Nekaj misli ob novem družinskem zakoniku

Priznam, da so me ob sprejemu novega Družinskega zakona preplavljala močna čustva. Čeprav sem razumsko seveda pričakoval oz. vedel, da bo levičarska večina v Državnem zboru nov zakon potrdila, sem na nek najosnovnejši način vseeno bil razočaran nad neznosno aroganco današnjih oblastnikov, ki si drznejo razmišljati o redefiniciji nečesa tako osnovnega, kot je družina. Kot je zapisal že Barbarossa v svojem prispevku, je družina skupnost oz. institucija, v katero po naravnem pravu država nima nikakršnih pravic posegati. Družina je namreč obstajala pred vsakršno državno oblastjo, je, če smem uporabiti nekoliko obrabljen izraz, osnovna celica vsakršne človeške družbe. Pri tem sploh ni važno, kakšen odnos ima ta družba do homoseksualnosti kot take. Vsakdo, ki je denimo vsaj malo bral o zgodovini antične Grčije, ve, da je v tedanji tamkajšnji družbi homoseksualnost bila splošno sprejeta. Na nek način so homoseksualni odnosi bili razumljeni celo kot moralno večvredni nasproti heteroseksualnim (spomnimo se samo Plutarhovih življenjepisov). A nihče ni razmišljal o tem, da bi te odnose označil kot poroko oz. jih skušal institucionalizirati kot družino.

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Moj sogovornik ima prav in hkrati ne. Prav ima po mojem mnenju zato: narobe je, da ima redno zaposleni profesor hkrati tudi podjetje. Kajti tudi zato, ker je profesor, ima ime, infrastrukturo ter še kaj, kar mu omogoča, da svoje storitve sploh ponuja. Če ne bi bil profesor, bi svoje storitve težje prodal in zato je edino logično, da je tudi njegov zaposlovalec udeležen pri teh prihodkih. In logično je tudi, da fakulteta želi tržiti svoje storitve in da svoje zaposlene za dodatno delo tudi dodatno plača. Če redno zaposleni profesor oceni, da bi svoje storitve lahko prodajal tudi brez redne zaposlitve na fakulteti, naj odpove delovno razmerje, naj se trži, in tudi fakulteti naj za svoje raziskave in predavanja zaračuna kot podjetnik. In fakulteta bo presodila, kdaj ga potrebuje. Biti redno zaposlen in hkrati izdajati fakture prek svojega podjetja po mojem mnenju ni etično – torej tudi profesor Miro Cerar ni bil etičen -, vse dokler ni postal predsednik vlade.

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Pri nas trga »ni«, ker je »vse« državno. In dokler bo to tako, za kar so zaslužni predvsem profesorji-politiki-nadzorniki-honoriranci, bo na seznamu sramote tudi kdo, ki svoje znanje prek fakultete trži samo Franckam, d. o. o. Žal.

Honorarji in etika Mira Cerarja – Peter Frankl, Finance

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Delu politikov, ki so sprožili zadnjo akcijo, ni šlo samo za to, da istospolnim izboljšajo pravni položaj, ker o tem se je v celoti strinjala tudi desna politika. Tudi jim ni šlo za to, da ti pridobijo nekaj svetega, ker niti ne vejo, kaj je to in kaj bi s tem počeli.

Šlo jim je tudi za to, da nekomu nekaj svetega vzamejo. Za nalašč. Ker lahko. Ker tega ne razumejo, so pa vseeno nevoščljivi tistim, ki razumemo. Kot otrok, ki iz zavisti z veseljem polomi igračo vrstniku. Na tej točki pa je zmerna levica, ki bi se iz Viča rada preselila v Center, naredila napako in jim pritegnila.

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Med tem, ko se bodo medijsko po prsih trkali tisti, katerih največji dosežek v življenju je, da so heteroseksualno spolno usmerjeni in tisti, katerih dosežek je, da se napredno zavzemajo za politično oportune manjšine, bo referendum odlična dimna zavese za rabote na DUTB, SDH in drugod. Mogoče je pa center kost v glodanje vrgel prav zato.

