I always seem to find quotes from science fiction that seem to apply fully to our situation at home. I have been reading the Dune Chronicles recently and have found the quality of political intrigue second to none (not even to the various sandiwara at home). The politicians can learn a lot of political strategy from Frank Herbert’s writings.
A large populace held in check by a small but powerful force is quite a common situation in our universe. And we know the major conditions wherein this large populace may turn upon its keepers:
- When they find a leader. This is the most volatile threat to the powerful; they must retain control of leaders.
- When the populace recognises its chains. Keep the populace blind and unquestioning.
- When the populace perceives a hope of escape from bondage. They must never even believe that escape is possible!
— Children of Dune.
That sounds very much like a script for our problem. In Malaysia, people are beginning to wake up to its chains thanks largely to the proliferation of the Internet. Also, the opposition governments are beginning to show themselves as a credible alternative. Now, all that we need is a good leader and there will be no turning back as the powerful minority crumbles from within.