Struggle Against Dictatorship -Ahmed Necip YILDIRIM
Struggle Against Dictatorship -Ahmed Necip YILDIRIM


Dictatorship does not always require a dictator. It is a spirit. It might be embodied in an individual or a group of (privileged) people. There are so many countries in the world ruled by dictators who are not even alive.

Dictatorship is a jealous and patronizing “mindset” which has no tolerance. It is jealous of power that enables control over the “others”. This mindset is conservative as long as all of the resources are under his patronage. This mindset will never accept any change in status quo. It becomes extremely retrogressive once the privileges providing sense of superiority starts fading away.

Democracy, rule of law and citizenship based on equality are all regarded as nothing but a myth by this mindset.

Change is inevitable in contemporary world of globalized communication: Democracy, transparency and rule of law have to be institutionalized. Will of the people has to be gradually consolidated in the political system. All sorts of guardianship must be ousted from the public life. If such steps will be taken in any given society, there will be enormous change and advancement in social, economic and political life.

Change has always faced resistance.

People who are trying to conserve the present or implicitly longing for the past are those who have had privileged position in social, economic and political life. Equality will annoy them. They are alien to justice and development. They will retrogressively dream for the old order.

This is what is happening today, in most of the countries.

Supporters of dictatorship always strive to stride into the past. Restoring the old order where a small group will have a superior status in the country. Ironically, all such claims are pronounced within the democratic formalism. Tragically, the would-be democratic standard bearers applaud this drama.

Is there anyone in the world who is not aware of the fact that this mindset controlled (military) power, economy, politics and all natural resources for a long term? That the majority was deprived of all rights and no democracy was bestowed upon them.

Today, democracy is ignored, just because there is a risk of power moving from the privileged to the people. Will of the majority is neglected, because they do not share ideology of a certain “mindset”.

It seems that struggle for democracy in the world will not be over until the moment when there will be no mindset controlling the political system at the expense of “others”, who do not belong to this mindset.

Such mindset spread such fear: What if the democracy brings about a result that you don’t like? Or what if the free will of the people turns into an ostensibly nondemocratic end?

The administrative, government and ruling apparatus of the state must be immune from any specific ideology or mindset. Any group or any party coming into the power should be running the apparatus in the name of all. Democratic institutions should not be vulnerable or open to the occupation of any certain ideology (mindset) shared by a small group.

Is “democracy” an instrument in the hands of some global actors who use it as an excuse for interfering into the internal affairs of nations across the globe? Is there a “global will” that has to be consulted (that we need the get the consent) in order to have a role in the fate of our own people? Are we to admit that there are rules that are not possible to be changed? Do we have to adapt ourselves to some invisible conditions and rules of a global game?

Is not devotion to the (liberal) democratic values enough for having a say on the political fate of our people?

It is our primary duty to work for consolidation of democratic institutions that have necessary mechanisms for self-protection. Democratic system must be above all parties, sects, ideologies and groups.