INDONESIA: The New Konsepsi

Indonesia's President Sukarno seems to believe that a new Konsepsi can cure anything, even the ramshackle government and economy of his sprawling nation of 85.5 million people. In 1957 he proposed that Indonesia be purged of its innumerable troubles through "guided democracy," a procedure that he expounded repeatedly without ever quite explaining. Last week, unable to have his way, Sukarno was abandoning guided democracy for a new concept which, instead of "burying" the rival political parties, would only be intended to "simplify" them.

The problem is one that bothers every new nation -reconciling the need for system and order with...

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