A Really Nice Country

by Dragos Kalajic (translated from Serbo-Croatian)
Belgrade, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 09/28/96

"What kind of country is Slovakia?" asked recently my dear friend, Dusan Vasiljevic, literally from another side of the world, from Cape Town. He explained his curiosity by describing a perfect compass for the world under the shadow of the new world order: "I've noticed that the American press has been writing all the worst about Slovakia... it must be a really good country if they hate it so much."

I recall Vasiljevic's remark while sitting under a parasol in front of cafe Roland, at the main square in Bratislava, in the company of famous Slovak satirist and master of arts in German literature but also a count Juraj Zaborski. His most famous ancestor earned the title in the struggle against the Ottoman invasion in the seventeenth century.(...) Juraj proudly emphasizes that his tan is not a result of a vacation, but of hard work in the fields:

"I am also a farmer. My mother left me a farm, not far from Bratislava and I till it myself."

I respond that I'm glad to hear that a noble partakes in farming, because of general and specific reasons. Above all, I see in that a nice herald of a new cycle in European culture, the sign of the return to the land and reconciliation wit the nature which has tremendously suffered and still suffers a lot from the western civilization. I am especially glad that a noble has returned to his family fief. One of the most important causes of decadence in European culture and civilization is the desertion of fiefs. Europe was happy and strong as long as its elite lived on their land, together with the people, as a living and all too visible model of virtue. When the force of monarchist absolutism and fascination with life in a court separated and alienated the nobility from the people, the people lost its defenders and protectors and became a victim of the looting instinct of the third caste [today's "middle class"].

I speak too fast for a northerner, like a southerner, and maybe I am even a bit too forward; therefore count Zaborski needs some time to think about all the unusual ideas he has just heard. He is doing that with his head a bit slanted to one side and his eyes closed, as if he were listening to beautiful music. After a while, he straightens his head up, opens his eyes and responds with a sigh:

"You are absolutely right; now I have a better understanding of my own inclination towards farming. Nevertheless, there is a very prosaic reason why I not only like to but am also forced to dabble in farming. Our educational system is in terrible shape because of the lack of money which discourages the teachers. Take me for an example: my professorial salary is only DM 300 [per month]! Listen, with such a salary I cannot even travel to nearby Vienna [about 20 miles from Bratislava], let alone buy books which I need for my own education... Nevertheless, it's better to be poor in freedom than to be rich but under foreign rule."

I mention the remark of my friend Dusan Vasiljevic to count Zaborski and receive the expected commentary:

"Our enemies, who would like to dominate our state and economy, do not want to openly state that they dislike the Slovak people and its free spirit. Instead, they make it seem as if they only dislike Vladko Meciar's [Prime Minister of Slovakia] government. The western media have made Vladko into the worst kind of a nationalist devil... Let me be clear: I am not a member of any political party and I can spot many problems in his government. Still, as a great majority of Slovaks, I believe that the best policies of his government are those which are denounced by the Western media. Vladko Meciar is not threatening anyone, he is neither a chauvinist nor a fanatical nationalist as he is portrayed in the West, but a honest man who wants to help his people. He simply loves the nation to which he belongs and is trying to defend its national interests the best he can. We survived many invasions and occupations, the Ottoman, Hungarian, Soviet, and are very sensitive with respect to our independence. We've existed for centuries, and for a first time we have our own national state; we are determined to defend it together, regardless of our ideological differences, which mostly concern different techniques for the preservation of independence."

Towards National Capitalism

According to the strategists of the new world order "Slovakia is a country in transition". By its definition, the word "transition" signifies that everything in Slovakia, starting with state sovereignty and independence to national homogeneity and the self-image must be transitional, ephemeral. The said "transition" is the road towards the final destination, towards the colonial status. It seems that the political elite in Slovakia is aware of that destination and is trying to save the state and the people from the sad destiny with a combination of internal policy, macroeconomics of national inspiration and concessions abroad, as is the declared readiness to join the European Union and NATO.

