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Can the will of the majority go against democracy?

Yes, it can. Especially with cunning politicians eager to grab the power by piggybacking the majority’s disenchantment with democratic institutions supposed to be run by the same politicians. This is the mana of populists and the curse of the nation.

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How do you explain this?

How it is possible, in a country where the politicians register year after year after year ridiculously low figures when it comes to trust, that the same people get elected as MPs? For the voter it’s like getting screwed each and every time.

According to the newest opinion poll in town (21.11) 52% of Romanians believe USL is more capable of solving the problems of the health system, as opposed to 15% for PP-DD and only 12% for PDL. How do you explain such a big difference?

Based on what facts shaped these people their opinions? The opinion poll ranks the health care system as the second most important concern (35%) after the lack of jobs (48%). So people should strive to get more information on the health care reform. But do they get any? Do they really know how the new law for health care reform will affect them or even if there is any meaningful change between Emil Boc’s law draft and the USL one? They certainly haven’t read Vlad Mixich’ investigations on the subject…

If you could explain me this, then I would be able to explain you back why it’s a good idea to invite Michael Moore prestissimo to Romania to make a sequel of his famous “Sicko”:

Sustainable progress and politics

In Romania people hardly discuss about the future. They worry, of course, about their lives, families and jobs, but this is mostly day-to-day chores, not grand designs. The most striking feature of this ‘people-not-talking-about-their-future’ symptom is a general ignorance (or apathy?!) versus what ‘progress’ means. Well, citizens may not be interested, but politicians don’t like to talk about progress, I mean real progress, either. Understandably, I say, because this type of discourse would not fit with their public image. In our society they are associated with destruction and decay rather than with betterment, improvement, positive creativity.

One good example would be in order: the only progress registered in the field of environmental sustainability in the last 20 years or so has been achieved merely as a side-effect to the de-industrialization process. And this process, they say, had its origins in a glaring lack of adaptation of the government, central and local alike, to the fundamentals of market economy. In other words, politicians, old and new, were so blatantly incompetent, that they were readily willing to abandon internal or external market shares, assets and workers altogether to the grabbing fingers of the then-called triumphant ‘American capitalism’. Incompetence and sleaze too, let’s not forget the new opportunities to get rich in the process!      

Well, under these conditions, which unfortunately still apply today, does it make any sense at all to talk about ‘progress’, even more so about ‘sustainable progress‘? My answer is that IT DOES MATTER a lot. If you look at what local politicians (of all colours) in the Alba county are preparing to do to accommodate the interests of a giant corporation you will understand what I mean. Thomas Meyer, a German political scientist, described the pervasive disenchantment of the post-communist electorates with the inability of their political class to steer society towards progress as “nachhaltige Enttäuschung“, an expression which could be translated as “sustainable disapointment”. Sustainability, as opposed to durability, has this meaning of ‘capacity to endure through renewal, maintenance, and sustenance’ (see Wikipedia). Bearing that in mind, ‘sustainable disapointment’ could be seen as an outright perversion. And the local referendum over Rosia Montana’s future is proving that in the best possible way. Definitely not ‘sustainable development’, but ‘sustainable disapointment‘!

Politicians and poverty – now that’s a beautiful combination

With general elections coming soon what are my options? Every normal citizen must be asking himself/herself the same question, right? I’m thinking: that guy Hirschman was an ingenious basterd, spotting how well societies can live with a certain amount of dysfunctional misbehaviour, provided that one can ‘voice’ his/her discontent.

Ingenious and sick, I tell you. ‘cose here we are in a situation, where the good and brave, all tired of ‘voicing’ their discontent without being noticed, have chosen to ‘exit’ the country, leaving the rest of us with the only two things which definitely cannot be exported or expelled or repelled: politicians and poverty. In Romania at least, these two kinds seem quite happy with each other, politically speaking…

Autism in forma continuata

Citesc pe Hotnews despre ultimele fapte de arme ale lui Victor Ciutacu. Bineinteles ca Mircea Badea nu putea sa se lase mai prejos. Ceea ce nu inteleg cei doi, la fel cum, de altfel, clasa politica romaneasca nu intelege cu incapatanare, este ca politica nu [mai] este pentru multi romani in centrul preocuparilor lor. Este un fapt de viata, un adevar rece, pe care mintile infierbantate de batalia politica din interiorul a ceea ce seamana din ce in ce mai mult cu o casta ar trebui sa il interiorizeze.  

De vina pentru aceasta situatie sunt superficialitatea, neseriozitatea si calitatea indoielnica a politicienilor post-decembristi. Despre calitatea jurnalismului de opinie de la noi nici nu merita sa mai vorbim. In direct contrast cu acestea stau daruirea, seriozitatea si abnegatia romanilor ca Alina Dumitru, care, din punct de vedere politico-economic nu sunt nici potentati, nici potenti, dar care fac Romania sa tina fruntea sus. Fata de meritele lor ar trebui ca politica [de partid sau de trust] sa arate mai mult respect.

