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  1. Željko Zidarić avatar

    Croatians think that they have a HOT tourism industry.

    We need a reality check - which we can get through some benchmarking.

    Croatia is only the 14th most popular tourist destination in Europe.


    Croatia is the ranked 14th in terms of revenue generation from the tourism industry. Compare now to Sweden which ranks 12th for the number of visitors but 10th for revenue in Europe. In 2011 Sweden earned 47% more revenue per visitor than did Croatia. What does Sweden have that Croatia does not?


    Croatia has the second highest number of people employed in the tourism industry. 2011 stats indicate that 143,900 people work directly in the tourism industry. This is 12.7% of the 2011 workforce. Only Malta has a higher percentage of the workforce working in tourism. In Sweden only 1.7% of the workforce works in tourism.


    Croatia earns only a mid-level amount of revenue per visitor. earning only $943 per visitor. The average of the top 10 European countries is $1,472. Serbia has only 7.7% of the visitors that Croatia has but it earns $1,298 while Slovenia earns $1,334.

    Now look at Sweden. In the chart above we see that only 1.7% of employed people work in the tourism interest, but Sweden earns more per visitor at $1,276.


    Sweden earns an astounding $171,375 per employee in the tourism industry.
    Croatia earns just $65,073.


  2. Željko Zidarić avatar
    The draft law has been submitted to the Croatian Parliament
    - view here in Croatian

    ACT ON EXPROPRIATION AND DETERMINING COMPENSATION

    CHAPTER I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
    Article 2

    Property may be expropriated, if other specific law does not say otherwise, when it is necessary for the construction of buildings or works in the interest of Croatia and when it is appraised that the use of the property, which is proposed to be expropriated, will have greater benefits than those that are achieved using this property in the current manner.

    The property within the meaning of paragraph 1 of this Article shall be expropriated for carrying out works or construction of economic infrastructure (transport, electronic communication, water management, energy), cemeteries and other communal infrastructure, health, education, cultural and sports facilities, industrial, energy, transport and electronic communications facilities, buildings for the Croatian judiciary, army and police, exploration and exploitation of minerals and other resources.

    The property within the meaning of paragraph 1 of this article may be expropriated and when it is necessary for construction of other buildings and performing other work in the interest of Croatian or when it is necessary for the realization of strategic projects and construction of strategic facilities.
  3. Željko Zidarić avatar


    How would I protect property rights in a constitution?

    I am not a lawyer - but you can get the idea.
    I give precedence to the individual over the state.


    Property Rights


    Concept of Property

    Three types of property exist; real, tangible and intangible.

    Ownership of lands and waters (real property) within the boundaries of national territory is vested originally in the Nation, which has had and has, the right to transmit title thereof to private persons, thereby constituting private (real) property.

    Ownership of tangible and intangible property is vested originally in the person that created the property.



    Rights of the Owner

    All persons have the right to ownership and enjoyment of private property. The right to sell, transfer and inherit all types of property is guaranteed.

    The government will not interfere with usage of private property that does not harm other persons. Property owners have ownership of the products of their property.

    The state will protect the property rights of all persons. The state will protect against, but not limited to, depriving of enjoyment, damage, infringement, trespass or theft of private property by other persons and private or public entities.


    Restrictions by the Commons

    Ownership of real property, in exceptional circumstances, may revert to the nation, through a lawful process of expropriation, only for use by the nation for the common good.

    The government may appropriate real or tangible property on a temporary basis in the case of national emergency if the property directly aids in ending the emergency. At the end of the emergency the property reverts back to the pre-emergency owner.

    Property owners will be compensated fairly, without delay, either in equitable real property or at fair market market value plus a 33% premium for the services or ownership of their property - at the discretion of the property owner. Property owners will be reimbursed for costs associated with damages and relocation.

    Usage of property may be exceptionally restricted by law for the purposes of protecting the interests and security of the nation, the natural environment and human health.


  4. Željko Zidarić avatar
    It appears that the Croatian Constitution was modelled on the German Constitution.

    But notice the huge difference between Croatian and German

    Article 14 [Property, inheritance, expropriation]

    (1) Property and the right of inheritance shall be guaranteed. Their content and limits shall be defined by the laws.

    (2) Property entails obligations. Its use shall also serve the public good.

    (3) Expropriation shall only be permissible for the public good. It may only be ordered by or pursuant to a law that determines the nature and extent of compensation. Such compensation shall be determined by establishing an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected. In case of dispute respecting the amount of compensation, recourse may be had to the ordinary courts.
  5. Željko Zidarić avatar
    The Croatian Constitution

    Article 48 gives property rights

    • The right of ownership shall be guaranteed.
    • Ownership shall imply obligations. Holders of the right of ownership and its users shall contribute to the general welfare.
    • A foreign person may exercise the right of ownership under the conditions specified by law.
    • The right of inheritance shall be guaranteed.



    Article 50 easily takes away property rights.

    • In the interest of the Republic of Croatia, ownership may be restricted or rescinded by law, subject to indemnification equal to the market value of the pertinent property.
    • Free enterprise and property rights may be exceptionally restricted by law for the purposes of protecting the interests and security of the Republic of Croatia, nature and the human environment and human health.


    Article 50 is very vague and all encompassing.

    Also curios is the statement "Ownership shall imply obligations. Holders of the right of ownership and its users shall contribute to the general welfare. "

    What sort of obligation does a property holder have to contribute to the general welfare and what specifically is the general welfare?