Sergey Kozlik, young and energetic Minister of Economics and vice-president in the government, explains the meaning of his political role and his nationalism: "I serve the community which I am a part of". In his public appearances he tries to avoid the wrath of mondialists by being careful not to use the words "people" or "community" instead of "nation" and supporting a "populist" instead of a "nationalist" policy. Even the key word of his policy, macroeconomics, is a similar euphemism which hides from the mondialist and liberal-capitalist critics the reality of the leading role of the state in the Slovak economy.

That leading role of the state, via macroeconomics, is not a remnant of the pseudo socialist past but the result of the German real-historian school in economics whose teachings and experience Kozlik is trying to apply for the good of the Slovak state and nation. Unlike the pseudo-socialism where the state controlled almost all aspects of the economy and society and suffocated and eliminated the entrepreneurial spirit by the force of its harmful ideology, according to the German real-historic school of economics the state gives the direction to the economy and nudges the entrepreneurial spirit in the direction of the common good.

Slovak orientation towards national capitalism is obvious in the new system for privatization of the state property, which was set up after catastrophic experiences with the previous system, which was marked by infamous "coupons" imposed by the "well meaning" experts from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. the new system for privatization allows every citizen to actively participate in the privatization process with the goal of development and strengthening of the mostly domestic, national class of entrepreneurs and to allow all employees to obtain a stake in the company in which they work. The inflow of foreign capital is directed by the state to those sectors where it is necessary and can give a real boost to the economy.(...)

The Slovak political elite has realized that Germany already does and will increasingly dominate in the new Europe, both in its economy and politics. Therefore it pays special attention to the establishment of good relations with Germany. Appointment of Pavel Himzik, former ambassador to Germany as the Minister of Foreign Affairs also testifies about to that. The new minister of Foreign Affairs knows well that Slovak national interest also demands the preservation and further development of very useful economic relations with Russia and Ukraine and he protects this policy from the angry criticism of mondialists with common sense:

"It is obvious that we need good relations with Russia and Ukraine. However, we are following the policy of the majority of west European states. It is true that we have good connections from the Communist period and it would be stupid to sever these traditional links. The other post-communist countries haven't done it".

It is probably not necessary to emphasize that the true sense of the mentioned criticism is not of ideological but strategic nature. Preservation and development of traditional links with Russia and Ukraine ensures a significant part of economic and consequently political independence, with appropriate maneuvering space for avoidance of mondialist traps and blackmail.

The force of foreign, mondialist, blackmail is indirectly demonstrated by the decision of the Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar, to sacrifice two political figures, Foreign Affairs Minister Juraj Shenk and the Minister of Internal Affairs Ludovit Hudek. Both of them were supposedly "compromised" (in the eyes of mondialists) because of not entirely legal arrest of the son of the president of Slovakia, Michal Kovac junior, who had embezzled more than $12 million from the Slovak company "Technopol" based in Munich.

Therefore, for mondialist rulers and overseers of the "transition" plunder does not represent a scandal, but the "hard-line" defense of the society and state from thieves does. That is not surprising for those who can recognize the true goals of mondialism. For mondialist producers of the public opinion in the "global village", those who honestly, courageously and uncompromisingly defend national interests are "bad guys", "hard-liners", black "nationalists", and, of course, "fascists", while thieves, traitors of the nation and scum are "good guys", "democrats" and "cooperative politicians" because they are real or potential servants and collaborators with the new colonialism.

Under Protection of Hero Roland

While gathering my impressions of Bratislava in the square marked by the statue of the European hero Roland, I notice extraordinary bliss. Recent impressions from other European capitals seem, in comparison with the experience of Bratislava, like a nightmare. The said feeling of bliss is similar to that one feels while crossing from confusion to clarity, sickness to good health, smog into clear air.

Maybe the feeling of bliss is the result of Slavic and European homogeneity of the inhabitants of Bratislava. Bratislava is unique in contemporary Europe because in it there is no trace of the anti-European and racist operation also known as "melting pot". The fact that "melting pot" doesn't live in Bratislava explains a significant portion of American attacks on Slovakia. I can also conclude that I owe my feeling of bliss to the policy of Slovak "bad guys". Many European cities have a statue of the legendary hero Roland, the defender of Europe from the Arab invasion, but is seems that these days it is only effective in Bratislava.

