Friday, April 14, 2006

"Awakening of Fascism in Slovenia"

Commentator of the leading Slovenian newspaper "Delo" (www.delo.si) has in its Saturday Edition in a response to the Slovenian government's withdrawal from the biggest Slovenian super-market chain which resulted in the change of those in the managerial positions; and in a response to the envisaged comprehensive reform of the Slovenian economy, published an article titled "As if the Germans had won." We quote here just a short, but the most provokative excerpt. The innocent reader who is not acquainted with the prevailing mindset in Slovenia will have some problems understanding it, for which we apologize. But, to be frank, we understand it either, since it is beyond comprehensible. So it goes (the article is available at http://www.delo.si/index.php?sv_path=43,6528&id=ce21045a2c16de7ec5af3cbff03f30f704&t=html&p=1, by Ervin Hladnik Milharcic)

"The present government has with the projects of rehabilitation of fascism reopened a comfortable discussion about the past and it is on its best way to prove that Slovenia ended up in the WWII - in this great war - on the side of losers. With its hastened and under-developed plan of economic reform of the society it has over night created general polemique about the welfare that has in its entirety taken place in the close-future tense. The reform program is based on a simple and logic kern: ยปIf the WWII had been won by the Germans and Slovenia conducted its reforms, we would be all driving in Mercedes... The acts of the government are damaging. The case of the [biggest super-market chain] speaks too much for itself. The state sold its shares under the price. Its financial funds have out of mere political calculation produced an apparent loss that can be measured by the pricing trends of shares at the Stock Market. This has resulted in direct deprivation of pension fund and denationalization fund. In both cases the government could remedy this by accelarated privatization of the health sector and by limiting the rights of the unemployed. Traditionally it has been dealt with losses to a disadvantage of the interests of the weakest..."

To conclude - according to the Slovenian leading newspaper, in Slovenia we, first, have the government that will do anything to deteriorate the position of its electorate and second: the Germans are still the villains...who, good for them and bad for us, drive Mercedes...
It is sad, that the leading newspaper does not see that we are in the year 2006, that Germany is our closest ally in the EU, with which we will also, in a way, co-preside in the EU and that this is the high time that real and comprehensive reforms were conducted in Slovenia for the general well-being of us all.

But as we could observe at the National TV, the other day, the envisaged reforms would increase even the prices of funeral services... So, the economists would add: it is not opportune to die anymore. And actually this is the only way to maintain to populace of Slovenia, which has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe and the highest suicide-rate.... What a sound society.

3 Comments:

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Daffodil said...

Hi,

Spent some of last week in your beautiful country. Our guide told us that you had (one of) the highest suicide rate(s) in Europe. This seemed surprisingly, though you say the same. To an outsider the country appeared prosperous, well run, and at ease with itself. Where do the suicide statistics come from? Can you provide a link, please?

 
At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Daffodil said...

Hi,

Spent some of last week in your beautiful country. Our guide told us that you had (one of) the highest suicide rate(s) in Europe. This seemed surprisingly, though you say the same. To an outsider the country appeared prosperous, well run, and at ease with itself. Where do the suicide statistics come from? Can you provide a link, please?

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger Matej Avbelj said...

Sorry, for replying that late. This statistical estimation is already more or less proverbial, but here is some very elementary scheme.
http://www.prepadnik.net/izhod.html

It shows the number of suicides between different nations, it is in Slovenian language, but you can get the point.

Many links are also available via google:, for example
http://www.ce-review.org/00/20/pozun20.html

 

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