    Croatian Constitution - in Croatian

  6. Željko Zidarić avatar
    In the United States "Eminent Domain" is the American version of Expropriations.

    Eminent Domain was defined in the US Constitution in the Fifth Amendment. Private real property was protected quite well until 2005 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kelo v. City of New London that the city of New London could take nonblighted private property by eminent domain for the purpose of increasing municipal revenue.

    After the Supreme Court ruling, states started to pass legislation protecting people rights to their property and curbing the power of eminent domain.

    Forty-two states have enacted legislation or passed ballot measures during 2005 - 2011 in response to the Kelo decision. The laws and ballot measures generally fall into the following categories:
    • Restricting the use of eminent domain for economic development, enhancing tax revenue or transferring private property to another private entity (or primarily for those purposes).
    • Defining what constitutes public use.
    • Establishing additional criteria for designating blighted areas subject to eminent domain.
    • Strengthening public notice, public hearing and landowner negotiation criteria, and requiring local government approval before condemning property.
    • Requiring compensaton at greater than fair market value.



    Sources:
    Eminent domain: Whose land is it anyway?
    Eminent Domain Overview
  7. Željko Zidarić avatar
    In last year's EU election, we got the following parliamentarians representing Croatia.
    Have any of them managed to do anything for Croatia in Brussels?

    Blue team
    Ruža Tomašić, Andrej Plenković, Dubravka Šuica, Davor Ivo Stier, Ivana Maletić, Zdravka Bušić

    Red team
    Tonino Picula, Biljana Borzan, Marino Baldini, Oleg Valjalo, Sandra Petrović Jakovina, Nikola Vuljanić 15,01%
  8. Željko Zidarić avatar
    Does the Tragedy of the Commons apply to an economy?


    Distributism

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributist
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_acres_and_a_cow

    Distributism (also known as distributionism or distributivism) is an economic ideology that developed in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century based upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, especially the teachings of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Rerum Novarum and Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno.

    According to distributists, property ownership is a fundamental right[4] and the means of production should be spread as widely as possible rather than being centralized under the control of the state (state socialism), individuals (plutocracy), or corporations (corporatocracy). Distributism therefore advocates a society marked by widespread property ownership and, according to co-operative economist Race Mathews, maintains that such a system is key to bringing about a just social order.

    Distributism has often been described in opposition to both socialism and capitalism, which distributists see as equally flawed and exploitative. Thomas Storck argues that "both socialism and capitalism are products of the European Enlightenment and are thus modernizing and anti-traditional forces. In contrast, distributism seeks to subordinate economic activity to human life as a whole, to our spiritual life, our intellectual life, our family life".
    Updated 10th-March-2014 at 01:08 AM by Željko Zidarić
  9. Željko Zidarić avatar
    Ne podrzavamo ekstremiste
    We do not support extremism




    Zelimo stvoriti novu filozofiju "Hrvatski Konzervativizam"
    Uzmemo najbolje ideje iz svijeta i stvorimo nesto lijepo nase.

    We want to create a new philosophy of "Croatian Conservatism"
    We will take the best ideas from around the world and create a philosophy of our own.

  10. Željko Zidarić avatar
    Translation by Google Translate


    We are

    Austria needs to take urgent measures that our living standards improve , without getting further into debt.

    We can no more debt and have to make it finally begin to repay our debts. The debt brake is in the constitutional status and any non-compliance will be sanctioned accordingly. I argue that politicians a pass oath , which they should commit to certain principles. For example, if a politician supports a law, which causes more debt, he should resign immediately!

    We need a simple and fair tax , a flat tax, which means every citizen, without loopholes and privileges. Companies that invest in domestic, should be exempt from tax in the amount of their investments. This means that is jobs in the country . Currently, there are so absurd tax rules, companies that invest their money abroad, favorable tax treatment in Austria, which should be abolished.

    Particularly important is that we reduce the huge gap between the wealthy and the workers, their companies are employees participate in the profits . So the workers are motivated. They are at their success, they miterwirtschaften so by their industry involved.

    We are managed! We in the civilized way reduce administration .

    Finally I would like to say that Austria is a strong and united Europe is to contribute, we will help preserve peace and freedom to
    encourage people, goods and capital. I know there is confusion on this issue and there are many diverse opinions, but for me as a man in the world economy is clear: Austria must take their future into their own hands and their own economic and financial policy to return.

    There are many more extremely in need of reform issues in our country, such as healthcare, the pension system, education, security, immigration, etc. These issues need to observe the people involved are, it need solutions outside of party politics to be found.


    More democracy - Less party politics
    The government is the management team of a country. Citizens should also be involved in important reforms.

    Unfortunately, Austria has hardly capable politician. The aim of our politician: elected or re-elected. This means that Austria is mainly governed by power politics and not on socio-economic criteria.

    We all know that practice on the one hand, the industry, especially banks as well as various associations and trade unions on the other hand, the major influence on who is on the party list. The political power structure is largely paralyzed and virtually inherited from election to election.

    This system is more democratic and transparent must be broken so.

    Austria has a political power conservation system that is built on "cronyism" and incest - It's time to change that.

    In politics, we therefore need competition and competition in order to move forward the best politicians, namely those who understand the economy. Because if the economy does not work, then nothing works.

    Who wants to be party leader should, therefore, be elected by the respective party members in a democratic manner as any Member of Parliament should be elected in his constituency of the citizens living there. It is important that our Members of Parliament and really legitimized not only appears to democratically represent us.

    Currently, most banks and unions to determine who in the National Council and above all, who comes into the government, not us citizens.

