’s question “How do you fix a corrupt country?” and so I decided to give my two cents on Quora in regards to how I think such a country could fix its problems.  Well, I will quote myself fully right after the break.  Nonetheless, you can also visit Quora for this specific answer too, but you may have to go through countless other answers that were given to this same question.

Here I quote myself:

When a country is being weakened by a weak leadership or a weak governance structure — having both would be a disaster — such a country needs to find a way to exert law and order so everyone in the country could recognize a corruptive behavior isn’t acceptable. When people are actually supportive of a measure against such corruptive behavior, the government could slowly gather strength through the recruitment of a strong leadership to carry out the enforcement of rules and regulations to curb the corruptions.

I think many forms of corruption could be very subtle too, and so corruptive agents could actually thrive in almost all governments — doesn’t matter what form a regime is actually practicing. For example, a democratic country is relatively poor, and so such a country will not be able to have strong leadership even though it got a democracy. Without a strong leadership, things tend to slip in and out between cracks, and so the corruptive agents could easily use such opportunity to do corruptive things out in the open.

In a dictatorship regime, corruptive agents in the position of power would be unchallenged since there won’t be enough checks and balances to curb such power. If a dictatorship regime got a weak leadership, the country could experience widespread corruptions that go unchecked. A good thing about the dictatorship regime is that if a country got a strong leader who actually cares for the people, such a leader could use the absolute power to weed out the corruptions really fast and effective. Basically, there are pros and cons to a different form of governance and style of a particular government.

I think to fix a corruptive country, the most important things are to find the right leadership and enhance or rebuild a governance structure so the country could thrive on rules and order. As long the rules and order are making sense and the people could feel safe, then other good things may come eventually. For example, a strong economy is a must for a leader to keep the people happy and healthy. When people are happy and healthy, they tend to do the right things and be supportive of the government. With strong support from the people, the government could exert enforcement to weed out corruptions without much of any opposition. Heck, when a government is being loved by the people, the government could take a lot more risks to achieve its aspirations.

I’m curious anyone else thinks this is the right approach to fixing a corrupt country?  Please leave a comment or two in the comment section if you agree or disagree with my suggestion.  Thanks.

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Will China Force The World To Trade In Yuan?

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad thinks that the richer the Chinese get, they will not accept the domination of the Dollar.  He thinks that China may force the world to trade in Yuan.  This is certainly a scary thing for the United States!

If China could force the world to trade in Yuan, people like me who are living in the United States would have to face many scary outcomes of a much weaker Dollar.  Just imagine if the world decides to drop the U.S. Dollar as the reserve currency, the United States then has to worry about the balance of trade even more than ever before.

A country in some ways is not that different than a normal household.  Besides getting loans, what you make is what you have got to spend.  Nonetheless, a normal household got bills to pay, and so what you make is what you have got to save somehow.  Without enough saving, you don’t have enough money to spend.  Living beyond one’s means will get one into huge debts.

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad hints that if China forces the world to abandon Dollar for Yuan, the United States won’t have enough gold and whatever to pay back debts and could declare bankruptcy overnight.  I’m an American and so I don’t want to see something like this to occur, but we’re not Chinese and so we can’t really know what the Chinese would do when they get even richer.

Check out the video right after the break to see Dr. Mahathir Mohamad — current Malaysia’s prime minister — speaks on how the Chinese may drop the Dollar in the near future and force the world to trade in Yuan.

Could The Yuan’s Sliding Allow China To Unload Treasury Bonds?

I’m just wondering!  Lately, the headlines are screaming that China is devaluing the Yuan to help cushion the blow of Trump’s tariff on China’s exports to the United States.  Although this is a legitimate concern that the headlines raise, I’m wondering if there is another hidden motive for the Yuan to slide.

Could it be that the Chinese government is letting the Yuan slides so the treasury bonds that the Chinese own which Americans are in debt to China could stay valuable?  This way China can begin to sell the treasury bonds while the treasury bonds are still valuable.  Once China unloads enough of the treasury bonds onto the market, whatever value China receives from such transaction could then be converted to other favorable assets, investments, and currencies.

Of course, China could always convert the selling of treasury bonds into Yuan and then raise the Yuan’s buying power back up to stave inflation — but then it could begin a deflation.  How?  Well, if too many Yuans that are chasing the same thing could raise the price of whatever, but when the buying power of Yuans get push up the Chinese government then could lend out these Yuans to other countries and International projects such as Belt and Road Initiative projects to stave inflation.  A more powerful Yuan could also allow the Chinese to get more bang for the buck whenever they use the Yuans to acquire whatever.  Thus they also have to be careful about the deflation.

I’m no economist and so I could be wrong on what I’m suggesting.  Nonetheless, I would love to hear other people’s opinions on the suggestion that I’m suggesting.  Am I wrong?  Am I even close?

Why China Doesn’t Care About Bad Economy Leads To Color Revolution!

