BuLENT – Which role fits ErdoIan better: CEO or mafia leader?

Which role fits ErdoIan better: CEO or mafia leader?It is no secret that President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan views the independent judiciary, civil society, opposition parties, dissident intellectuals, a handful of academics who refuse to yield to pressures and the moribund free media as the greatest obstacles to his ambitions of establishing a one-man rule.For this reason, ErdoIan comes up with a new argument every day to completely eliminate these obstacles.

His latest invention is andquotoverning the state like a corporation.andquotOne of ErdoIanand#39s frequent speeches, rife with lengthy and tedious repetitions, was made during a program in BalIkesir a few days ago.

In this speech, ErdoIan had said: andquotDonand#39t you want this country to be administered in the way businessmen manage their companies? Do you know what I am after? Turkey should also be administered like an incorporated company. If not, there are shackles tied to your ankles and you cannot walk further This country cannot leap further in this mannerandquotEvery time ErdoIan asks andquotDo you know what I am after?andquot it is better that you be prepared for all sorts of answers he may produce based on the impression he has made on people.

For instance, according to the impression he has made on me, ErdoIan is only after one thing: to establish what is nothing more than a full-fledged, one-man regime or a dynastic dictatorship regardless of its packaging.You can be assured that if forms of tribal administration had not posed any problems with the worldand#39s current level of sophistication, ErdoIan would have been striving to emerge as a powerful andquottribal chiefandquot with the intention of establishing the one-man regime he is dying to bring into being.

If we were living in the era of medieval fiefdoms, we would already have seen ErdoIan emerge as a cruel, ruthless, unlawful and despotic feudal lord. If the dominant leader-type of this period had been a sultan, he would have positioned himself as the greatest sultan of the era Unfortunate, the time is not ripe for such fantasies.

Even if you are a perfect dictator with your words and acts, you have to market yourself differently to the public and to the external world. You have to act as if you are democratic, abide by the laws, are civilized, aocate freedoms, are free from corruption and decent.

For this reason, ErdoIan and his cronies are obliged to call their administration an andquotaanced democracyandquot despite the fact that it is utterly corrupt and corresponds to a true dictatorship. Even if they take and give bribes or andldquocommissionsandrdquo and act like mafia members who undermine laws and replace them with arbitrary rules, they have to argue that this is in the interests of society.

Although they have already turned into a consummate crime syndicate that knows no laws, morality or ethics, they have to continue to deceive the masses, saying this is a necessity to combat andquottraitorsandquot and andquotenemies.andquotWe already do not expect ErdoIan to declare what he has become and what he is doing.

It would be too much, even for ErdoIan, to say, andquotI want to administer the country like an unlawful and tyrannical crime syndicate or a mafia leader who arbitrarily sets rules about how every social group should act.andquot He cannot say such a thing so he has to say andquotTurkey should be administered like an incorporated company,andquot in a manner that is deprived of any knowledge of political science, public administration, the rule of law, management, statecraft or statesmanship.

Indeed, anyone with the barest minimum of knowledge knows a state can never be administered like a company because there are profound differences between the two. As noted by Mahfi EIilmez, an academic and writer who has assumed senior positions within the state for many years, the boss of a company is obvious.

In comparison, the stateand#39s boss is not obvious. With its fiscal and monetary policies, the state can affect the entire country, society and all companies.

No incorporated company can have such an effect with its practices.Unlike companies, the state is authorized to collect taxes.

In other words, if it steps into any financial problem, it can issue money to overcome the crisis. This will lead to a rise in inflation, but this inflation is shouldered by the entire society, not solely by the state.

Companies, on the other hand, do not have such an opportunity in the face of a financial trouble. Companies know the value of their assets and display it on their balance sheets.

States do not have balance sheets and therefore have no market values. States have their budgets.

A companyand#39s management relies on two basic rules: to make profits and to distribute part of these profits to its shareholders. In contrast, a stateand#39s administration does not seek to make profits.

Rather, it aims to spend the taxes collected in the interest of society and takes the risk of making losses to this end. In this context, states cannot have profit and loss statements.

A company that continuously makes losses will eventually go bankrupt and enters liquidation. States, on the other hand, do not make losses or go bankrupt.

Therefore, they cannot be liquidated. Even if they seem to have gone bankrupt, they donand#39t sink.

After he and many of his family members engaged in controversial affairs such as graft, bribery and commission taking, ErdoIan is having troubles because he hasnand#39t directly asked for dictatorial powers and authorities or kingship or sultanship. Therefore, with Eastern guile, he calls his dictatorship a presidential system as he believes getting popular support for it will legitimize it while, at other times, he seeks to market himself as a chief executive officer (CEO) of a company.

Yet, what he is after is nothing but to be a mafia leader packaged as a CEO. A brief examination of the academic descriptions of these concepts will give anyone an idea about whether ErdoIanand#39s character is closer to that of a CEO or a mafia leaderA CEO is a person who implements strategies in order to achieve the targets set by the board of directors, makes plans about the future of the company and is accountable to the board of directors.

A CEO is the directors of directors. In large companies, he is the link between the executive board and the board of directors.

In general, a CEOand#39s primary duty is believed to ensure that the company makes profits. Profitability is proof that every phase of the work is performed correctly.

If a company is making profits, this means that it is doing many things right simultaneously.Now, let us have a look at what mafia leaders do.

They donand#39t have specific professions. Their education levels are low.

They have a penchant for various crimes. They try to gain social status and respectability by using their crime syndicates.

They offer a so-called andquotarbitration lawandquot in sectors with higher rents and swagger and forcibly settles disagreements to obtain unfair aantage. Mafias are interested mainly in the construction, real estate, entertainment, tourism, health and transportation sectors and public tenders.

Seeking to secure unfair aantage, a mafia leader might commit all sorts of crimes. Mafia leaders take care in not getting directly involved in crimes, and motivate their men with money, women and positions and other promises.

They are ruthless toward their men while they try to depict themselves as being honest, helpful and sympathetic. Moreover, they exploit the nationalist and spiritual sentiments of the nation.

Mafia leaders believe their luxury lives are actually a show of power so they invest heavily in their prestige. They use their legal identities as a veil for their unlawful affairs.

Now, consider about how cities are plundered for rents, the environmental destruction, the tricks being played in the construction and real estate sectors and the rigging efforts in the mining sector and decide if ErdoIan, as a person who swaggers in these sectors, resembles a CEO or a high-profile, full-fledged mafia leader Add to the list the rigging of public tenders, having the last say in high-value telecommunication and transportation sectors, confiscating private property, establishing funds for financing pro-government media outlets using pro-government businessmen who are fraudulently awarded with public tenders, occupying the assets of certain businessmen to unlawfully hand them over to pro-government businessmen and other unlawful and arbitrary despotic practices.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman