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If Violent Arms Groups Gain Power
Kamala Sarup

If the violent groups gain complete power, the subsequent history of this beautiful World is likely to follow the history of many other countries that adopted violence, terrorism or Arms groups for a while, only to reject them later, after their failures became obvious.

The governments of many countries have adopted violent groups. All have failed. Only some countries remain alive today and that is only because a revolutionary leader has maintained a tight security grip on the nation.

That it is a failure is amply illustrated by the large numbers of people who continuously risk life and limb to reach the U.S.A., via flimsy ocean craft.

Desperate people welcome new ideologies, so it is not surprising that the people would welcome the violent groups to power. Initially, they would fare well with land redistribution and job creation for all who apply. No starvation would exist and everyone who wants to work is able to do so. However, there the dream ends.

To become developed economically, a nation must be able to import goods and services available in developed countries, for it cannot make most of them itself. To trade, one must have something worthwhile to sell to the peoples of other countries. Tourism is insufficient.

Therefore, the government has to build an infrastructure of education, electrical power, communications, water supply and transportation. These take time and money. Where to obtain the money? From the capitalists of the developed countries. Would the capitalists supply it? Not likely in a country governed by leaders committed to an ideology of communal control of businesses.

Therefore, after some initial successes, the people would continue to be poor. Another problem with violent or arms groups like Hamas, Hezbollah or Maoism is its lack of incentive.

It has been shown time and time again in formerly violent countries, that people will not work hard when the product of their efforts are mainly to benefit others rather than themselves. They are selfish this way. However, we should know that we need the intellectual and manual efforts of people that benefit the community, not the innovator.

Capitalism is featured by selfish incentives to creative and hard working people. It is a system where selfishness benefits both the producer and the consumer, since the latter is the final arbiter of what is sold, for "the consumer is king". Since a violent group's economy lacks adequate incentives, its workers will not produce well in comparison with the capitalist economies. Furthermore, in its endeavor to have jobs for everyone, labor costs will escalate, thus making prices uncompetitive in world markets.

Therefore, the economy will not be competitive, and it will be unable to import goods and services in sufficient quantities.

The result would be that its people will continue to be poor.

Eventually, the general population would become so dissatisfied that a group of counter revolutionaries would win their support and oust the violent or Arms groups. The people would be no better off than before, except for violent groups or Arms groups functionaries who would line their own pockets before fleeing to a safer haven.

Equality and incentive are mutually incompatible. When will revolutionaries or arms groups learn that in its various forms they will never succeed?


Nepali Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup is  specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace, Anti War, Women, Terrorism,, and Development. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment (Booklet). Prevention of trafficking in women through media,(Book) Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism, Nepal, South Asia (Media research). Two Stories collections. Her interests include international conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature. Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in conflict areas in the near future. She also is experienced in organizational and community development.

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