Some China watchers suggest that when China’s economy is going south to the sour, Chinese government would flame the nationalism to shift the blame outward.  Personally, I think it’s wrong to think like that!  I think China is a one-party system government with a lot of policies that are in place to prevent color revolution or any sort of revolution from happening, and so China doesn’t need to point outward to shift the blame of bad economy at home.

Furthermore, China had been there when the former revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, founder of today’s China and the Chinese Communist Party, prescribed the wrong policy “Great Leap Forward” in which famine raped the country to the point of almost no return.  Yet Chinese didn’t demand the Communist party to step down.  Of course, there was the Tiananmen Square revolution, but that didn’t really destroy the Communist Party even though at the time China was still super poor.

Today, China is prosperous and strong, and so I doubt there would be a revolution even if the Chinese economy takes a huge hit to the chin.  I think the Chinese government knows this, and so they probably would not take any action to flame the nationalism unnecessarily as such a flame would be easy to stoke but very hard to put down.

Nonetheless, I think the Chinese government may want to economically restrain potential rivals and enemies from conducting businesses inside China, thus the bad foreigner’s case could come up from time to time to create difficulties for the non-Chinese companies.  I think that is as much as the Chinese government may want to stoke the flame of nationalism.

So, when the outsiders think of utilizing strategies that depend on the outlook of how China would behave nationalistic when the economy goes south could produce little to no effect.  Perhaps, this may irritate the Chinese government enough in which the Chinese government may put up countermeasures that may have undesirable effects in diplomatic and economic relations.  For an example, China may want to make it a lot harder for non-governmental organizations that support or belong to a foreign entity from operating within China.

Inescapable World – Ticking Time Bomb Of Uncertanties

In chess, there are circumstances that you could force your enemy into a position of no escape, and of course, if the enemy seizes the opportunity first then you would be the one who could not escape the trap.  It could be your king which is the most important piece on the board to be forced into a position of retreating into a trap and cannot escape.  I think it’s the same for bigger picture as in a national circumstance.

When a country got too many friends to please, too many problems to be solved, too many places to keep the peace, then it’s a lot harder for such a country to be able to be nimble and flexible.  Without nimbleness and flexibility, stiffness could creep in and force a country into many weird positions that are unfavorable.  Too many unfavorable positions could push such a country into a subtle death trap which eventually envelopes into the inescapable trap!

Then again we could also argue that when a nation is a hermit, it’s easier for others to gang up on such a nation.  In today world, when there are so many powers that aspire to be more than what they’re yesterday, I think it’s a ticking timebomb of uncertainties.  Like if you do you’re damned and if you don’t you’re damned still.

For an example, let’s say a fictitious country named Carol is making a lot of friends, and she knows that she hates Bob, the hermit, a lot.  Bob though, he would love to inflict real damage on Carol, but he doesn’t have any friend to help him out in doing such a thing against Carol.  Friends of Carol got a friend who is the only reluctant, casual friend of Bob, and they know this friend, for some strange reasons, doesn’t want Carol and Bob to have any confrontation.  Let’s say Bob tried to tickle Carol in the most grotesque way, and Carol went on a rampage against Bob.  Friends of Carol suddenly didn’t want to have anything to do with the whole madness, because Bob got a friend that prevented others from involving with Carol and Bob.  But then this Bob’s mysterious friend suddenly teamed up with Bob to take Carol down.  Now, Carol’s friends got a problem, because they don’t know if they should side with Carol or Bob’s mysterious friend!

Let’s say Carol and Bob both thought that they would be able to outsmart the other, but perhaps one of them didn’t know that a string of scenarios that came before and after their ugly feud could turn one of them into a mouse that got trapped in a rat trap.  The inescapable trap is definitely easier to imagine for today’s geopolitical matter I think!  Why?  Too many countries got their own ambitions to worry about, and so they are making friends and enemies left and right all the time.  Just take a look at Syria and various parts of the Middle East and we could see that sometimes we couldn’t know who is a friend and who is an enemy anymore — of course, it’s also depending on which side you’re on too!

Sometimes though, I think sitting pretty and only making move when it’s prudent and safe would keep a nation safe for a long time to come in a world like ours today!  Why?  The one who sits out the longest would be the victorious one in the end!  I think it’s smart to save up energy and resources — while making gains in both energy and resources when you’re in a favorable position — for the right time!  Of course, if you’re being forced into an unfavorable position, then sitting out may not be possible in the end.  That would be unfortunate for sure.

Predictions of A Near Future: A More Connected World, Less Racist, And More Prosperous

As countries around the world are trying harder to modernize and become more prosperous, the modernity will no longer be something the developed countries can keep secret.  As developing countries get wealthier, the more money these countries got to expand operations of all sorts.  Thus, the demands for a more connected world will become even more urgent.  I think any country which decides to shut-out the world as we’re moving into the future would become a perfect case study of how not understanding the real trend which could lead to a disaster on a national scale.

