By: Gašper Blažič
Since we like to say that health is our greatest wealth, and since there are health topics – this includes all that television show businesses with series where doctors play the main role – we probably all know what the job of a good doctor is. First of all, to correctly determine the diagnosis and order the appropriate treatment on this basis. Of course, it is true that the diagnosis can be determined based on the symptoms, but it is necessary to treat the cause and not just the symptoms of a disease.
If, according to the logic of the analogy, we were to compare our country to a man who celebrated his 31st birthday this year, we can say that this man has fallen dangerously ill again. But it would be a mistake to look only at the symptoms and treat them only, while not touching the cause of the disease. But it seems that all the time we are actually only concerned with how to eliminate the symptoms and establish a state of apparent peace without touching the real causes of the disease. Which is actually a disservice to the patient, who after some time will become even more dangerously ill.
Democrats who “fight” – against the opposition
Let’s look at one of these symptoms. Her name is Urška Klakočar Zupančič. She likes to boast that she was a Soros scholarship recipient, a Master of Science, and also a writer. The former district (!) judge has been the president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia since this spring, i.e., the legislative body of our country. After all the shenanigans, she recently indulged in a kind of boxing match with her party colleague Dejan Zavec, and in the process got terribly angry at “those who spoil the game” from the SDS, because they allegedly spoiled the children’s surprise. Because the class enemy will always, without exception, screw everything up, pollute everything and cause heartburn. Well, then there is a photo session in the style of a dancer from the Parisian “red mill”. And one wonders if this is still a country at all or if it is in fact some bad circus show, some kind of copy without the original.
There is no other way to describe the current Prime Minister Dr Robert Golob, the supposed energy genius, because of whom Slovenia has a very high price of electricity compared to the European average. And who swears by the “green breakthrough”, but at the same time is looking for the possibility of mining coal for the start-up of the fifth unit of the Šoštanj Thermal Power Plant, which is otherwise on cold reserve.
And, of course, let’s not talk about the most prominent civil society supporter of this government, Nika Kovač, who always “fights” a lot – against the opposition.
The genetic record of Slovenia did not get rid of the traces of the SFRY
We could also list many other symptoms of the serious illness of our country. But symptoms are actually more of a secondary topic here if I use the vocabulary of one of the former presidents of the republic. Who was also a symptom of the same disease. And this disease is actually already hidden in the genetic record of our country. Because the expectations based on our country’s birth certificate do not match its genetic record. This genetic record actually contains a strong hereditary connection with the region of SFRY. Even though in 1991 we swore to discontinuity with the former party state. At least in appearance.
For a precise analysis of where the continuity between communist Yugoslavia and independent Slovenia was actually preserved, it would probably be necessary to review all the documents of the party congresses at the level of Yugoslavia and (SR) Slovenia from beginning to end. Therefore, on this occasion, let me mention only a fragment from the legacy of the party’s congressmanship. Namely, in 1958, within the framework of the ZKJ and ZKS congresses, the first explicit idea about the democratisation of society appeared, at that time of course through the Kardelian idea of self-governance. Anyone who reads all this party nonsense somewhat superficially gets the impression that the party was really about some kind of democracy. Which is not an outright lie. Namely, the regime was constantly looking for confirmation of legitimacy from the people, this type of activity had a great impetus during the rule of the liberal communist Stane Kavčič at the end of the sixties, when it was necessary to continue the reform policy of the suddenly deceased former Ozna member and later influential communist politician Boris Kraigher. After the leaden 1970s, when Tito’s dogmatic intervention in the new party paradigm somewhat halted this development, while at the same time the last Kardelian constitution was adopted and relative economic peace (which lasted only a few years!), in the stormy and crisis-ridden 1980s, a new Slovenian party leader Milan Kučan once again revived Kavčič’s approaches to governance technology.
At this point, I would not like to repeat the already known facts about the many rotten compromises that followed the party’s announcement of “stepping down from power”, but perhaps it is worth remembering at least that the then Soviet bloc countries Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland did not deal with independence from some other country, which is why the democratic forces swept there more easily with the succession of party elites.
Stalin’s vote count – sorry, sheep count
And finally, it is also worth noting the fact that the turnaround in 1990 (the first multi-party elections) and 1991 (independence – not secession! – from Yugoslavia) did not in fact touch the purification of social subsystems, and it is worth highlighting the media and media education in particular. The public institution RTV Slovenia is under attack today precisely because it is not completely “ours” (from the point of view of the succession of authorities until 1990). Another such important subsystem is the conduct and control of elections. Even the most notorious communist leader in the world, J.V. Stalin, knew how important it was who counted the votes (regardless of how many votes someone got). So, “we live in a fairy tale where the wolf counts our sheep” (J. B. Benč).
That Stalin did not say this in one day is now well known in Republika Srpska, where protests are being held due to electoral fraud, with which Milorad Dodik, a friend of Kučan and Putin, is trying to extend the period of his rule. The president of the state election commission (in BiH, not in Slovenia, to make sure there is no mistake) confirmed that there were serious irregularities. And here in Slovenia? Between the lines, the authorities admit that there were indeed irregularities, but no action must be taken! Which means that power in the state election commission must be retained by a former member of the transition-predatory LDS, whose last name is the same as the title of the legendary mascot of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. And this is how these little wolves continue to count our sheep. Sorry, votes.
And the main problem in all of this is not the various chewing Jonases, the dancing Urškas and the overbearing Nikas. The bigger problem is that the rest of us stupid people will increasingly feel the consequences of the new stage of rule by the “libertarian” successors of the elite that “stepped down from power” in 1990 for the needs of the public. When taxes eat the contents of your wallet and when you find in the winter that your apartment is much colder than the year before, remember the date April 24th, 2022, and who counted the votes then.
Of course, we will talk about the psychological treatment of the Slovenian masses in the next column.