Democratia ca mascarada

“Revista 22” da un sut cazon stalpilor care mai tin inca sandramaua democratiei romanesti sa nu cada in capul romanilor. Chiar nu inteleg judecata oamenilor care au scris acest editorialul ce isi trambiteaza claritatea cinica din titlu [“Nu vom vota”].

Boicotul referendumului constituie un refuz justificat de a cauţiona o putere abuzivă şi mincinoasă, care modifică regulile în timpul jocului şi refuză să precizeze de la început condiţiile atribuirii victoriei. [din articol]

Implicarea cetateneasca, zic autorii mai sus citati, se face prin vot, nu stand acasa. Dar timpurile nu sunt normale, iar populatia nu intelege miza. Pe acest esafodaj se bazeaza restul argumentatiei articolului. Nici nu mai conteaza practic ce pui ca argumente dupa, daca accepti pana aici firul logic al celor de la Revista 22 inseamna ca nu mai avem practic ce discuta, toata lumea ar trebui sa sa stea linistita acasa, in Romania noi nu avem democratie pentru ca democratia nu poate fi pusa in paranteza de starea contextului politic [daca e normal sau nu] si nici de gradul de iluminare al gloatei, ca sa traduc ce se ascunde de fapt in spatele formularii “majoritatea populatiei”. 

Editorialul mi se pare injositor pentru starea in care a ajuns o parte a societatii civile la noi, acea societate civila care altadata arata nordul cu claritate si lupta pentru democratia natiunii. Cum sa pledezi pentru o “victorie” prin invalidarea referendumului? Ce fel de victorie ar mai fi asta? Si cum ar arata politica din tara asta in urmatoarele luni cu un presedinte reinstalat la Cotroceni printr-o astfel de “victorie” razboindu-se cu un guvern si o majoritate in parlament total ostile? Ar servi romanilor o asemenea “victorie”? Ar fi “victoria” romanilor? 

Eu cred ca raspunsul este foarte clar. De aceea romanii trebuie sa mearga la referendum si sa hotarasca ei singuri daca vor [sau nu] sa il aiba in continuare pe Traian Basescu drept presedinte. Romanii trebuie sa inteleaga ca de ei depinde, nu de context si cu siguranta nu de modul eronat sau nu in care inteleg lucrurile din politica romaneasca. La urmatoarele alegeri tot ei vor putea decide daca Antonescu merita sa fie noul presedinte ales sau daca Victor Ponta va ramane la palatul Victoria.

Daca in loc sa ii indemnati sa nu mearga la vot le-ati fi spus asta romanilor, domnilor de la Revista 22, v-as fi salutat si as fi fost alaturi de Dumneavoastra in efortul de a da cu adevarat putere celor care fac tesatura societatii romanesti si au legitimitatea ultima: cetatenii. Indemnandu-i sa boicoteze votul, le luati exact atributul care ii face sa traiasca intr-o democratie: puterea de a decide prin vot. E timpul sa nu mai fiti ipocriti, domnilor de la Revista 22, renuntati la ifosele inteligentei Dumneavoastra superioare! Stiti, democratia nu face distinctie intre destepti si prosti, fiecare vot conteaza la fel! Enorm!

Omul asta e imposibil, trebuie sa scapam rapid de el

Ma uitam laconferinta de presa din seara asta a lui Traian Basescu. Afara se auzeau huiduielile oamenilor din strada. Printre ei am recunoscut in imaginile transmise de Realitatea TV oameni pe care i-am cunoscut in Piata in ianuarie. Oameni care au stat in frig protestand fata de modul in care Traian Basescu, omul din fruntea statului la acea data, intelegea sa-si indeplineasca functia de presedinte. Ce conteaza, Basescu zice – hahaind – ca sunt “trimisii lui Voiculescu”.

Din conferinta de presa nu am inteles decat ca Basescu a descoperit cinstea. A lui. Si constitutia. Aia pe care o uitase complet acum vreo jumatate de an, cand ne baga pe gat si alegeri comasate si o lege a sanatatii dupa cum era voia lui, adica privatizand tot ce nu a fost inchis, rationalizat, eficientizat. Pe sistemul “sanatate cui isi permite”. Si multe altele, pe care acum nu mai stau sa le enumar.

Si am mai inteles ceva: ca USL incearca sa se ascunda in spatele votului popular [sic!]. Fix asa. Sa ii spuna cineva domnului acesta care ne-a “vampirat” 8 ani de zile, scotand din noi seva cea mai rea, otrava cea mai amara, ca sa te ascunzi in spatele votului popular inseamna legitimitate. Intr-o democratie. Poate o sa inteleaga si el ca nu il mai vrem, nu il mai dorim; si ca, din cauza asta, el nu mkai are nici un fel de legitimitate; si sa-i mai spuna cineva ca nu mai vrem sa auzim nici de Eba. Si nici de Udrea.


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