THE idealistic view of any political empire found anywhere in the world bogs down to two words: Brinkmanship and annihilation.
Empires rise and fall depending on timely conditions.
The ringleader of an empire or regime can be so supreme as to manipulate every system and bend and twist all applicable laws, but he or she cannot twist time.
Look at the world well before 1914 when there were hegemonic political empires across the continents – Rome, Britain, Ottoman, Habsburg, and the late 20th Century rogue states in the Arabic world led by tyrants like Muammar Gaddafi, of Libya, Saddam Hussein, of Iraq, and Osama bin Laden who led the al Qaeda terrorist group.
Where are they?
A corrupt political regime or empire resembling a nightmarish ethos, becomes powerful today and vanishes tomorrow.
Papua New Guinea is a young democratic country, however, it is spearheaded by a mini-type dictatorial regime which embarks on a corrupt journey to future brinkmanship.
Based on the Global Corruption Index, which was published on January 30, Papua New Guinea is ranked 138th out of 180 countries, with the best at No.1 and the worst at No.180.
PNG is, as shown by the index, one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
Is PNG succumbing to extreme corruption because of lack of resources, bloody intra-state warfare or what?
If PNG is full of resources, then we can only say that corruption is the result of poor management of the national economy by a few oligarchy blocs.
The problem lies with political leadership – and only time will tell.
This nation is yet to have the kind of leadership that inspires and can be a catalyst for the kind of change that can reduce the national debt and improve PNG’s standing in the Global Corruption Index.
Don’t ever think that our country is floating on calm seas.
The current political climate will definitely suffer our generation and therefore we must be prepared at all times to face future catastrophes because of the mismanagement the national economy.
Many economic indicators are telling us about the state of our country – the continual devaluation of the kina against other major currencies, inflation rate is unmanageable and likely heading towards hyperinflation,
the national debt level keeps on rising and our educated elites are jobless.
Such a chaotic scenario is a recipe for a gloomy future.
Max M Wapi