Only Ourselves Says An Albanian
How could their academic brains surrender to the impetuous nature of hope? This bothersome question should now confront all those political scientists who courageously defined post-dictatorial countries as ‘transitional democracies’. They believed that after the dissolution of communism, countries would emerge from the difficulties of their past with a smile and slowly embrace democracy. Then kiss it. And then become it.
After all, “history had ended,” thus there was no chance of any surprises. Conversely, judging the other side of the coin, it was because “history had ended” that it would also fail to evolve. The fall of communism found most countries unable to give shape to a healthy political environment that would ensure a foundation built on the separation of powers and respect for differences. The majority of these countries became confined inside the new leaders’ mania for omnipotence and remained therefore infected with the same old patterns of state-building.
This return to the basics was also faced by Albania during the ’90s. The leader-imposed philosophy of ‘either with me or against me’ flourished in every vein of the political system. Those uncanny rebels who dared to act in any other way were threatened, beaten, or worse. Fred Abraham in his book ‘Modern Albania’ wittily captures the whole panorama in a single sentence: “At the time, Albania was not governed, but ruled”.
Such absence of political freedom deprived transition of its short-termed nature, prolonging it instead. The political apparatus remains therefore a severe hierarchical system that obliterates openness to oppress originality. This setting allows the incumbent to load the political system with leveraged people whose only merit lies in their devoutness to reward the leader’s belief by doing anything asked of. Thus, the leader-imposed philosophy for governmental affairs has now become: “Those of you who follow me, I give my heart. For those of you who don’t follow me, I give the law.” A mere aesthetic progress, which leaves unchanged the substance of Albanian politics: An everlasting fetish for God-like control.
Democracy was built on the paradigm that pluralism of thought assures quality in decision-making processes. […]
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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