All’s well
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All’s well
22. 5. 2017

Germans on the Bavarian slopes of the Bavarian Forest have jokes that always end with their Czech vernacular, `wscheckno jedno` and everybody laughs. The point is, “everything’s well, go it alone”, but I am usually lost, for I don’t quite get the Bavarian sense of humour. But when I tell the joke to my Czech friends, they laugh along, paradoxically. The point is, we Czechs pride ourselves of our ability to circumvent any obligation, very much in the tradition of Good Soldier Schweik. We are like that among ourselves and pose like that to the world. Made virtue out of necessity: we are poor so why tackle it, reason enough. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be fine to drive a Mercedes-Benz? We don’t terribly mind if someone tells lies or pinches things: Everybody does it and the market is big, so why don’t we translate it into politics? But the bill is for a double election here and that translates into a premier-league lie to ten million people and a thievery amounting to ten million crowns from them. Strong monied elites have emerged. Corruption absolutely prevails and whole industries are under control. Aggressive is right, there’s no way back. Your best bet is to compromise somebody in the businesslike way, if you have buddies among friends in the media you own.

Germans on the Bavarian slopes of the Bavarian Forest have jokes that always end with their Czech vernacular, `wscheckno jedno` and everybody laughs. The point is, “everything’s well, go it alone”, but I am usually lost, for I don’t quite get the Bavarian sense of humour. But when I tell the joke to my Czech friends, they laugh along, paradoxically. The point is, we Czechs pride ourselves of our ability to circumvent any obligation, very much in the tradition of Good Soldier Schweik. We are like that among ourselves and pose like that to the world. Made virtue out of necessity: we are poor so why tackle it, reason enough. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be fine to drive a Mercedes-Benz? We don’t terribly mind if someone tells lies or pinches things: Everybody does it and the market is big, so why don’t we translate it into politics?

But the bill is for a double election here and that translates into a premier-league lie to ten million people and a thievery amounting to ten million crowns from them. Strong monied elites have emerged. Corruption absolutely prevails and whole industries are under control. Aggressive is right, there’s no way back. Your best bet is to compromise somebody in the businesslike way, if you have buddies among friends in the media you own.

Politicians and their market agents know it doesn’t make much sense to pursue good now: there will be enough time for that when “we” take power. It is much better now to slice and divide society so the majority elects the best-known man in the event. A fifth of the electorate is all he will need. Investing in one of ten citizens of this small country will pay very handsome dividends. The small change for the campaigns of bought politicos is peanuts compared with the final profit.

No one is interested in programmes, and it’s a win or die. I may wrongly swear on the lives of my children, I may team up with the Martians, I may promise what I like. Things for free, 200 crowns to every pensioner, I will drive out migrants and thugs, I may promise to turn off the lights, or I may just say things will get better, simple as that. People will go for the lesser evil and some will hope for improvement. Vote for the handful of “loonies” that can’t do anything anyway, and see your vote go down the drain.  

Wrong! There are people who can change things. Public attorneys and the police have long known their carrier does not depend on being lackeys to mafia godfathers.  The media in their sum report something quite relevant: there are islets of freedom in all political parties that deserve electoral support. We still have NGOs and the public endowment sector and we work with an army of whistleblowers who certainly will not go for empty promises. I look forward to meet you in June!

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