Razumeti sveto in svetno – primer družinske zveze – Žiga Turk, Časnik

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Zakaj še zmeraj nasprotujem družinskemu zakoniku

Kljub temu, da smo Slovenci na referendumu zavrnili precej manj radikalen predlog za spremembo družinskega zakonika, so sedaj novelo poslanci potrdili. Medtem ko čakamo na nadaljnji razplet dogodkov, pa se moramo na desnici vseeno oglasiti in podati svoje razloge, zakaj tovrstnemu predlogu nasprotujemo. Najprej je potrebno poudariti, da vprašanje ureditve socialnih in podobnih pravic homoseksualnih ni v nasprotju z ohranitvijo tradicionalnega pojmovanja družine in zakonske zveze.

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Politically correct leftism is more than a challenge to liberalism. It is a test of liberalism. (…)

America’s most effective liberals—from Harry Truman to Rahm Emanuel—have known how and when to defy the illiberal left, whether that illiberal left was communist or Third Worldist or, as it is today, infatuated with the jargon of “intersectionality.” The liberals who couldn’t or wouldn’t or didn’t have been dragged toward the same marginality that has always befallen the hard left in America—and always will.

Republicans have suffered greatly over the past six years from their visible terror of their more extreme associates. The evolution toward a more responsible Republicanism remains incomplete, but is visibly under way. Now it seems to be the turn of liberals and Democrats to veer off into their own ideological fever-swamps.

Liberals and the Illiberal Left – David Frum, The Atlantic

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The Church does not rename pagan traditions as the secularist renames Christian holidays, seasons, symbols and so forth. The Church baptizes the world. The Church impudently gives pagan traditions new meanings, of which a new name is an icon and consequence. The Winter Solstice is not renamed ‘Christmas’ in the manner in which secularists timidly rename Christmas ‘Winter Solstice.’ No, the Winter Solstice becomes Christmas — the old gods are dead and Christianity has killed them.

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This helps us to finally understand the difference between a baptism and a renaming. The post-Christian renaming reduces to an acceptable effect without daring to alter the cause. The baptism invokes and declares a new cause — not Spring, but Christ, not the gods, but God, not the garden’s growth, but the Gardener. A cause alone can remain and bear the fruit of effects. An effect divorced from its cause — a holiday apart from a Holy Day, a sign of the cross apart from the Cross — these crumble as a tree without roots. I am Catholic because I want to live in a universe of primary meaning, of a real relation of effect to cause

The Difference Between Renaming and a Baptism – Marc Barnes, The Bad Catholic

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Spletno obnašanje in “družbena odgovornost”

O nekaterih stvareh je težko govoriti na način, ki bi bil povsem prost moraliziranja. Ena izmed takšnih stvari je osebna tragedija. Na zasebne nesreče, ki po nizu naključij privrejo v javnost – ali, še huje, ki jih povzroči prav javna pozornost – se bomo v javnosti praviloma odzvali z razmislekom o morali. Nekateri bodo obžalovali krivico, ki se je zgodila prizadetim. Tisti bolj zagreti bodo pričeli iskati odgovorne. Manj ognjevit, intelektualni del javnosti bo s prstom pokazal na družbene razmere. Toda v vsakem primeru je jasno, da bo treba najti vzrok za krivico, da se bo lahko javnost pomirila samo tedaj, ko bodo dokončno znani – in zato osramočeni, ponižani, izločeni – odgovorni za tragedijo.

»Krivi so mediji!«

Zdi se, da smo v primeru, ki je v zadnjih tednih razburjal slovensko javnost, dosegli konsenz o krivcu. Za smrt ravnatelja mariborske šole so v prvi vrsti odgovorni mediji. Prvi učinki te sodbe so že razvidni. V četrtek je nekaj uredništev – med njimi tudi Delo in 24ur.com, dva izmed najvplivnejših slovenskih medijev – podpisalo zavezo za etično poročanje. To lahko razumemo kot očitno znamenje pokore. Domen Savič, popularni bloger in twiteraš, je stopil še korak dlje. Podjetja, ki so oglaševala v najbolj rumenih medijih, je pozval k umiku oglasov. Ob pomoči drugih vigilantov – čuječih, odgovornih državljanov – je akciji dejansko uspelo doseči odstop več oglaševalcev iz Slovenskih novic in nekaterih drugih medijev, impliciranih v tragediji.

Krivec je identificiran, krivec je osramočen. Je javnost dosegla katarzo?

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Traktat o fenomenologiji hipohondrične epistemologije

 (Esej je bil prvič objavljen pomladi 2012 v 7. številki , posvečeni temi “zdravje”. Z njim sem hotel predvsem v javno razpravo uvesti pojem “družbene hipohondrije”. Skoraj tri leta kasneje ugotavljam, da bi bil ta pojem še bolj koristen kot tedaj.)

