Why Slovenia? The Power of Freedom
Why did the street protests in Slovenia happen? Why the political crisis? Why the economic crisis?
I write about the deeper causes of the current political crisis, about global human society, I offer concrete solutions for the introduction of an economic and direct democracy, a sustainable way of life and for an economy boost with numerous green jobs.
Gojko Stanič, PhD More
Why did the street protests in Slovenia happen? What do the protesters demand? Why the political crisis? Why the economic crisis?
The participants of the Slovenian nation-wide uprising on 21st December 2012 demanded the replacement of all the politicians. Already in 1990 the class of partitocracy had been formed. It controls the majority of large companies, it inhibits free enterprise, it inhibits the growth of companies and destroys business with the nationalisation of former self-governing, private companies. Based on the domination of state capitalism, corruption has become rife.
The disgruntled citizens at the protests demand the introduction of a direct economic and political democracy.
Until 1990 Slovenia was “The Switzerland of socialism". The employees freely managed their own self-governing companies. They decided on the use of the total profit. Political parties, which came to power after the first multi-party elections in 1990, nationalised 1300 self-governing companies, where 382,000 self-managers were employed. On average only 20% of the ownership was left to the employees.
The new state and parastatal owners of former self-governing companies did not invest fresh capital into the companies, but have only drained them. They have already sold a lot of them. They intend to sell more of them. Especially since the year 2004 there have been numerous tycoon takeovers with which companies are being drained. Since the start of the crisis in 2008 a lot of indebted companies, mainly in the construction industry, have gone bankrupt due to the wrong development policy. Capital-intensive businesses are controlled by the partitocracy, and by financial tycoons.
In 1990 around 50,000 people were unemployed in Slovenia, now there are around 120,000 of them.
The partitocratic political elite, immediately after 1990, adopted regulations with which they prevented any serious political competition. For twenty-two years there have been more or less the same members of the partitocratic class governing in Slovenia, and they are destroying the companies.
Healthy new companies are not yet strong enough to bear the heavy burden of public spending. Those nationalised companies, which were taken over and controlled by the employees, are operating very well.
In this book I write about the deeper causes of the current political crisis in Slovenia, and about global human society. In reflection I offer concrete solutions for the introduction of an economic and direct democracy, and for an economy boost with numerous green jobs.
In the book I compare the four decades of self-governing socialist regime and twenty-two years of capitalism. I offer optimal solutions based on the six decades of experience with two economic regimes, which Slovenians have experienced.
In the informational-ecological era the class struggle between capital owners and wage-earners is no longer a driving force of social development. The driving force of social development is the struggle of all for human survival. In the book I write about the obsoleteness of the socialist and capitalist ideas. I introduce the social 'eco-ist' regime. Its goal is a sustainable way of life, lowering living costs and a higher quality of life for the seven billion people (on earth).
The book deals with Slovenian society. It also indicates possible solutions for the EU and other societies.
As long as parliaments around the world are controlled by representatives who are interested in the current way of life, which is based on fossil energy, it will not be possible to accept political decisions that would introduce a sustainable way of life, and end the current political and global economic crisis. The introduction of direct economic and political democracy enables us to survive.
Gojko Stanič, PhD