Culture of Dialogue vs Culture of MAD Politics

However, the two poles have come up with this new trend to maximize interests for Cambodian people but it doesn’t translate that each party has no hidden agenda to gain their own advantages.

For the CNRP, their advantages are to instill new paradigm of political pragmatism of democracy and sustainable development, but for the CPP is possibly to gear up split between the soft-liners and hard-liners among those CNRP’s supporters. The overwhelming supporters of the CNRP or those of more than half of the Cambodian population is a tasteful piece of cake but right now someone is trying to cut this one piece into several pieces or at least two pieces before the swallow into their throat.

On the other hand, Sam Rainsy has been regarded as the hero of the nation as he has always stood up to protest the hegemony and borderline trespassing of Vietnamese over Cambodia territory land, so his new approach to Culture of Dialogue has likely encouraged CPP’s politburo to do something to reduce his heroism and nationalism at the moment.

Lately, the development of “culture of dialogue” of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has outreached to seven points of detente. Previously, each party issued guidance letter to their activists and grassroots levels. But this detente code of conduct for the two parties “Culture of Dialogue” might not be the last, or the beginning.

The Culture of Dialogue

Culture of Dialogue 8 As previously written, “Culture of Dialogue” is not new in the context of daily use for common communication. Humankind has communicated with each other at least since the birth of human social establishment. But when this term has developed and evolved itself into more professional level, the Culture of Dialogue ideally means a norm or guidance of a shared exploration towards greater understanding, connection and possibility.

The dialogue consists of formal and informal. The following is considered formal dialogue of democracy:

  • public talk about social issues
    • in communities (in homes, temples, cafes, schools),
    • in the media (through journalism and some art, entertainment and advertising) and
    • in academia (where experts generate knowledge and debate ideas via researches)
  • governmental deliberations about social issues
    • in legislatures
    • in executive bureaucracies and
    • in the judicial system
  • Proxy discussion about social issues is the extent of political myth to develop democracy.
    • in art and fiction (including novels, TV, movies, drama, etc.)
    • in expressive forums (talk shows, letters to the editor, broadcast town meetings) in which ordinary people speak their minds on public issues and
    • in facilitated dialogue among “representatives” of stakeholders or the general public, such as the citizen consensus councils used in Denmark, Canada and elsewhere.
  • Political Debate is popularly practiced in democratic countries such as the United States, UK, Canada and elsewhere. In Canada, the debates among key political party leaders are included in federal, provincial and municipal (see this link as example of provincial election or local government for this 2015). In the UK, this 2015 national election has run through hot debate among those key political party leaders (see this link as for your example).

The Culture of MAD Politics

Culture of Dialogue 9MAD is derived from “Mutually assured destruction, or mutual assured destruction” which has been likely extensively used by the military policy during the cold war and post-cold war. It has been theorized that a full-scale use of high-yielded weapons of mass destruction by two or more opposing rivals that would cause complete annihilation of both ie. the attacker and the defender, for instance, see pre-emptive nuclear strike and second strike.

In Cambodian context, this is in high alert of Lon Nol republican politics, Khmer Rouge revolutionary regime, and Vietnam socialist occupation over Cambodia.

The Seven Codes of Conduct for their Detente

According to the letter issuance signed by Hun Sen and Sam Rainsy, the seven codes are following:

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Political Paradigm of Pragmatism from Khmer Youth part 13

This part, Mr. Sophan Seng, articulated on 10 rules that all leaders have practiced and succeeded it fundamentally.

leadership1. Dana = sharing with the populace
2. Sila = maintaining good conduct
3. Pariccaka = working selflessly
4. Ajjava = working honestly
5. Matthava = deporting himself with gentleness and congeniality
6. Tapa = rejecting indulgence through austerity
7. Akkodha = adhering to reason, not anger
8. Avihimsa = bringing tranquility through non-violence
9. Khanti = overcoming difficulty and conflict with patience
10. Avirodhana = not doing that which strays from righteousness

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