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Na volilni dan…

…naj se razjasni nebo in posije luč razuma v sleherno slovensko vas.

Našim bralcem in vsem Slovencem želimo sproščeno in sončno volilno nedeljo. Upamo, da se glasovanj širom domovine udeleže v čim večjem številu. Pri odločanju o najboljšem kandidatu pa naj bodo vsakomur v vodilo zgolj lastna vest, odgovornost in trezen preudarek!

V tem oziru gredo naše najboljše želje zlasti največji slovenski vasi. Saj vemo, da biti največji – in najlepši – še ni dovolj, kajne?

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According to a recent study conducted by Bond University in Australia, sharks are nine times as likely to attack and kill men than they are women. If sinister motivation is attributed for this disparity, as is done in the cases of sex and racial disparities, we can only conclude that sharks are sexist. Another sex disparity is despite the fact that men are 50 percent of the population and so are women, men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. I wonder what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men.

Another gross statistical disparity is despite the fact that Jews are less than 3 percent of the U.S. population and a mere 0.2 percent of the world’s population, between 1901 and 2010, Jews were 35 percent of American and 22 percent of the world’s Nobel Prize winners.

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If America’s diversity worshippers see underrepresentation as “probative” of racial discrimination, what do they propose be done about overrepresentation? After all, overrepresentation and underrepresentation are simply different sides of injustice. If those in one race are overrepresented, it might mean they’re taking away what rightfully belongs to another race. For example, is it possible that Jews are doing things that sabotage the chances of a potential Indian, Alaska Native or Mexican Nobel Prize winner? What about the disgraceful lack of diversity in professional basketball and ice hockey? There’s not even geographical diversity in professional ice hockey; not a single player can boast of having been born and raised in Hawaii, Louisiana or Mississippi.

Do Statistical Disparities Mean Injustice? – Walter E. Williams, The New American

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Political correctness thus results as a confusion of political word for political action—so saying the wrong words is doing the wrong action. If I say something that disagrees with your position or lifestyle, it may be taken as an actual assault on you, the person.

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Virtues, however, cannot be gained by “identifying” with others psychologically—a virtue is the skill of an action performed repeatedly over time. As Aristotle said, since we are what we repeatedly do, character is a habit and not an attitude. To fight this decadent culture in the academy, pointing it out and criticizing it is not sufficient. As Roger Kimball notes, “those who want to retake the university must devote themselves [to] cultivating those virtues” of candidness and courage, “and perhaps even more to cultivating the virtue of patience, capitalizing wherever possible on whatever local opportunities present themselves” in exercising them (Tenured Radicals, xlvii).

Political Correctness and the University’s Pink Police State – Ryan Shinkel, Ethika Politika

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We must give up on the hope of restoring the past in this culture. It’s not that some aspects of the past shouldn’t be reclaimed, but rather that doing so, at least at a society-wide level, is not feasible at this point in time. The more we act as if it were so, the greater our losses will be once we definitively lose an unwinnable battle. This “take back America” stuff is self-deluding nostalgia, and the more conservatives believe it, the worse off they will be.

Roger Scruton’s Big Question for the Right – Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

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Ne razumem, zakaj so sicer inteligentni ljudje pripravljeni vedno znova ponavljati ene in iste neumnosti oziroma laži, ko gre denimo za razliko med zasebnim in državnim lastništvom podjetij? Jih ideologija povsem zaslepi? Ali gre morda za kako drugačno dojemanje tega, kaj je dobro, uspešno in za regijo pomembno podjetje?

Marcel Štefančič, jr. je danes v Studiu City izjavil:

“V Sloveniji imamo dva farmacevtska giganta, eden je Krka drugi je Lek. Krke nismo prodali, Lek smo prodali. Ali opazite kakšno razliko med njima? Vam jaz povem: od Krke živi kompletna regija, od Leka nima nihče nič.” (RTV 4D – Studio City, 22. sept. 2014)

Ampak že če preberete samo prve zadetke za geslo “Lek in Krka” v spletnem iskalniku, dobite povsem drugačno sliko.

