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By Srdan Dvornik

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2002). 31 interests for the acquisition of non-violent prevalence based on the free convictions of citizens-voters, and a game of reconciliation between special interests and common policy necessary to sustain the whole. In societies the likes of which have come out of decades-long rule by communist regimes and short political revolutions, there was no such potential with which to fight to obtain democratic institutions. Although, if it is known how wide a consensus existed in favor of adopting democratic constitutions, constitutional and legal guarantees of civil and political rights, in favor of the rule of law as voted in a democratically elected parliament, the thesis of lacking potentials may seem at least paradoxical.

Part 1 Postcommunist “revolutions”: making their own foundation The destruction in hand was directed at the social “software” – people’s relations and minds. Namely – according to Karl Marx’s poignant formulation – society is not composed of individuals, but their relations. If the interpersonal, horizontal relations among the members of a society cannot be established and autonomously practiced, without authorization, mediation, and control from those in political power, the society will not function, and the population within this political power’s area of reach makes up a society, as much as the potatoes in a sack – Marx again – make up a sack of potatoes.

92 ff. Diktatura nad potrebama, pp. 135–36. , p. , p. 151). 33 42 43 34 Diktatura nad potrebama, p. 158. , pp. 158–9. ” When a manager of a socialist company came under particular pressure to deliver products required by the plan, at the same time depending on equally unrealistically planned deliveries of raw material, components, or equipment, he had to find unofficial ways out of such a squeeze. Thus, the “pushers” reportedly travelled throughout the country with suitcases full of cash, buying other managers’ cooperation in the companies whose deliveries were needed.

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