    There are many extremely in need of reform policies in Austria, and in all there are many different opinions, usually with a certain authority. These include topics such as administration, education, health, safety, environment and immigration. But there are a variety of views on these issues and therefore it is not so easy to agree here and find solutions.

    These important issues will therefore be discussed in public, without a "political show" and without that, the parties and politicians blame each other and assign insult. We need fundamental changes and solutions that shape our lives and our future generations sustainably, and without the influence of each day and party politics to be found and implemented.

    It is therefore particularly important to involve the citizens of our country to solve these problems: we are therefore introducing a citizen representative.

    Regarding the appointment of citizen representatives, we propose that we should take guidance from a proven over many years, democratic system - the jury system. Similarly, one could create a random number from each electoral district a list of potential council members.

    The citizens' representatives in parliament to bring in the most important topic suggestions. They would deal with issues that can not be solved politically, especially with the administrative, educational, health care reform, immigration and environmental policy.

    The Frank Stronach Institute for social and economic justice calls for the establishment of a citizens' representation, because we are convinced that the less on partisan political interests, but more takes on the long-term interests of our country into consideration.



    Paying down debt - Promoting Growth
    Every housewife knows she can not spend more money than earned the family, otherwise the family will at some point to the poorhouse. Every farmer knows that if he spends more than it earns, he will lose, sooner or later his court. Every trader knows he can no longer issue, take as, otherwise, the operation goes bankrupt.

    Everyone knows this, just ignore the politics das. why Austria has lost its creditworthiness.

    Many politicians make promises and give large sums of tax money to get elected and reelected. Our standard of living is still high, but we need to understand that a lot is built on debt.

    We have too many debts and pay huge interest rates - over 10 billion euros this year - and every year. The interest payments even exceed the budget for education, arts and culture, which consists of 8 billion euros.

    If we do nothing, growing mountain of debt and the annual interest to be paid indefinitely. The "real" Austrian government debt ratio is almost at 100 percent, because by ÖBB, Asfinag and BIG (Federal Real Estate Company) are added outsourced federal debt to official government debt ratio.

    A high national debt can quickly spiral out of control and drastic impact - to government default. Austria may not be Greece!

    We need to ensure that our politicians continue to borrow and do not advocate that Austria has introduced a mandatory for all politicians in the constitutional debt brake.

    Germany has introduced a debt brake in 2009, and even those lifted into the constitution. The debt brake means that the public budget must be financed without further borrowing. Be achieved over a given cycle must be a balanced budget, that is, when will be included in a recession, more loans, this must be balanced during an economic upswing again.

    Switzerland also introduced in 2003, the debt brake in the constitution, after the people had previously been asked about it. The Federal Financial Management estimates that reduced since the introduction of the debt brake in 2004, the government debt ratio of 60 percent of the time until the year 2014 to 34 percent of GDP.

    Also, most U.S. states have compensated according to their constitutions the obligation be accounted for. Especially in this context, but one can see that the commitments are only useful if they are also equipped with an appropriate sanction mechanism. So we need some enforcement tools to enforce compliance with the debt brake can also. Politicians need to be responsible for their actions.

    During the election campaign is promised a lot, it is ultimately to secure votes. We must however recognize that the state can give us nothing he has not taken us before. It is the responsibility of us voters to reject political promise that can not be in the long-term interests of the country. For we must all be aware that our cost of public spending based on lending money - one day we have to pay back our children and grandchildren this through higher taxes and nasty cuts.

    If Austria had no debt, our standard of living would be higher and especially long term. The country would be more competitive and this is the best position to create and preserve jobs.


    Wealth creation - involved employees
    Laws of nature are stronger than man-made laws.

    One of the most important laws of nature is: The main reason why people get up in the morning, that they want to make a better life for themselves and their families. So people want to create wealth.

    In order to achieve prosperity, it needs capital. It is created by three driving forces: labor, management and the capital itself All three have a moral claim on the profit, which is achieved through them.

    Investors expect a reasonable return on their money. The management brings knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit, and therefore expects a fair salary. The employees contribute through hard work and diligence in ensuring that profits arise, they should therefore be involved in the profit made accordingly.

    Magna a formula for the distribution of profits in its own corporate governance has been enshrined. The "Magna Corporate Constitution" was the first of its kind, it was already 30 years in power.

    In effect, this ensures that all who contribute to profit, to receive a share of it. This creates incentives for employees, management and investors, while a balance between the interests.

    Balance is very important for a society. One of the main problems of our society is that the gap between the wealthy and the common people is too large. We therefore need structures that ensure that all employees share in the profits of a company. Companies that have a certain size, where there really no clear owner is more, should be required to pay out a portion of their profits to their employees.

    The employees have a moral right to participate in the success of their company to be. In addition, the involvement of employees leads to a change in thinking: When employees are involved in the success Ibers company, they are much more motivated, thus the company will automatically competitive.

    The large gap between the wealthy and the ordinary people must be reduced. If all pull together, so owners, managers and employees work together to improve their products or services together continuously, their company will be better than your competition. You will develop better products, more customers and have recorded a higher profit, ultimately benefits all.

    Lately a lot of talk about how we can distribute wealth, while it would be much more important to wonder how we can create wealth. Employees to participate in the success of their company is an important contribution to creating wealth in our society.


    Growing up with simpler and fairer tax
    We need economic growth, because it means jobs. If more people are working to reduce the social costs and increase tax revenues.