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Dr. Cerar, ko ste leta 1990 s skupino študentov raziskovali te umore, ste pogumno in odločno predlagali, da bi zoper storilce vložili ovadbo, saj je jasno, »da sodijo ustrelitve na meji bolj pod opis dejanja v 46. členu KZ RS, kot pa v izvrševanju ustave in zakonov. Omenjeni 46. člen namreč povsem nedvoumno določa: ‘Kdor komu vzame življenje, se kaznuje z zaporom najmanj petih let.’« Vaš predlog je prav tako naletel na gluha ušesa. Vendar časi se spreminjajo in zdaj imate lepo priložnost, da kot odrasel moški na visokem položaju uresničite zamisli skromnega, a drznega in prodornega mladeniča …

Glede na vaše odlično stališče iz leta 1990 vas, dr. Cerar, prosim, da bi spodbudili g. Maslešo, da bi le našel dovolj moči in spoznal, da je bilo njegovo zanikanje zločinov na meji nadvse sporno dejanje in da naj zoper sebe in druge sodelujoče pri ubojih na meji napiše ovadbo (npr. s temi zločini se je še pred leti javno hvalil general Marijan Kranjc).

Predvsem pa naj novo državno vodstvo ponovno presodi, ali lahko človek, ki zanika zločine, pri katerih je sodeloval, še vodi Vrhovno sodišče RS.

Odprto pismo Miru Cerarju – Jože Dežman, Časnik

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If Orwell stands as the model leftist who exposed the horrors his own side was willing to commit, Herzen stands as one who went along even though he knew better. More than a limousine liberal, he was a sapphire socialist. In spite of all his natural skepticism, he was willing to overcome it—heroically, he thought—rather than be seen agreeing with the wrong people.

That said, it is no less true that Herzen was aware of this very weakness. “I hate phrases to which we [radicals] have grown used, like Christians to the Creed. They appear moral and good on the surface but they bind thought.”

The Minister of Paradox – Gary Saul Morson, The New Criterion

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Ali se je raznoterim činom vseh vrst italijanskih vojaških sil, ki so si tako strastno želele prihod svetega očeta na kostnico v Redipulji in si preko vojaškega ordinariata obdržale organizacijo dogodka tudi ob tihem nasprotovanju vernikov krajevne nadškofije, morda papeževo razmišljanje zdelo izzivalno?
Odgovora nimamo. Ostal pa nam je globok vtis, da je papež s svojimi besedami, pa tudi s samim potekom svojega sobotnega obiska, ko je pred osrednjo svečanostjo v Redipulji obiskal še avstro-ogrsko pokopališče v Foljanu, kjer dejansko počivajo ‘naši predniki’ (kdo izmed naših se je vojskoval v italijanskih vrstah!), pospravil z vsako ceneno nacionalno-vojaško retoriko. “Vojna je norost”… “in zdaj je čas joka”. In pika. Najbrž se je papež Frančišek zaradi istih razlogov izognil tudi običajni toplini do vernikov, saj se ni podal mednje niti ob prihodu niti ob odhodu: to ni bila ne vojaška parada ne praznik, česar tudi marsikateri vernik resnici na ljubo ni dojel.

To ni bila ne vojaška parada ne praznik – Igor Gregori, Novi glas

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Osnovna šola (in seveda celotna vzgojno-izobraževalna vertikala) je bolj ščitenje privilegija toplih malic in vožnje na delo, dopusta in povsem zagotovljenega delovnega mesta, njegovega lastništva, kakor realizacija tega, kar potrebuje družba in mladi ljudje: dobre izobrazbe in vzgoje.

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Zato je slovenska osnovna šola je podobna razvajenemu in z boleznijo zaznamovanemu otroku: imamo brez dvoma najbolj bogat predmetnik, najbolj obsežne učne načrte in najbolj centralizirano osnovno šolo v Evropi. Težko je našteti vse njene posebnosti, dejstvo pa je, da bi ob ostri redukciji vseh dobrot, ki jih uživa zdaj, brez dvoma padla v komo. Zato bo potrebna dolgotrajna dieta, da se bo vzpostavilo stanje, ki ne bo več ogrožalo normalnega vzgojno-izobraževalnega sistema.

Kriza blagostanja – Dušan Merc, Pogledi

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Doesn’t “progressive” reflect the spirit of the Progressive Era a century ago, when the country benefited from the righteous efforts of muckrakers and others who fought big-city political bosses, attacked business monopolies and promoted Good Government?

