By: Mitja Iršič
Dancing to the beats of the media orchestra, conducted by faded, painfully boring apparatchiks, who are known to have been considered a second-class regime of harmless politics in Yugoslavia, is the tragicomedy of the Slovenian reality. The beats are repeated. As well as the movements of the dancers. Conductors have not written a new hit for decades, and the orchestra has always been tasked with playing what it is being conducted – that is what it is paid for. Nevertheless, the dance will once and for all be irrevocably over.
The Slovenian electorate is specific – the fact that it is conducted by the Yugoslav second league is a symptom of a disease that did not begin in Vidmar’s villa, but much earlier – when one neighbour looked over the planks of another and realised that the neighbour had two bulls and three cows, and he only one. Above-averageness deeply resists the Slovenian soul. Therefore, it is not difficult to tell it that it has to vote for mediocre people who will make life miserable for the above average. That they will be below average happy. But the happy dance is irrevocably coming to an end – even below-average people will feel that something strange is happening in their lives under a socialist government.
Robert Golob must be recognised for having well harnessed the Slovenian sense of idiot-socialism and forced egalitarianism. He says that it is necessary to take from the rich – including him – and give to the poor. Such empty robinhoodism is close to the Slovene. The rich are class allies, and the poor are exploited victims. Golob has the talent to make good use of this characteristic of the Slovenian nation, and +50% support is no surprise. Slovenians and Latin Americans like to be equal, so we cannot wait for someone to come and tell us that he will make us more equal.