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October 5, 2022

The imperative of national strategy

In support of democracy, which they pretend to identify themselves with, politicians often invoke today the three grand attributes specific to the French Revolution of 1989: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. But through their daily behaviour, these high-profile politicians deprive the three fundamental attributes of their content and sometimes transform them in their opposite. For instance, in the present political behaviour, Liberty often turns into libertinage. Equality is limited to certain groups and excluded from their relations with the rest of the population. And Fraternity, while diminishing its content also in a religious understanding, is used as a mask by occult antinational groups.
At least in Romania, politicians are themselves aware of this rigorously hidden reality and “adapt themselves to the environment” by frequently resorting to masks. While they make the apology of privatization as mean of getting rich fast and source of the much-awaited “middle class,” they “forget” to admit that over 75 pc of the employees that earn the minimum wage work precisely in the private sector.

The percentage of over 40 pc of unemployment among youths under 35 in Romania is often tried being dissimulated with the fact that this unemployment amounts in Spain to more than 50 pc. The current explosion of school abandonment and illiteracy that tends throwing Romania more than a century in the past is masked through the excuse of our politicians that such a mishap can be found, although in incomparably smaller proportions, even in the major countries of the EU.
But why should we compare ourselves with these countries only in terms of the social deficits that also exist there? Why not compare with them also in terms of economic capacities and force? Under the pressure of these interrogations, usually made by the civil society, our rulers of all pseudo-doctrine affiliations turn on their heels and resort to other masks. Other masks, but same faces! For example, our politicians adopt an aura of false sadness when it comes to several social surveys which attest that Romanian teenagers, and also their parents are reluctant about professional schools “much strengthened of late” and instead aspire to a university diploma. Even though, as some employers pretend, a professional school graduate earns a bigger wage than a university graduate. “Unemployment does not result from our policies, but from the failure of many youths and parents to behave according to economic reality,” emphatically warn our ruling politicians.
Yes, this failure to have an adequate attitude is real, but it mainly refers to the components of our whole economic-social system. The fact that, at our job fairs, most offers are for blue-collars, instead of engineers, proves a negative fact: today’s Romanian economy grants priority to the petty technical execution, instead of the technical-scientific creation in industry, as much as it exists today, and largely relies on handicrafts. This, too, is necessary today, but staying at this level in the present era of the global scientific-technical revolution means condemning Romania to a status of semi-colony. A modern economy means complexness and a high level of technicality, so its components stimulate each other.
Romania has conditions for a superior agriculture but remains to this unilateral stage of “predominantly agricultural economy” that means, at best, economic stagnation instead of the jump strictly necessary for our country to no longer be treated as “second-hand partner in the EU.” Some 130 years ago, our great scholar of European prestige Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu warned us that a predominantly agricultural country is prone to foreign invasion. Which was confirmed in Romania for the last two decades, when our imports outweighed exports by far. Year 2013 balanced the ratio of imports to exports, in some sectors there even was a slight priority of exports, because it was a very good agricultural year. But what expects us in the perspective of the obligation that Romania, a NATO member country, must purchase soon the 16 or 12 military jet airplanes strictly necessary – we are told – for our condition of eastern border of NATO?
Any answer might be given to this question, it attests to the imperative of restoring our industry of any kind, also the aeronautic one. And in view of reaching this goal, let’s not forget that we need highly educated specialists capable of a real scientific-technical creation. The intuition of our youths to grant priority to university studies is welcome, but not sufficient. The quality of school education must regain priority. And in the didactic process, our engineering faculties must stimulate the organic correlation between theoretic education and practical creation. University scientific research cannot remain anymore, frequently, to the phase of poorly financed activities, isolated and passenger, as it must regain its capital, decisive, strategic importance.
Unfortunately, Romania is among the few countries that does not have a long-term national development strategy. Such an attempt, made about a decade ago, was generally hailed by all our political forces, but ended up being ignored before long. Why? Because the same political parties concentrate their preoccupations exclusively on discrediting their opponents, which sometimes reminds of the source of civil wars in the European history. Under the pressure of these fierce political battles, the strategic national interest is simply shattered.
Thus, Romanians are forced to live “from day to day” without a plan of resistance to eventual provocations, not necessarily of an economic nature. Emigration increases each year, same as the decline of the demographic index. Meanwhile our political rulers are so dominated by their clientele-driven interests that they are not capable to see – let alone foresee – anything. Living the moment, which is the limited attitude of our politicians, reminds us of the apprenticeship of our great writer Ion Creanga, who was catching flies by slamming shut the open book he was learning from in his childhood.

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