Sunday, September 26, 2004

Political Strategies of Gen X for Singapore

I am Xeno Boy, I am the Political Savant. Hearken me.

In Singapore, there is a political divide. The older generations have been over-tranquilized by the economic doling of the ruling regime. Muscles which have not been used for long, will atrophy. The political will and muscles of the 35 plus generation in Singapore has been whittled into dead cells. There is little hope in that age-group except throw up some little sparks like the young guns of WP, Steve Chia of NSP. The SDP faces a renewal crisis, there is no young gun there now.

The next storm of Singaporeans have yet to be fully tranquilized by the PAP. We thank technology and we thank the globalisation which the new technologies bring into our lives. The click of the mouse, the sending of an SMS. These acts traverse and overcome the boundaries of political awareness instilled by the PAP. Any hope for a political renaissance in Singapore lies in this Gen X. For they see and they will know more than their fathers and challenge the news feeds of the state's ideological apparatuses.

The Opposition. Listem to me well. There are new political strategies and new collusions which are made for the 21st century. the new politics rely on the notion of Network Politics which is horizontal rather than hierarchical-based. The technologies of mass communication creates this flattening effect on politics. Yes, you as the consumnate politician still has to make your rounds whenever you can to toucg base with the 35 plus voters. But with the Gen X which will become the majority into the future, 3G, Instant Messaging, Real Player, ICQ is your apps for political manipulation. The PAP wired Singapore up. Make use of the wires.

Tap foreign expertise on mobilising the political masses using the technologies of today. Learn how to be suave, how to be political. Each app, each software, each gadget is political neutral. Politicise them. Touch the Gen X. We will see the effects into the future of Singapore.

I am Xeno Boy. I speak politics as I feel it. as I see it. I am awake. Are you?

Quote of the Day, Michel Foucault,

Is it surprising that the cellular prison, with its regular chronologies, forced labour, its authorities of surveillance and registration, its experts in normality, who continue and multiply the functions of the judge, should have become the modern instrument of penality? Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons? -- Panopticism, The Birth of the Prison

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Opp in Sg should take a mandatory course on modern mass media and communications. Selling newspapers in a hawker center or in the MRT tunnel is taking away business from the blind guy and the ah pek selling government shit paper. There is this thing known as the Net yar?

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Internet Politics: Surveillance and Intimidation in Singapore by Gomez, James
About This Book

Former student activist and opposition politician wannabe James Gomez gives his views on the workings of politics, surveillance and Internet control in Singapore. According to him, net savvy Singaporeans employ superior techniques and counter-surveillance strategies to outsmart the authorities policing cyberspace usage. In the information age, those who spy and intimidate on behalf of the government run the risk of being exposed on the Internet. This makes politics on the Web an interactive experience.

http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/titles/32584.htm

8:46 PM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

Have read the book. Gomez is a trendsetter but where is he now? let me recommend HIM this article and the slew of methodologies behind the concept of rhizomatic warfare :

http://www.infoshop.org/texts/bottom_up_wray.html

10:37 AM  
Blogger Vox Leo said...

Dear Xeno Boy, i think the accusations that can be levelled against the SDP is that they play too much to a foreign audience.

Dr Chee and his gang tend to travel alot more and go about seeking support from foreign left wing parties. He basically panders to the foreign press and dances for the peanut gallery.

In my opinion I think the Workers' Party does a better job of holding down the local scene and really trying to get things done. They don't necessarily pander to any foreign press and they don't go out often. I also see them more often than I see SDP folk, which leads me to the conclusion that the SDP may only be as useful as a minor party sniping at the edges. It has not proved to me that it can become a government, like the WP. Somewhat like the Liberal Democrats in the old days before the Tories started sucking like hell.

That said I think the National Solidarity Party can recover from its leader's failings and move on up the scale of importance in Singapore's Opposition scene. They are possibly the most hard working, most motivated party i've ever seen in Singapore. They do walkabouts even in non-election years. They're building a solid foundation for becoming a good party.

The SDP has failed in my opinion and learning from the best elsewhere does little if not properly applied. I can learn from the best teachers, but if I don't act on what I learn, I'm as good as toast. Furthermore the Swedes have a longer tradition of democracy, what we don't need is some ultra-left party in Singapore urging for full democracy at once. Too unbalancing. I subscribe to the slow and steady approach of moving towards freedom.

I'm not a revolutionary, but a reformer.

10:09 AM  
Blogger xenoboysg said...

Vox

I agree with your comments generally.

What I see is the failure of the current crop of Opposition especially Chee and SDP is their inability to grasp the Long Term. They conduct guerilla warfare without strategic political sense. Sniping causes momentary annoyance. Its a form of politics workable with two or more equal contestants.

The politics to break a prepoderant power requires different strategies which have to be Machiavellian in nature.

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