3485Re: [Slovak-World] Classic Article on "grotesque creation of Versailles"
- Jun 7, 2003
> what may be described as romantic anarchistsThat's a great description, Andrea, I'll remember that.
> many Slovaks did feel disadvantaged by the Czech majority, but on theI agree completely. Actually, the same opinion polls that show that a
> other hand they mostly saw the advantages of maintaining the union
large majority of the Slovaks (and Czechs) wanted for Czecho-Slovakia to
remain one country, also show the two groups to have very divergent,
perhaps irreconcilable views on its political makeup (centralist - Czechs;
federal-confederate - Slovaks).
Of course, Rothbard didn't know that. Although I don't think he had valid
arguments for why the country was splitting, or should split, his piece
was no less informed than the arguments of those who lamented the
approaching split at that time. And it's useful to see that someone
basically said "why not," instead of the incessant "oh, my" one read at
that time, supported by equally unfounded arguments. Thanks for it again,
Andrea, I'll include it in my course materials.
> How they ultimately interpret the past will depend on the long termI essentially thought the same then. In my view, Slovakia's main issue at
> outcome. But this time they have no one to blame but their fellow
that time was its (state) government, and that issue was not going to
change regardless of whether Czecho-Slovakia was one country, or two. I
also thought that Slovakia's problem was that it had no "reasonable"
politicians/parties, who'd find it natural to look after its regional
They still don't to the same degree that its post-communist neighbors do.
Many "reasonable" Slovak politicians still tend to look for a kind of
authority, or guidance outside their country. The Parliament often passes
bills, which were earlier adopted in Prague, just like in the former
federation; and the politicians sound like they see Brussels as their new
"Prague" -- an authority to grumble about on occasion, while mostly, and
contentedly implementing its decisions. A change in this, if it comes,
could not have taken place, had Slovakia stayed in the former federation.
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