The Gilded Cage – Introduction

The Gilded Cage articles investigate how the Dalai Lama’s government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), exhibits all ‘Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism.’  In the spring of 2003, ex-corporate executive and political scientist Lawrence W. Britt published an essay in Free Inquiry magazine entitled “Fascism Anyone?” In his work, Britt examined the traits of the two governments that formed the original historical model for fascism, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, and five other protofascist regimes that imitated that model, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. He identified 14 characteristics that were common to all of them. (1) These traits have since been widely accepted as the 14 defining characteristics of fascism.


‘Our story is more concerned with how politics within the Tibetan community
has affected Buddhism. However much we may sympathize with the Dalai
Lama or the plight of the Tibetan people under Chinese rule, we should
not be too quick to smooth over serious conflicts among the leading
Tibetan lamas themselves.’

These articles will refer to the complex, worldwide, political net that links the Dalai Lama and the exile Tibetan community to the rest of the world. The structure of this net needs to be thoroughly investigated, in order to fully understand the true nature of the Dalai Lama’s system of governance. The motivation for doing this is to examine how the Dalai Lama and the CTA have arrived in the powerful position of having full and undemocratic control over the exile community, a power which they frequently abuse. The intention is that the articles will expose how the Dalai Lama and the CTA abuse their power; thereby helping to end the persecution of Shugden practitioners and enabling the exile community to move towards a more democratic system of governance, for the benefit of all Tibetans.

These articles will show that it is time for change; the Dalai Lama and CTA have done a great deal to harm the Tibetan cause and little to develop independent economic stability within the exile community.


(2)The legitimacy and role of the Central Tibetan Administration.