    The greatest influence on economic growth, the tax system - we need a simplified tax system, a so-called flat tax all personal income tax. you, all business income and all capital income (dividends and interest) with the same percentage.

    The current tax system hinders the economic growth for several reasons: it is so complicated that hardly anyone knows about and it brings numerous conditions and provisions with them, that employers are more concerned to prepare for an audit, as with its actual business.

    Companies that invest their earnings in Austria, should be of the tax (flat tax) free, because that brings jobs in the country. Companies that invest their profits earned abroad in Austria are subject to taxation. If the money stays in the company, it means jobs, that is, without payment are not subject to tax. Furthermore, there should be no complicated rules on depreciation, the cost of machinery, etc., should be recognized directly in purchasing.

    The flat tax would be between 20 and 40%. The correct percentage is to be found in the course of time, he should after a few years are 20%, once the old structures are changed. This is the basic idea of ​​the flat tax. There are no loopholes and privileges. The flat tax is simple to understand, promote economic growth and reduce the administrative burden tremendously. Of course the tax should be retained, perhaps even expanded. Sun Richer are taxed higher, presumably because they buy expensive cars, expensive wine, etc..

    With such a simple control system it takes a lot less tax advisors and financial experts. Of course, these professionals are not on the simplified tax (flat tax) to be pleased. It is very important that we lead our country back again into the real economy, where products are produced. Over the last decades we have grown more and more of a financial business, where we only paper back and forth. Can be a dangerous way, because paper can not eat.

    We need to create real wealth, not redistribute our dwindling wealth. The economy is driven by three forces: hard-working staff, prudent management and the capital itself No matter how diligent the workers are not smart managers will be no profit made. Smart managers will find all over the world work, but we want to keep them in Austria. The tax system affects quite significantly, whether the economy is growing, stagnating or shrinking. It is the job of politicians to ensure that it grows, so will jobs be created and, thus, there are fewer people on the poverty line.


    Reduce administration - increase competitiveness!
    We managed 183 national councils, 63 cabinet members, 14 ministers, state secretaries and 4, in addition, we also have a federal president. In addition, there are nine governors and their deputies, 84 district captains and their deputies and 2357 municipal mayors and their deputies.

    In the health system, we spend 22 social insurance plus the Federation of Social Insurance. In total, 23 Chairmen and 23 Vice Chairman and a host of directors and officers.

    Furthermore, we have three large chambers: the Chamber, the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Agriculture, all three are umbrella organizations for the nine provincial chambers. There is also the chambers of the professions - including for example the General Medical Council, the Bar Association, the Chamber of Notaries, the Chamber of Auditors, the Pharmacists' Association, the Chamber of Architects and Civil engineers. With each president, president-deputy and a variety of directors and officers, of course.

    This would result are also huge issues for many splendid office buildings and luxury car service.

    I always say, if the workers on the factory floor to work ever so diligently, but the government is too big, can not this company be competitive. Then eat the administrative expenses of the hard-won gains.

    I always stress that may be in for a civilized society no one scapegoat. It is not the fault of government employees that the bureaucracy is so bloated. We are all responsible because we have developed a strong sense of entitlement over to the government and call on many issues immediately after the coup as a problem solver.

    But the state can give us nothing he has not previously taken from us!

    Austria has managed over.

    The administration does not produce anything, and nothing contributes to value creation in our country. But it costs huge amounts of tax money is used and in many cases their own hold on power.

    The main tasks of the state to maintain internal and external security. In a civilized society no one should suffer from hunger, be homeless or be without health care. Compliance with these minimum standards is a core responsibility of government.

    The state should focus on these core tasks, and meet them effectively.

    We need far fewer, simpler laws, and thus much less government. Many items could be saved.

    Instead of working through bureaucratic red tape it, make it difficult to value creation in the private sector, would be a more stripped-management workers for value-adding activities in the private sector jobs.



    Europe needs competition, rather than leveling
    We know that there are on the euro and the European economic policy, many opinions. It can not be right that a country that has sound economic structures, a country with weak economic structures subsidized.

    Europe has serious problems that have arisen mainly through the establishment of monetary union. Many economically weak countries are using cheap borrowed money and financed a high standard of living, without realizing that this was but generates real.

    Often a comparison is made with the U.S., but have an entirely different situation: the cultures of Europe are rooted in thousands of years old and very strong. A large part of American society was formed about 200 years of British immigrants, the situation and culture of these immigrants was similar. With us, but there are a variety of cultures and mentalities, Italians are different from German, Greeks, unlike the French and so on.

    Greece is a prime example: For thousands of years, the Greeks were independent. Greece is the cradle of Western culture and democracy. In the 21st century, then the EU will have new rules, equitable access to money and other enticements that drive Greece into the de facto bankruptcy. Now we force the Greeks to have more money and strict austerity! No wonder that the people revolted. You should let Greece go its own way. It is clear that to help a neighbor in need, but you can not help finance a generous lifestyle in the long run, will then lose all. It must be understood once on European policy.

    The main concern of the Europeans after the two world wars was to finally have peace. Over time, we worked closely together economically. The European Community ensured free movement of persons, goods and capital. The economy prospered for many years. The engine of the so-called economic miracle was the competition that prevailed in all major sectors. There was a competition of legal systems and the locations, currencies, tax systems, social systems, education systems. But then a serious mistake was made: Instead of purely focusing on the economy and competition, a political union was founded. The establishment of the European Union with its huge bureaucracy has done nothing to further economic growth, on the contrary, this bureaucracy knows nothing about the economy and prevent the all-important competition of their ongoing effort to harmonize many areas. It is so long, "harmonized", until all countries are on the same stage - namely, on the bottom!

