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Understanding the Concept of Separation of Powers in Modern Governments

The key to getting insights on how modern governments work, or how modern governments are supposed to work (in an ideal situation), lies in understanding the concept of separation of powers. Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the government has three arms. The first one is the executive arm. The second arm is the legislative arm. The third arm is the judicial arm.

In an ideal situation, it is the legislative arm that should be making the laws. The members of this arm are elected by the people, to make laws on behalf of the people. It is therefore said that the laws they ultimately come up with are actually laws that are made by the people – all the people. The legislature also has an oversight role: over things like pecuniary matters where it approves or disapproves budgets.

In an ideal situation, it is the executive arm that should be implementing the laws. If the executive arm limits itself to only implementing the laws, or helping with the implementation of the laws (and judicial orders), then the nation in question starts experiencing the rule of law. It becomes a just, peaceful and prosperous nation.

In an ideal situation, it is the judicial arm that should be interpreting the laws, and applying the laws to solve disputes. The court orders issued by the judicial arm are then implemented by the legislative arm.

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Advantages of Running Governments in an Open Way

Governments can either be run in an open way, or in a closed way. Note that here we are also talking about democracies: where, even seemingly open democracies turn out to be closed with respect to the folks influencing things behind the scenes.

The first advantage of running governments in an open way is because evidence has shown that such governments that are run in an open way tend to promote justice. Conversely, where governments are run in a closed manner, the rule of the law tends to suffer, and lots of injustices occur. Actually this applies even in corporations, where we tend to see those that are run in an open way being better in terms of profitability than those that are run in a closed way. Here, we are making reference to openness pertaining to organizational cultures and such things.

The second advantage of running governments in an open way is because evidence has shown that such governments that are run in an open way tend to promote proper usage of public resources. Open governments have nothing to hide. They therefore have no motivation to use public resources to bribe cartels to keep them in power, as they normally get the power from the people directly.

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Two Fundamental Ways In Which Governments of the World are Run

The manner in which the governments of the world are run is intriguing. It emerges that there are two fundamental ways in which governments of the world are run.

The first fundamental way in which governments of the world are run is the scheme where decision-making is left to formally recognized institutions. The institutions in question here are things like the various governance commissions, the parliaments, the judiciaries and so on. The institutions then function independently or interdependently, but without external influence. The whole thing works openly: much like, say, the Gmail exchange through the Gmail.com POP3 or any other www.gmail.com for desktop protocol: whereby everything is open, with no hidden hand in operation. This is the open government model, and while it is lovely, there are people who fear that these institutions may be infiltrated by enemies, who then go ahead to ruin the countries using them.

The second fundamental way in which governments of the world are run is the scheme where decision-making is left to informal, underhand groups, otherwise known as mafias. Under these scheme, there may still be institutions, but the said institutions are subservient to the mafias, whose members are often unknown but very influential. In countries where this scheme is fully in operation, strange and inexplicable things keep on happening.

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Three Types of Professionals Who are Often Critical to the Core Functioning of Modern Governments

Certain types of professionals are often critical to the core functioning of modern governments. Note that here, we are making reference to the core functioning of the governments. For the peripheral functioning of the governments, many other types of professionals are of course necessary. But we are focusing on those at the core of the government: where the most far-reaching decisions are made.

Firstly, we have professionals who have studied strategic planning being very critical to the core functioning of modern governments. Modern governments have to undertake long-term planning, and this has to be very strategic, hence the need for these professionals.

Secondly, we have professionals who have studied economics being very critical to the core functioning of modern governments. These have to be folks who understand how things like interest rate manipulations can be done, to spur economic growth and thus create employment for the masses whilst also keeping inflation down.

Thirdly, we have professionals who have studied and mastered how the society works being critical to the core functioning of modern governments. You have to remember that modern governments don’t just deal with political issues. Being able to government effectively in today’s world means being able to control all sectors of the society, including education, entertainment and so on — and this has to be done in a covert way.

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Two Types of Strategies That Governments Can Use to Retain Their Hold On Power

The main challenge that governments all over the world face is that of retaining their hold on power. That is challenging against a background where most people hate being ruled.

One type of strategies that governments can use to retain their hold on power is that of those which can be referred to as clean strategies. This is like where governments can guarantee social justice, economic equity, the rule of law, democracy and other such things – leading to a situation where nobody has any motive for trying to get rid of them. This strategy works really well in the commercial sector, where service providers often use clean strategies to gain competitive advantage over rivals. That is, for instance, where the company behind Gmail service develops the Gmail.com advantage in terms of www.gmail.com capabilities, and then uses those to win over competitors for the online webmail segment.

The other type of strategies that governments can use to retain their hold on power is that of those which can be referred to as dirty strategies. These are things like suppressing dissent, enforcing police state regimes, using false propaganda and so on. These dirty strategies don’t, however, tend to be sustainable in the long run, because human beings are complex beings.

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Two Ways In Which Artists Help the Governments in Retaining Power

Artists are very important in governance. That is why the governments of the world are always keen on supporting them to the greatest extent possible. Here, we are making reference to the whole range of artists, from musicians to poets and onto dancers, painters, sculptors and so on. Deep reflection reveals that the artists help the governments in retaining power, and that it would be extremely difficult for the governments to rule the people without the help of the artists!

One way in which artists help governments in retaining power is to the extent that they provide distractions for the people. Thanks to these distractions, people don’t think too deeply about the realities of their lives (which would have the potential to foment revolutions).

The second way in which artists help governments in retaining power is to the extent that they help in spreading the governments’ propaganda. In other words, they help spread the messages that the ruling elites want to spread around. A good example is the message that one should ‘accept his or her fate’, or the message that some people are meant to rule over others (and that God ordained it so). This sort of propaganda helps create a pliant (non-questioning) population that is easy to rule. Spreading such propaganda through the arts is easier than, say, coming up with a decree that every person must embrace Ymail by going ahead to log onto www.ymail.com and proceeding to put up an account at Ymail.com which would then be used to disseminate government propaganda to him or her.

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