Can a lone ranger run a government? – Dr Wong Chin Huat

OUTSPOKEN: This is almost a question of political theory but we can approach it like a sport question: is team spirit needed for victory?

That really depends on what sport you play.

Boxing vs Football

For football, the epic 7-1 victory of a solid German team over a bunch of Brazilian football stars in the recent World Cup semi-finals is the best case in point. But if you play badminton singles, what team spirit do you really need? You don’t have a team mate to start with.

But even individual sports rely on team, just that we don’t see it. Consider boxing. We only see two boxers fighting in the ring, but behind them there is a substantial support team: trainer, promoter, manager, cutman, second.

Then, the question can be perhaps more accurately rephrased: can the lead player dominate the team?

For our example of boxing, the answer is clearly yes. People pay to see him fight. To analogously put in political terminology, he enjoys a direct and personal “mandate” from his fans. He can therefore choose the members of his supporting team. He can pick anyone for and sack anyone from the team. The team is his. Period.

This is clearly not the case for football. Football is played between teams, who represent clubs or nations. A football captain does not own a football team. He merely leads it. No matter how much fans may like a football star, their “mandate” is invested collectively in the club or the nation, and only indirectly in the players. No one – not even the captain – can claim a permanent role in the field no matter how much he is well-liked by the fans.

This comes down to the logic of the game. Football is a team game and needs ideally 11 players, not one. No matter how great a football star is, he does not make a team in himself. Hence, he cannot dominate his team at whim. He can only lead them as a team.

Presidentialism vs Parliamentarianism

Now coming back to politics, are there different types of government that are as different as boxing and football? You bet.

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One thought on “Can a lone ranger run a government? – Dr Wong Chin Huat

  1. I will say one more time, may be it is time to pretend to ask or talk of peace, just let them go all out and fight the war with everything they have. Just remember Israel fought and won the entire Israel in seven days and there was no more constant rocket or missiles firing for a long time. Like wise just see what is happening to day more than a thousand people die as a result of this ‘war’ Hamas will fire a rocket that will get Israel to fire may or may be more. When will this bloody shamble will come to an end ?
    One thing for sure, more civilians will be the victims of this endless rocket firing, just go all out and may be a victor, regardless of who it may be, will come out of all this and best of all peace will return. Malaysia must be grateful to the Israeli for trying to eliminate off the shite muslim Hamas for Malaysia. After all I am surprise that Malaysia, especially all the sunni muslim hypocrites herein are saying nothing about the whole thing. Instead this repugnant Mahathir is condemning the Israel and all the actions they have taken against the shite muslims, the Hamas. When back in Malaysia the shite muslims are being not only outlawed but also persecuted worse than criminals in every way. Yet nothing is said about these by anyone, one can only assume that all the Malaysians, especially the Umno schmucks sunni muslims are very happy about what the Israel is doing what they can do. Just a reminder Hamas represents the shite muslims and they are the enemy of the sunni muslims in Putrajaya !

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