    The economic and foreign ministers would be able to implement the wishes of the Europeans for peace and prosperity easily, without forcing the people a political system and the associated bureaucracy. It is very important that we break up again politically and return to our sovereign economic and financial policy. It will thereby be a natural market-based process that various currencies couple together again, as before the introduction of the euro was the case.

    It is feared that the aim of the ruling elites in Europe to build a centrally governed state in which the sovereign rights of the individual countries would be lost for ever - all based on the belief in the power of the central bureaucracy.
  11. Željko Zidarić avatar
    Hrvatski List 5. srpnja 2012

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  12. Željko Zidarić avatar
    Note to readers

    I wish I had found this earlier
    - there already exist concepts of Civic and Cultural forms of Nationalism
    My reconceptualization of nationalism for Croatia comes closest to Cultural Nationalism

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civic_nationalism
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_nationalism

    “Ethnic” nationalism sees ancestry, typically expressed in racial terms, as the key social boundary defining the national “we.”

    Ethnic = Race + Ancestry
    Promote dominant ethnic group’s culture
    Restrictive immigration and it does not encourage assimilation

    "Cultural" nationalism is defined by a shared (inherited) culture, as opposed to, for instance, its ethnicity or its institutions. Cultural nationalism has been described as a variety of nationalism that is neither purely civic nor purely ethnic.

    Cultural = Religion + Language + Traditions
    Promote dominant ethnic group’s culture
    Conditional immigration and encourages assimilation

    “Civic” or ideological nationalism requires only respect for a country’s institutions and laws for belonging. This perspective is more global, and is a view open to minorities or immigrants, at least in principle. Found mainly in multicultural nations.

    Civic = Territory + Citizenship + Will and Consent + Ideology + Institutions and Rights
    Promote no ethnic cultures or promote minority ethnic cultures
    Open Immigration and does not encourage assimilation


    Michael Ignatieff (1993) says - "... civic nationalism maintains that the nation should be composed of all those -- regardless of race, color, creed, gender, language, or ethnicity -- who subscribe to the nation' political creed. This nationalism is called civic because it envisages the nation as a community of equal, rights-bearing citizens, united in patriotic attachment to a shared set of political practices and values. This nationalism is necessarily democrtatic, since it vest sovereignty in all the people"


    Types of nationalism
    Cultural nationalism defines the nation by shared culture. It is based on being an integrated member of a common, national culture. Membership in the nation is neither voluntary (you cannot instantly acquire a culture), nor hereditary (children of members may be considered foreigners if they grew up in another culture).


    Links
    Challenging the Civc/Ethnic and West/East Dichotomies in the Study of Nationalism
    Cultural Nationalism: Neither Ethnic nor Civic
    http://vanishingamerican.blogspot.ca...tionalism.html
    http://ozconservative.blogspot.ca/20...onalism-1.html
    http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/12...ays/32454.html
    http://www.debate.org/forums/politics/topic/2186/
    https://www.msu.edu/user/hillrr/161lec16.htm

    In the Name of the Nation: Reflections on Nationalism and Patriotism

    Toward Enlightened Nationalism (2003) by Joe Biden
    Updated 11th-July-2012 at 08:18 PM by Željko Zidarić
  13. Željko Zidarić avatar
    The Left-Wing / Right-Wing model has been used around the world since the time of the French Revolution. I see many Croatian political intellections proclaim that they do not believe that this model applies to Croatia.

    Odd how so very few things from "the outside world" apply in Croatia. I think that Croats don't know how to use the model because they do not understand the model. If we can educate the masses, then we can use it effectively. Once we name our opponent a left-winger then we can attack their policies and not the people. I think Croatians are for the most part "genetically right-wing".




    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_spectrum
    Updated 20th-June-2012 at 12:09 AM by Željko Zidarić
  14. Matija Misagić avatar
    You are a brave man! I hope for your sake MI6 makes it quick and painless.

    Croatia has received documents on Daimler graft case
    Karamarko said that the national anti-corruption office USKOK was investigating the case, in which officials from the government of the late Social Democratic Party (SDP) Prime Minister Ivica Racan had allegedly received USD 5 million in kickbacks.

    Daimler AG Corruption Case: Jurcic signed the disputed contract - April 2 2010
    Daimler AG has admitted that he bribed Croatian officials with 4.7 million. The contract from the October of 2003 was signed by the Minister Sime Lucin (SDP), Mato Crkvenac (SDP) and Ljubo Jurcic.

    High-ranking SDP members says Linic knows all about Daimler
    Several prominent members of the left-of-centre coalition government of the time have confirmed for Nacional that Slavko Linic was, by all accounts, the key man in making it possible for Daimler to close a direct deal through negotiated procedure in Croatia.

    USKOK zatražio istragu u vezi s mitom u Daimleru

    Daimler podmitio SDP-ovu vladu, USKOK pokreće novu istragu

    US-Korruptionsprozess gegen Daimler

    Ljubo Jurcic spoke at the 2007 event.
    The SDP connection does look suspicious.

    The BIG question should be why the Attorney General of Croatia being Bajić (hard core commie background, starting his career as DA for JNA in Split) is ignoring the evidence and not taking action. Is it because Bajić hopes that he remains AG if the SDP takes over the Government?

    I wonder why Natasha rages against HDZ corruption but is quiet about SDP corruption.