The era was partly about that. But philosophically, the progressive movement at the turn of the 20th century had roots in German philosophy (Hegel and Nietzsche were big favorites) and German public administration (Woodrow Wilson’s open reverence for Bismarck was typical among progressives). To simplify, progressive intellectuals were passionate advocates of rule by disinterested experts led by a strong unifying leader. They were in favor of using the state to mold social institutions in the interests of the collective. They thought that individualism and the Constitution were both outmoded.

It is that core philosophy extolling the urge to mold society that still animates progressives today—a mind-set that produces the shutdown of debate and growing intolerance that we are witnessing in today’s America.

The Trouble Isn’t Liberals. It’s Progressives – Charles Murray, The Wall Street Journal

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Predvsem pa se politika z etiko nima kaj ukvarjati. Naloga politike je, da poskrbi za pravno državo, ki bo pravočasno in pošteno kaznovala ljudi, ki prestopijo meje razumljivo napisanih in logičnih zakonov. Ko pa politiki začnejo govoriti, da morajo ljudje postati bolj etični, pa to pomeni, da želijo s svojimi instrumenti – ki so po definiciji instrumenti oblasti in prisile – spreminjati ljudi same.

Politik, ki si za cilj postavi spreminjati naravo ljudi, slej ko prej postane bodisi dalajlama bodisi stalinist.

Učna leta izumitelja Mirka – Janez Šušteršič, Siol.net

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Words you probably never thought you’d read in the Telegraph. Words which, as a Gladstonian Liberal, I never thought I’d write.

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This sort of utterly amoral screw-everyone capitalism has become much more prevalent in the last 15 years. Our financial elite is now totally out of control. They learned nothing from the crisis, except that the rest of us were stupid enough to give them a second chance. And, now, having plucked all the “low hanging fruit,” they’re destroying the middle classes for profit.

Our current problems have their roots in the early 80s. While much of what Reagan and Thatcher did was necessary, the trouble is that they set a deregulatory train in motion which, over the last couple of decades has dismantled so much of the legal framework that protected us from greedy scuzzballs.

The middle classes went along with it. We were sick of the Left, tired of powerful unions and, besides, very few us could remember the inequality of the 1920s that gave rise to many of these regulations in the first place. Also, vain fools that we were, we identified upwards. We thought the elite had our interests at heart. The 0.1% must have found this pretty cute. They knew the truth. We weren’t their pals, we were just at the end of the line for the financial blood-letting.

Why aren’t the British middle classes staging a revolution? – Alex Proud, The Telegraph

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I’d like to remind you of Alasdair MacIntyre’s definition of emotivism in After Virtue:

“What is the key to the social content of emotivism? It is the fact that emotivism entails the obliteration of any genuine distinction between manipulative and non-manipulative social relations. Consider the contrast between, for example, Kantian ethics and emotivism on this point. For Kant–and a parallel point could be made about many earlier moral philosophers–the difference between a human relationship uninformed by morality and one so informed is precisely the difference between one in which each person treat the other primarily as a means to his or her ends and one in which one treats each other as an end.”

Walsh almost exclusively uses others as means to his own end of scoring points in the culture wars (and boosting internet traffic). This is why his writing is so banal. It does not challenge anyone to drop their defenses.

In the end Walsh becomes like his enemies, because in his rivalries he plays a zero-sum cultural warrior game of ‘either me or the other’ (I just clicked on a link to an interview with him some random site and the popup ad predictably read “fight the liberal media”). Perhaps the only heuristic value of Walsh’s writing lies in the way that it suggests an overlap between MacIntyre‘s discussion of emotivism and Girard‘s discussion of mimetic rivalry.

On Not Fighting Matt Walsh’s Cultural Warrior Contagion – Artur Rosman, Cosmos in the Lost

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Za konec pa še naravnost genialni zapis Carla Truemana v First Things, ki ga zaradi kratkosti objavljamo kar v celoti:

Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports that anti-incest laws in Germany could be struck down on the grounds that they constitute an unacceptable intrusion into the right to sexual self-determination. The narrow context is the case of a brother and sister who have lived together for years and have four children. The wider context is the very meager basis upon which laws relating to sexual ethics are now built.

In a world where consent provides the only de facto limit to acceptable sexual ethics, this legal move has a certain obvious legal and cultural logic. If the brother and sister are in love, why should they not live together in a sexual partnership? Even the pragmatic argument from the risk of congenital defects in children is irrelevant: birth control and abortion are the obvious answers which this present age would give.

