Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The Birth of Sg's First Political Blog

I Xeno Boy will go where no one has ever gone before. I hereby announce the birth of Singapore's first Political Blog. I will give my awesome rants on Singapore politics. I will give the truth as I see it. Before I begin, I am studying political science, of course, in the UK. Yes, I have fucking spoken at Hyde Park before ... For all the political watchers in Singapore lemme state my basic assumptions in all posts :

First Rule : The PAP SUCKS

Second Rule : The Opposition needs to FUCKING ARISE

Whaddya think of my awesome rants?

To begin proper, Singapore is a Corporation or what is better known as Singapore Inc, a term coined by a co-opted Singapore political scientist, Chan Heng Chee. She had brains but she became sucked into the PAP system and is now a technocrat like all others. Nullified.

The problem with Singapore politics is epitomised by the definitional conundrum of the very word democracy itself. By all accounts, the lee-thal PAP has conducted social engineering par excellence in creating a system of government that is by all accounts a "functional" democracy. On paper, it makes the grade for a democracy. BUT the word democracy has its problems of definition, Singapore through the PAP has latched onto a problematic definition of democracy and stuck to it conveniently. It does not help that the dumb Yankees themselves have no notion of democracy but yet trumpet it like a coherent ideology to enlighten the fucking world.

But in Singapore there is no democracy. Why? Because there is no people in it. People in the sense of political people. A polity. There are economic people and people tied up with Government Housing Loans in Singapore. The people are tranquilized against thought and action from a political viewpoint. In the word democracy, "demo(s)" = people is a fundamental tenet of the concept. This is lost in Singapore. The recovery must begin with this. To recover the "people", recover their political selves, recover themselves as a full people and not just economic people. The demos must awaken so that it can control the "cracy". The "cracy" is over-represented in Singapore. The PAP is "cracy" only and power cracy to boot.

As the first step, "Demos" must be recovered so that the full sense of "democracy" can gain its signification. Because Demos comes before cracy. People first. We can than rein in the government. How to do this? This will be my next post.

All politicians in Singapore, come and listen to Xeno Boy. For I come as Political Savant. Suggest and comment, but I will fuck you back. I am Xeno Boy. I bring to birth Singapore's First Political Blog.

Xeno Boy

Quote of the Day from Walter Benjamin

This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward.

--Walter Benjamin, "Theses on the Philosophy of History, IX"
http://www.tasc.ac.uk/depart/media/staff/ls/WBenjamin/Angelus.html

11 Comments:

Blogger The Legal Janitor said...

enough of the self-aggrandizement already. You are not the first. You are just a mote in the stream that has been flowing all this while.

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democracy may have diff words to describe it, but the spirit is unoversally understood - the masses will decide and determine their own fate and future, not by some individual twits.

American democracy did work from 1779 till date and not a single mortal president was able to do what he pleases, by virtue of the system checks built into their constitution by their forefathers. They had taken care of human failings by effectively creating avenues for their removal. Not so in a dictatorship, and that's why autocracy can be very destructive as their powers cannot be checked.

Quite intelligent boy you are. Cheers!

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your language is a bit too convoluted for the layman. If you write in simpler English, I think your message will be more effective. E.g. "what exactly are you arguing for" - this should be made clear(er). Otherwise, a normal person may be left wondering whether you are trying to sound spiritual or cool or something. :) You can read Bertrand Russell's works; he writes very clearly.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't be shameless, you are way way way far away from being the first. I think Singaporeans still generally appreciate some modesty.

5:47 PM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

shamelessness and the idea of modesty you imply are and should not be universal.

I state my claims without the shackle of shame and modesty.

Free yourself and the rest will follow.

10:42 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

Bertrand Russell writes clearly. But I am not him.

Try Derrida since we are trading names here, he is pretty clear to me.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try Axel Honneth

10:09 PM  
Blogger enthymeme ∙ said...

Haha you half-funny fuck. You sure as hell aren't the first. Less high faluting philosophical posturing and more substantive posts plz

6:32 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

To enthymeme "anti-meme" :

I will strive to be a fully funny fuck. I am the first to proclaim so.

Enough of the high flung wistfulness, Singapore politics will not revive with imagery of nostalgic wistful loss. It revives from darkness with darkness.

You will be a lawyer. Try to catch the Tartar.

2:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come back, xenoboy. come back pls.

cavalierio

2:54 PM  
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