    About Zeljko Jovanovic and SDP corruption

    Željko Jovanović mora podnijeti ostavku jer zatvara oči na korupciju i klijentelizam u SDP-ovim redovima

    'Zašto Jovanovića ne zanima kako je Milanović nabavio stan?'

    'Jovanović je loša kopija Jovana Raškovića'
  15. Matija Misagić avatar
    About Zeljko Jovanovic and SDP corruption

    Željko Jovanović mora podnijeti ostavku jer zatvara oči na korupciju i klijentelizam u SDP-ovim redovima

    'Zašto Jovanovića ne zanima kako je Milanović nabavio stan?'

    'Jovanović je loša kopija Jovana Raškovića'

    You are a brave man! I hope for your sake MI6 makes it quick and painless.

    Croatia has received documents on Daimler graft case
    Karamarko said that the national anti-corruption office USKOK was investigating the case, in which officials from the government of the late Social Democratic Party (SDP) Prime Minister Ivica Racan had allegedly received USD 5 million in kickbacks.

    Daimler AG Corruption Case: Jurcic signed the disputed contract - April 2 2010
    Daimler AG has admitted that he bribed Croatian officials with 4.7 million. The contract from the October of 2003 was signed by the Minister Sime Lucin (SDP), Mato Crkvenac (SDP) and Ljubo Jurcic.

    High-ranking SDP members says Linic knows all about Daimler
    Several prominent members of the left-of-centre coalition government of the time have confirmed for Nacional that Slavko Linic was, by all accounts, the key man in making it possible for Daimler to close a direct deal through negotiated procedure in Croatia.

    USKOK zatražio istragu u vezi s mitom u Daimleru

    Daimler podmitio SDP-ovu vladu, USKOK pokreće novu istragu

    US-Korruptionsprozess gegen Daimler

    Ljubo Jurcic spoke at the 2007 event.
    The SDP connection does look suspicious.

    The BIG question should be why the Attorney General of Croatia being Bajić (hard core commie background, starting his career as DA for JNA in Split) is ignoring the evidence and not taking action. Is it because Bajić hopes that he remains AG if the SDP takes over the Government?

    I wonder why Natasha rages against HDZ corruption but is quiet about SDP corruption.
  16. Željko Zidarić avatar
    Almedalsveckan 2012

    July 1th - July 8th

    The parliamentary parties each have a day in the week according to a rolling timetable. The parties’ days often begin with participation in early morning TV broadcasts and breakfast meetings. The parties usually hold their seminars in the morning, starting at 09.00.

    The parties have all of Almedalen at their disposal on the day on which they are speaking. Many choose to organize different types of events during the day or in connection with the speech, which is often made at 19.00. On the concluding Sunday, the speech is held at 11.00.

    In recent years, the most events have been held Monday-Thursday. On those days, there are more than 300 events a day. The initial Sunday has increased in importance and more and more people are choosing to hold their events then. From Friday, the number of events decreases. 2011 was the first year with a 8-day Almedalen Week.

    The majority of events are held in the area around Almedalen and the inner harbour. Donnersplats/Donnersgatan and the inner harbour have a limited number of sought-after sites for hire. In election years, the party representatives often make speeches in Östercentrum, which is outside Österport.

    Other co-organisers arrange events including early breakfast meetings, seminars, debates, hearings, speeches, lunch meetings, afternoon seminars, short programmes and networking events before and after the evening speeches.

    Stiff competition but also opportunities
    In 2011, 1 476 events were arranged. An estimated 14 000 people took part. Everyone wants to disseminate information, debate issues important to their organisations, make contacts, form networks and generate media attention. This creates a challenging climate of competition but also great opportunities to hold rewarding meetings and make contacts.


    Almedalsveckan costs authorities millions (of kroners)
  17. Željko Zidarić avatar
    An election is war by other means

    Tom Flanagan - From The Globe and Mail - Canada
    Published Monday, Apr. 04, 2011

    The middle of a national political campaign is a good time to reflect about the nature of campaigning. Every organized society must have a way of selecting its rulers. If you rule out the hereditary principle, you are left with two options: force (war) and persuasion (election). Political campaigns are the peaceful alternative to bloody civil war.

    Indeed, political campaigns have much in common with war. The very word “campaign” is a military term – taking the “field.” Campaigns are directed from a “war room,” and they involve both a “ground war” (contacting voters in person) and an “air war” (persuasion through the mass media). They demand “message discipline” as rigid as military discipline.

    High-minded intellectuals and pundits like to pretend that campaigns should be about policy, but a moment’s reflection shows the fallacy. Campaigns result in the choice of people to fill positions, not ideas to be implemented. Policies are props – useful to demonstrate the worthiness of people and parties, but useless on their own.

    If you want intellectual authority for this position, go back to Aristotle, who said that persuasion in the public forum consists of a mixture of ethos (character), pathos (emotion) and logos (ideas). Other great philosophers have also commented on the secondary role of ideas in campaigns. Prime minister Kim Campbell said, “Elections are the worst time to talk about the future of our social programs.” Alberta premier Ralph Klein said his health-care reform plans were “too complicated” to talk about during the campaign.

    Almost everything uttered by every candidate and campaign team is incomplete and one-sided, when it is not completely false. Plausibility, not truth, is the test. We love to point out these defects in our opponents but are blind to them on our own side. Why? Because we are not engaged in rational discussion of issues but gathering support for our team. Words, ideas and policies become weapons to wound the other team and defend our own side.

