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Something for everyone

Posted in democracy, elections, left, politics by jrahman on April 25, 2015

Voters of Dhaka and Chittagong are supposed to exercise their democratic right on 28 April.  These elections are hardly going to change the political status quo that is Mrs Wajed’s one-person rule over Bangladesh.  And yet, there is something for everyone in these elections.

In Dhaka North — where yours truly spent a part of his life — there really is a choice.  Towards the end of this post, you will find the preference of this blog.

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Socialism in Bangladesh

Posted in left, politics by jrahman on July 4, 2012

Defined as “nationalisation of the means of production and central planning of production”, socialism has failed conclusively and has no political future anywhere.  If the 20th century economic history didn’t make that clear, the failure of such a platform to gather pace even after the ongoing global recession should do so.  However, defined as “redistribution of wealth  or economic power”, socialism could have a political future in Bangladesh. 

Redistributive politics usually needs a homogenous population.  A diverse population means anti-redistributive factions can play off the poor against each other.  If not sure what that means, look at the voting records of poor, redneck Americans, and then look at the relatively homogenous Scandinavian countries.  Bangladesh is, of course, one of the most homogenous countries in the world. 

In addition to homogeneity, for their to be redistribution, there has to be sufficient inequality to begin with.  The rich has to be sufficiently wealthy for the state to tax.  Bangladesh isn’t particularly unequal.  Is there a constituency for soaking the rich?

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