In fact, it is not so much the legitimation of incest in itself as it is the collapse of the boundaries of sexual taboos given our current ethical logic which makes the case significant. The question of consent is itself surely a complex one when it comes to sexual morality and even this might soon be faced with a serious challenge. Take, for example, bestiality (or, to use the more anodyne modern term, zoophilia). I regularly eat cows, pigs, sheep and chickens whose consent to be part of my diet is (I assume) rarely if ever sought before they arrive on my dinner plate. The law as it stands clearly does not recognize the need for a cow to give permission before it is slaughtered and turned into a hamburger. One assumes that it would not require its consent for a less drastic fate.

A thought thus comes to mind if any notion of sexual ethics is not to vanish in its entirety: Either consent is not a sufficient basis for a sexual ethic, or eating meat needs to be outlawed as soon as possible.

O političnem brezdomovinstvu – tretjič

Volitve Cerar

Prejšnji zapis v seriji je bil posvečen problemu politične ponudbe na Slovenskem. Zaključil sem ga z opazko o pomanjkanju spodobnosti med politiki kot pomembnem, morda celo poglavitnem razlogu za obseg političnega brezdomovinstva na Slovenskem.

V tretjem delu pozornost z vidika ponudbe premeščam na vidik povpraševanja. Namesto politikov, ki kar pogosto dajejo vtis, da se ne zavedajo, da je njihov delodajalec narod (in ne morda obratno), tokrat kanim okrcati narod sam. Zanj se namreč pogosto zdi, da se ne zaveda povsem tega, da je narod. V smislu skupnosti državljanov – kot nacija, kot država. 

Eden izmed izrazov takšnega stanja je „slabo povpraševanje“ ,značilno tako za velik del profiliranih volilcev, kot tudi za večino političnih brezdomovincev. Pri prvih se izraža predvsem kot neizbirčnost, pri drugih predvsem kot apatija.

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Dejstvo, da je osemdeset strokovnjakov pol leta pisalo program, ki je skorajda na ravni retardiranosti, pa priča o tem, da ga obdaja ekipa, ki je popolnoma nekredibilna in niti v sanjah ni sposobna odigrati zahtevnejše partije z rentniki.

Če k temu dodamo, da bo Cerar na volitvah odnesel tako silno zmago, da se bodo njegovi kadri zavlekli v vse pore družbe in tam postali ključni izvrševalci, da je bila s Štefancem pred nekaj meseci osvojena še zadnja nadzorna institucija, ki je tako postala mrtvoudna, in da bo medijski filter tesen kot še nikoli, potem je jasno, da je sezona lova na rente odprta in da lahko pričakujemo dokončni potop te institucionalno degenerirane družbe. Ampak v tem ni nič hudega, to je volja ljudstva.

Medtem bo na drugi strani političnega spektra, SDS-u uspelo dokazati, da so SLS in NSi leglo odurnih udbovcev, murgelskih agentov, političnih prevarantov in komunističnih likvidatorjev.

Kdo bo v imenu Saibabe Cerarja plenil po državi? – Kizo, Portal Plus

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Če je torej vaš svetovni nazor res klasično liberalen, potem je vaša vloga v tem svetu lahko samo obstranskega pomena. In če niste ravno preveč nagnjeni k samomorilskemu obnašanju, potem pozabite na velike zgodbe, ki bi vas iz libertarca spremenile v oportunističnega socialnega inženirja. Dojemite že enkrat Rothbarda in Nozicka (tudi če se izključujeta) in temu primerno zavzemite svoj prostor v družbi. Povedano drugače, čistosti misli ne morete ohraniti s statistiko o tem, koliko ljudi ste z jehovskim pogledom in na kratki rok prepričali z vašo zgodbo. In če vas to spoznanje pahne v depresijo, potem se sprijaznite, da ste v resnici zakrinkani totalitarec, ne pa klasični liberalec.

