Power over institutions

I have absolute political power. I will capture the institutions, and they’ll never be able to hold me accountable for any phase of my government”. This is no quote from Machiavelli’s “Prince”. It is the unwritten rule of governing in the Balkans, and we are all its victims. We should finally start changing them so… »

Citizen can change the system

We’ll know that the real reforms and institution-building have began when we see a wave of insider testimonies from these same institutions, because it will mean that the employees trust the state of Montenegro, are willing to change certain things, put the public interest above their superiors, and that Montenegrin institutions are capable of leading… »

Crisis of ideas

Judging by the consequences of the numerous crises we live through, we could say there are not enough actors offering solutions. This suggests that the biggest crisis is the crisis of ideas… Crisis of ideas – (pdf)

Negotiations

The beginning of accession talks is the turning point in the development of a mature political culture in a country where clientelism and authority always had the upper hand over democratic principles and procedures… Negotiations – (pdf)

Among the masks

After 2011, which won us the freedom to talk about anyone and anything without worrying too much about evidence, the biggest progress in 2012 would be sort out who represents whom, what personal and political ambitions lie behind it, what means lie at their disposal, and who finances the whole thing… Among the masks –… »

Acceleration of the post-traumatic society

These days, a Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival is being held in Podgorica, but it will not feature a movie that would tell how horrible and traumatic path of us as a society was to come to the first political party, the first bank, the first controversial businessmen, etc, even though we have such… »

The stage of our reality

Until that moment, which will be fiercely resisted by the existing rulers, because deep insidethey know they have been left behind the times, the rest of us can continue to watch the political theatre ever day, in hyper-realistic forms and without “aesthetics of responsibility”, whereas our artists stand aside waiting for opportunities and glory to… »

Return to Ourselves

It is time to stopfighting the imaginary enemy, and fight the enemy in ourselves. Such victories could be a proof that we’re climbing out of the periphery – not the words which, but being shouted too loudly for too long, lost their credibility and power… Return to Ourselves – (pdf)

Legalised corruption?

There’s no doubt that many levers of this government have been shaken. Without a skilled, committed and comprehensive effort, however, this in itself will not make its own collapse… Legalised corruption? – (pdf)

Pride

Some issues are simply not popular. Which is exactly why it’s the duty of all of us who do not feel like discriminated minorities to push for these topics, to insist on them even if those directly concerned cannot. For our sake, as much as for theirs. You never know when you’ll end up being… »