True, the aforementioned statue was erected in memory of Maximillian Habsburg, the first king to be crowned in Bratislava, in 1572. Nevertheless, since the 19th century, Bratislavans see in the statue only the depiction of Roland. Roland is the most popular figure in the European heroic pantheon. That is surprising, since Roland is not a historic personality. In 11th century, an unknown bard wrote the Chanson de Roland which describes the deeds of a hero who sacrificed himself to stop the Arab invasion of Europe, a hero armed with aristocratic exaltedness and extraordinary physical strength.

By virtue and force of that noble deed, Roland reached saintliness and is today given homage by pilgrims traveling to the church of Santiago de Compostella in Spain. Among the Christians, besides Serb prince Lazar, this is the only example of human transformation by the force of a self-sacrifice in a war. Maybe the very rarity of the example of opening the way toward light with arms in ones hands is the cause of Roland's popularity in Europe. Maybe the numerous monuments to Roland are an expression of the ancient premonition that Europe will be threatened by unimaginably huge invasion force, much larger than those which were repulsed at Poatier, Kosovo and Kulikovo. It seems that that premonition of future is our reality and the shortest name for the enemy of all Europeans is the "American evil".(...)

Judging by the faces of Slovaks who I can see, it seems they do not feel that premonition. Or maybe they just hide it well? Their faces remind one only of Roland's innocence.

Slavic Innocence

That Slovak innocence was maybe preserved by centuries of isolation from the main historical scene. The Slovaks were ruled by foreigners and didn't have their own state nor elite. During Austria-Hungary, in present Slovakia church officials and aristocracy were Hungarian, bourgeoisie German, while the Slovaks were peasants.

Someone has said that the Slovaks do not have a political history, but only ethnographic history. Nevertheless, even the superficial inspection of the traditional Slovak art and costume tells this author that even there Hungarian influence has overwhelmed the Slavic heritage. Besides, even the Hungarian tradition of "floral style", brought from the Asian steppe has been deformed and suffocated by the Baroque.

The Slovaks owe their national awakening to European romanticism and Czech agitators. Among the first protagonists of that national awakening, Pavel Josef Safarik is the most significant for Serbs; to him we owe the great effort which he put into collecting and studying Slavic folklore, starting with the Serb reader (Serbische Lesekorner, 1833) and ending with Ancient Slavic traditions (Slovenske starozitnosti). To Safarik we also owe the first realization of the wolfean nature of the mythical ancestor of the Serbs.

In the [Slovak] National Gallery, I notice while going through the exhibition of Slovak 20th century photography, perhaps because of the wolfean nature of my ancestors, things which the Slovaks cannot see because of their tame nature. I notice the absence of the Slovak man. The only exception are photographs by Karol Plicko from 1928, the oldest ones in the exhibition. One of the photographs depicts a Slovak girl dressed in the national costume. Another photograph shows a narrow bridge over a mountain stream and a girl on it. The bridge is a metaphor for crossing of streams of history while the girl is an allegory of Slovakia. Mountain peaks direct ones gaze towards the eternal truth.

Judging by this selection of recent Slovak photography, after Plicko, everyone turned their cameras and gazes away from the Slovak man. They observed and photographed everything from Gypsies to Hungarians and modernistic stupidities and abstractions; everything but the Slovak man and Slovak nation as if those subjects were banned by some secret law. Because of that, the Slovak nation remains unknown to yours truly. The Slovak nation won its state after thousands of years of slavery, at the worst time for the survival of nation states. Maybe the Slovaks will disappear like Slovenians who decided to stay in Austria [after W.W.I] and who are today threatened by de-Slovenization in their own state. I hope that, thanks to their "bad guys" at the helm of the state the Slovaks will survive and contribute to the European revival, redeeming in that way thousands of years of slavery, subjugation and silence.