Only Ourselves Says An Albanian
How could their academic brains surrender to the impetuous nature of hope? This bothersome question should now confront all those political scientists who courageously defined post-dictatorial countries as ‘transitional democracies’. They believed that after the dissolution of communism, countries would emerge from the difficulties of their past with a smile and slowly embrace democracy. Then kiss it. And then become it.
After all, “history had ended,” thus there was no chance of any surprises. Conversely, judging the other side of the coin, it was because “history had ended” that it would also fail to evolve. The fall of communism found most countries unable to give shape to a healthy political environment that would ensure a foundation built on the separation of powers and respect for differences. The majority of these countries became confined inside the new leaders’ mania for omnipotence and remained therefore infected with the same old patterns of state-building.
This return to the basics was also faced by Albania during the ’90s. The leader-imposed philosophy of ‘either with me or against me’ flourished in every vein of the political system. Those uncanny rebels who dared to act in any other way were threatened, beaten, or worse. Fred Abraham in his book ‘Modern Albania’ wittily captures the whole panorama in a single sentence: “At the time, Albania was not governed, but ruled”.
Such absence of political freedom deprived transition of its short-termed nature, prolonging it instead. The political apparatus remains therefore a severe hierarchical system that obliterates openness to oppress originality. This setting allows the incumbent to load the political system with leveraged people whose only merit lies in their devoutness to reward the leader’s belief by doing anything asked of. Thus, the leader-imposed philosophy for governmental affairs has now become: “Those of you who follow me, I give my heart. For those of you who don’t follow me, I give the law.” A mere aesthetic progress, which leaves unchanged the substance of Albanian politics: An everlasting fetish for God-like control.
Democracy was built on the paradigm that pluralism of thought assures quality in decision-making processes. […]
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