Zakaj morate zavrniti idejo klasičnega liberalizma? – Rado Pezdir, Pogledi

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Zato je korak N.Si naproti v Sloveniji praktično nezastopanemu liberalizmu pogumen. Neizogibno namreč ustvarja trenja med strujami v stranki sami in pretrese v njihovem volilnem telesu. Če bodo želeli širiti svojo bazo prek do zdaj večinoma starejše demografije in ruralnega okolja, imajo pred seboj verjetno še precej izzivov. Za začetek bi jim svetoval, da posvojijo misel Thomasa Jeffersona, ki je – sicer precej veren mož – v razmisleku o toleranci do ljudi, ki mislijo in živijo drugače kot bi on, zapisal: »Če me ne boli in me ne udari po žepu, zakaj bi bilo to meni mar.« In spomnijo naj se nanjo, ko bo prišla znova naokoli kakšna debata o pravicah istospolno usmerjenih ali o marihuani …

Nehajte deliti, česar ni in kar ni vaše – Rok Novak, Finance

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The ethical conservative believes, with Samuel Johnson, in knowledge of the commonsense kind derived from experience, including the historical experience of humanity, which Edmund Burke called “the general bank and capital of nations and of ages.” This kind of conservative sees the usefulness of humble, honest, informed reason, but he honestly concedes, with Socrates, that there is much he does not and cannot know, limited as he is by his particular experience and imperfect reason. He holds much of what he knows tentatively, admitting that he cannot prove conclusively much of what nevertheless seems certainly so. He accepts this uncertainty as an inescapable aspect of human existence and is deeply skeptical of attempts to construct elaborate systems of abstract knowledge or ambitious schemes for restructuring society, confessing with Russell Kirk that “[t]he cardinal principle of conservative thought is the conviction that new systems and structures incline dangerously toward presumption.”

What Is ‘Ethical Conservativism’? – Brian Patrick Mitchell, The American Conservative

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The people who wrote the Constitution of the United States understood what dangers there are to the freedom of the people — and that freedom can be quietly eroded by degrees, rather than taken all at once. Too many people today seem oblivious to such dangers. So what if the government used the muscle of the Internal Revenue Service to keep groups opposed to the Obama administration tied up in red tape or litigation in an election year? Enough games like that can make our elections meaningless.

America’s Birthday – Thomas Sowell, Frontpage Magazine  

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Latin American political movements will continue to misuse religious doctrine and abuse sacred imagery to make their policies resonate with a Christian audience wary of the Church’s history of supporting authoritarian governments against Communist movements. In this context, Pope Francis’s rhetoric is an important first step in helping to reclaim Christ from the revolutionaries.

How Hugo Chávez Became the New Christ – Lisa Carrol-Davis, First Things

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Če naj bo domoljubje sestavni del našega načrta za prihodnosti, potem naj bo to najprej ljubezen do slovenske kulture in jezika. Ne moreš biti domoljub, če sovražiš človeka, ki živi v tvoji bližini samo zato, ker ni v isti stranki, ne hodi v isto cerkev, ne deli istih življenjskih prepričanj. Domoljub pomeni, da ljubiš svojo zemljo, da jo obdeluješ, ne mečeš odpadkov nanjo, je ne uničuješ na kakršen koli drugačen način. Biti domoljub avtomatično ne pomeni, da si desno usmerjen, domoljub tudi ni vsakdo, čigar bele in rdeče krvničke so v dveh zadnjih generacijah potrjeno slovenske – kaj pa mi vemo, kaj so počele naše babice?

Kdo je pravi Slovenec? – Natalija Gorščak, RTV Slovenija

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Italijani danes zavračajo fašizem, katerega so sami zamesili in izvozili po celem svetu. Fašizem, ki se je zarodil iz nacionalistične retorike in nasilja prve svetovne vojne. Zavračati fašizem in obenem podpirati nacionalistične mite, tudi s posrednim in prikritim čaščenjem, ki so odločilno botrovali njegovemu nastanku, je primerljivo obsojanju strupenih sadežev drevesa ob njegovem istočasnem zalivanju. Upamo, da bosta predsednika o vsem tem pomislila, ko bosta izražala čast italijanskim »mučenikom« v Svetišču pri Rodopolju, ki so napadali in morili njihove prednike, osvajali njihova ozemlja, ter jih »poveličevali« s krvjo ubogih vojakov, primoranih v smrt ali pred strelski vod.

Izjava ob dogodku v Rodopolju – Časnik

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Pluralism, education, open markets: these were once Arab values and they could be so again. Today, as Sunnis and Shias tear out each others’ throats in Iraq and Syria and a former general settles onto his new throne in Egypt, they are tragically distant prospects. But for a people for whom so much has gone so wrong, such values still make up a vision of a better future.

The tragedy of the Arabs – The Economist

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