    This also explains the negative character of campaigning, about which there is so much hand-wringing. But there is no war without attack. As Cicero’s brother said 2,000 years ago, in the first campaign manual: “See that your competitors are smeared with an evil reputation – which fits their characters – for crime, vice or bribery.”

    In fact, negative ads usually have a higher intellectual content than positive ads. Go to any party’s website and look at the campaign ads. I guarantee you will learn more from the negative than the positive ads. Negative ads may be overstated and only partially true, but positive ads are usually vacuous and unsourced.

    For example, it is true that Michael Ignatieff chose to live outside Canada for more than 30 years but came back after some admirers promised to help him become prime minister. Some people think he says “I’’ too much, and comes across as self-centred. Some people think that Stephen Harper is secretive, domineering, and plays the political game exceptionally hard. But none of this would disqualify either man from holding office, because both are extremely intelligent, well educated, experienced and dedicated to public service.

    The leader’s supporters are happy to tell you about the bright side, but opponents will give you other perspectives. As a voter, you need all this information when you ponder which of two gifted but inevitably imperfect human beings would make the better prime minister. Those negative ads are public service announcements.

    A campaign is a war of words to determine who governs. It is much more than a battle of ideas, because human beings are much more than thinking machines. And it is a marvellous substitute for the horrors of real war.

    Tom Flanagan is professor of political science at the University of Calgary
    and a former Conservative campaign manager.
  18. Željko Zidarić avatar
    CNN: Obama’s speech “may have gone over the heads of many in his audience”
    Posted 5 days ago but not available online anymore

    (CNN) — President Obama’s speech on the gulf oil disaster may have gone over the heads of many in his audience, according to an analysis of the 18-minute talk released Wednesday.

    Tuesday night’s speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level, said Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor. The Austin, Texas-based company analyzes and catalogues trends in word usage and word choice and their impact on culture.

    Though the president used slightly less than four sentences per paragraph, his 19.8 words per sentence “added some difficulty for his target audience,” Payack said.

    He singled out this sentence from Obama as unfortunate: “That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge — a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation’s secretary of energy.”

    “A little less professorial, less academic and more ordinary,” Payack recommended. “That’s the type of phraseology that makes you (appear) aloof and out of touch.”

    The monitor’s chief word analyst found these three sentences insensitive: “Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced. And unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it is not a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days. The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even years.”

    “You shouldn’t be saying that in Katrina land,” said Payack, referring to the 2005 hurricane that devastated the Gulf Coast. “New Orleans lost a third of its population; it’s still recovering.”

    But he praised Obama’s phrase “oil began spewing” as active and graphic.

    At a micro level, the average word in the speech contained 4.5 letters, a bit longer than is typical for the former constitutional law professor, Payack said.

    Obama’s nearly 10th-grade-level rating was the highest of any of his major speeches and well above the Grade 7.4 of his 2008 “Yes, we can” victory speech, which many consider his best effort, Payack said.

    “The scores indicate that this was not Obama at his best, especially when attempting to make an emotional connection to the American people,” he added.


    The old article was replaced by this one – there is still valuable insights available

    Language mavens exchange words over Obama's Oval Office speech
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/06/...sis/index.html

    (CNN) -- Language experts weighed in Thursday after poring over the nearly 2,700 words of President Obama's Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil disaster.

    "It was straightforward and easy to understand," said Ron Yaros, assistant professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, referring to the explanations of the crisis and its possible solutions. He divided the speech into 1,200 "idea units," each of which represents a point the president was trying to make.

    He then looked at how many of those idea units contained jargon -- unexplained terms that the average person might not recognize -- and found none in the 65 idea units that explained the problem.

    Of the 417 idea units that discussed what Obama planned to do, "I found only one idea unit that probably would be potentially confusing to a nonexpert. That was the term 'relief well.' He never explained that."

    BP is digging a relief well that is expected to intersect with the blown-out well in August. At that point, BP plans to pump heavy drilling fluid into the runaway well, ending the flow.

    "If you look at the entire speech, and you look at the amount of jargon, it came out to 1.5 percent," he said.

    But Obama's speech may have gone over the heads of many in his audience, according to an analysis of the 18-minute talk released Wednesday by Paul J.J. Payack, president of Global Language Monitor.

    Tuesday night's speech from the Oval Office of the White House was written to a 9.8 grade level, said Payack, who gave Obama a "solid B." His Austin, Texas-based company analyzes and catalogues trends in word usage and word choice and their impact on culture.

    He singled out this sentence from Obama as unfortunate: "That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation's best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge -- a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and our nation's secretary of energy."

    "A little less professorial, less academic and more ordinary," Payack recommended. "That's the type of phraseology that makes you [appear] aloof and out of touch."

    Yaros disagreed, supporting the quality of the president's explanation for spelling out the efforts under way, even if they have not succeeded in ending the flow.

    "He's just trying to be transparent," Yaros said. "We can't cure cancer, but I'm comforted to know that the best researchers in the nation are devoted to finding a cure."

    Payack found these three sentences insensitive: "Already, this oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced. And unlike an earthquake or a hurricane, it is not a single event that does its damage in a matter of minutes or days. The millions of gallons of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico are more like an epidemic, one that we will be fighting for months and even years."

    "You shouldn't be saying that in Katrina-land," said Payack, referring to the 2005 hurricane that devastated the Gulf Coast. "New Orleans lost a third of its population [to evacuees who did not return]; it's still recovering."

    But he praised Obama's phrase "oil began spewing" as active and graphic.