So, I mentioned that the urgency for a more connected world is very real, but why is it the case?

For an example, China is growing ever stronger and bigger, and historically no other country could achieve China’s scale of rapid growth in term of economic prowess in a short duration in history.  Furthermore, China can no longer depend only on a few big countries to supply Chinese economic thirst, and so China is planning to expand economic operations across the world through Belt Road initiative, going abroad strategy, building up Africa while extracting African minerals, and so forth.  Only through opening China’s economic doors wider, the Chinese could make their economy more resilient.

To achieve of opening up economic doors for more connectivity from outside-in and inside-out, the Chinese government is probably going to encourage the world to be even more connected.  In this way, the flow of money can fuel and keep the Chinese economy growing.  As the world is ever more connected and as long the Chinese production prowess is humming along strongly, China can export goods without slowing down too much.  As the Chinese people are getting wealthier, they are going to splurge their wealth abroad and at home, further fueling the flow of money within the connected world.

I think China understands that by helping developing poor neighbors and farther away countries, China can grow friends, respect, and business opportunities.  Wealthy friends can always have real money to splurge on your goods.  This will keep China’s export market strong.  Besides exporting goods, China is modernizing other branches such as technology, science, military, culture and so forth to keep China strong and China’s economy healthy.

Somewhat long, but China is one of a very good case to explain why the world is still going to be very connected, and this will probably be the case for a foreseeable future.  Not only China, but other developing countries are racing ahead to develop one’s own country, and so our future is all about being more connected to create more opportunities and more of sharing experiences for learning and advancing and innovating.

In such a world, supremacy is going to be a very hard thing to achieve.  It will be a much more competitive world.  Thus I predict that our future will be either very competitive or very lazy — because automation will out-compete humans, but this is another story within the whole mix all together.

I think we will continue to see big, powerful countries such as China, United States, Russia, and so forth dictate terms to the world in our competitive, hard to achieve supremacy future.  Nonetheless, these powerful countries won’t be able to supremely dictate terms in an ultimatum manner easily as we’re moving forward into the future.  More countries are going to be more prosperous, and so their demands and ambitions will grow too.  These countries won’t easily be swayed by supreme might, and these countries can try to play nice with China and Russia to fend off the United States’ aggressiveness or vice versa.

In a more connected world, I think it’s supremely stupid for any single entity to try to declare something as we’re supreme!  I predict China won’t announce to the world that they’re the baddest and strongest, but instead we will see a China which will use actions to demonstrate power while silently signaling that they’re the baddest and strongest.  So, in a way, I think China will try to achieve supreme without becoming a Hitler.  Thus, China will try to win more friends instead of invading them.

If you have heard something about the Chinese history, then you probably have heard of a tributary system that sometimes worked rather well for the ancient Chinese dynasties.  This tributary system might make a comeback.  Because, if the modern China becomes the baddest of us all, China might just as well modernize some of the features within a tributary system to achieve the Chinese futuristic ambitions.  I think the Chinese love to look back into what worked well within the Chinese, and non-Chinese histories to guide their ways toward the unknown future.  Thus, I don’t think China will repeat Hitler’s mistakes.

Through Belt Road Initiative, China will build more friends and grow a modern tributary system in the long run.  I don’t think the soon to be baddest China will declare supremacy but will try to encourage a more connected world to respect a stronger China.  A more connected world means any entity which tries to declare supremacy and go solo will face a very strong headwind.  Also, any entity which tries to look inward and ignore the connected world all together will face backwardness and isolation.

In a very connected world, the rest will rise, and any single entity which tries to use racism as a fuel for strength will face the utter destruction.  By this I mean a connected world will have a near zero tolerance for racism.  So, I think as the world gets ever more connected, whatever movement that promotes racism will become the next Hitler and will face a certain doom.  In a more connected world, racism will become the ideal of the cavemen.

I could be wrong about everything because in Hitler time the world had gotten to be quite connected and yet Hitler was able to use supreme ideology to recruit believers and enlarge his army.  If I’m not wrong Hitler believed in a pure race (i.e., his race), and he encouraged his army to eradicate Jewish people/faith.  In Hitler time, people got cars, radios, television, cruises, airplanes, telephones, and other modernities.  Thus, Hitler’s time was also a very connected world.  Still, as I mentioned previously, Hitler was able to promote racism and genocidal practices.

Basically, the future is very unpredictable, but I like to believe in facts.  The facts tell me that the second Hitler won’t have an easier time than the first to go to promote and achieve supremacy.  The facts tell me that racism would be an unwise thing to be promoted in the future.  Whoever practices racism will find only doom in the future!  Facts tell me that not everyone will be the winner of a future, but many will become ever more prosperous, that is if we know how to not let automation/AI ruins us all and use automation/AI as only the tool and not as our master.