    Obama's nearly 10th-grade-level rating was the highest of any of his major speeches and well above the grade 7.4 of his 2008 "Yes, we can" victory speech, which many consider his best effort, Payack said.

    "The scores indicate that this was not Obama at his best, especially when attempting to make an emotional connection to the American people," he added.

    Though the president used slightly less than four sentences per paragraph, his 19.8 words per sentence "added some difficulty for his target audience," Payack said.

    Mark Liberman, a linguist at the University of Pennsylvania, was unimpressed with Payack's criticism of the sentence length.

    "I think we can all agree that those are shockingly long professor-style sentences for a president to be using, especially in addressing the nation after a disaster," Liberman wrote on his blog.

    "Why, they were almost as long as the ones that President George W. Bush, that notorious pointy-headed intellectual, used in his 9/15/2005 speech to the nation about Hurricane Katrina, where I count 3,283 words in 140 sentences, for an average of 23.45 words per sentence! And we all remember how upset the press corps got about the professorial character of that speech!"

    Yaros challenged the value of Payack's analysis. "There's a tremendous amount of difference between analyzing the written word and interpreting the spoken word," said Yaros, a former science reporter who studies how to make complex topics understandable.

    Payack acknowledged Thursday in a telephone interview that his analysis is indeed based on a written version of the speech, but said that does not necessarily render it invalid. "With the internet, probably as many people read the transcript as heard it," he said. "To think it's not read and analyzed by tens of thousands of bloggers is looking at the old model."

    Yaros countered that he doesn't just count words and sentences, but instead measures the audience's comprehension of news content.

    Liberman said the "grade level" calculation had been debunked as "a mindless bit of math" that does not take into account the skill with which words were chosen or delivered.

    Yaros, too, declined to rank the speech by grade level. "In my opinion, placing a 'grade level' on 2,698 written words that are spoken (with a variety of delivery aspects such as pauses, emphases) does NOT accurately represent the importance of clear explanations about the KEY information presented in the speech," he said in an e-mail.

    "In other words, I could confuse you with my introduction and conclusion, but if -- in the middle of my talk -- I specifically addressed and answered your concerns, then I have adequately communicated what you CARED about."
  19. Željko Zidarić avatar
    Danica, I read the Wikipedia article.

    The "Old Guard" and traditionalists were critical of David - BUT HE WON!


    • Cameron's relatively young age and inexperience before becoming leader have invited satirical comparison with Tony Blair. Private Eye soon published a picture of both leaders on their front cover, with the caption "World's first face transplant a success".
    • On the left, New Statesman has unfavourably likened his "new style of politics" to Tony Blair's early leadership years.
    • Cameron is accused of paying excessive attention to image, with ITV News broadcasting footage from the 2006 Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth which showed him wearing four different sets of clothes within the space of a few hours.
    • Cameron was characterised in a Labour Party political broadcast as "Dave the Chameleon", who would change what he said to match the expectations of his audience.


    David worked as a PR guy in corporate communications. David knows how to develop the right image for the right time. David knows that you do not wear a three piece suit to a soccer game!

    The Croatian OLD GUARD need to learn some lessons from the youth people in their parties!

    Stephen Harper the Musician! While many would like to paint Harper as very right-wing (for the Canadian political spectrum) Harper is doing an effective job of softening his image.

    We learn that Harper is a good piano player who likes to jam with rock stars at 24 Sussex!

    Bryan Adams jams with Stephen Harper

    Ten Things You Might Not Know About Prime Minister Harper

    In Croatia Josipovic showed off his composer and synthesizer player skills. Milan Bandic on the other hand showed that he can sing.

    For the "old school" politicians in Croatia (Tudman and Jurcevic for example) if you want to gain wider popularity drop the old communist stern personality and lighten up a bit!
  20. Željko Zidarić avatar
    Repost from other blog

    Look at the British example. David Cameron, 43 year old Prime Minister. David is the YOUNGEST Prime Minister in the UK in 200 years! David does not have a PhD. He is not a professor. He is a leader.

    Croatia needs young, energetic and creative people like this. Look at some of David's accomplishments

    After University, he found employment with the Conservative Party, from 1988 to 1993, at first in its Research Department.

    In 1992, during John Major's campaign to become the Conservative leader, Cameron was one of the young "Brat pack" of party strategists who worked between 12 and 20 hours a day, sleeping in the house of Alan Duncan in Gayfere Street, which had been Major's campaign headquarters. The Conservatives' unexpected success in the 1992 election led Cameron to hit back at older party members who had criticised him and his colleagues. He was quoted as saying, the day after the election, "whatever people say about us, we got the campaign right," and that they had listened to their campaign workers on the ground rather than the newspapers.

    Between 1994 and 2001, David Cameron worked for Carlton Communications, becoming Head of Corporate Affairs.

    Did you know that in school at Eton College, in May 1983, he and friends were disciplined for smoking cannabis.

    David knew what he had to do and he had the courage to do it. Read David's biography at: Wikipedia.

    Another bio

    David Cameron: serious competitor
    The Conservative Party leader has been credited with reviving his party's prospects. But he's not exactly a man of the people. According to the AP, he is the product of an elite education and is married to an aristocrat's daughter. In an economy reeling from unemployment and foreclosures, he may not be seen as a man with the common touch. He has tried to revamp his image: The Tory is credited with moving the right-wing party to the center, and holds environmentally friendly views. However not all efforts to prove he's an ordinary guy have worked. While he does bike to work, that act backfired when it came to light that his briefcase was being chauffeured in a separate car.
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