The Honourable Dimitrije Ljotic - What are we fighting for Dec 27, 2013 19:24:33 GMT -5
Post by Balkaneros on Dec 27, 2013 19:24:33 GMT -5
We need fighters, not voters. Because only combatants remain loyal to the end.
"We want to stop the continued moral decline of the nation. We want to restore the honour and our former high national principles."
- Dimitrije Ljotic
His address to the Serbian people in 1935;
We are fighting, first of all, for a different concept of politics. Among the people, this word has gained the connotation of something false, filthy and sordid. For a long time now, the people have thought that politics is like a manure pile at the rear of a peasant courtyard, a thing necessary, but neither clean nor dignified.
The first consequence of such belief has been that a vast number of honorable people decided that there is no place for them in politics, just as clean, well-dressed people make sure to keep away from manure.
The second consequence has been that those honorable people who nevertheless were in politics were swamped and overrun by those whose actions had given rise to this belief among the people.
And the third and worst consequence has been the slow but steady erosion of national moral standards. The nation has been losing faith and its old moral values. Honesty and personal honor have begun to look like obstacles to advancement in life. . . .
We want to stop the continued moral decline of the nation. We want to restore to honor our former high national principles.
It is therefore necessary to put an end to the belief that politics is dirt and manure, to put an end to the conviction that politics is personal advantage and corruption. Instead, the belief must arise in all our nation that politics is a toilsome struggle and an honorable service in which no one may seek personal advantage, much less enrichment.
Consequently, power must be made dependent on such personal answerability, that all weaklings and cowards, all scoundrels and egoists will flee to the rear, as once they fled from the war front. That is where they still belong.
This is the first, and fundamental, principle of our struggle.We fight therefore for a national, popular politics, and against the politics of parties, cliques and factions. It has come to pass that nothing in the country can be accomplished without the recommendation and intercession of a political party. NO one can get his rights according to law, but only at the recommendation of someone influential. Obligations are avoided and responsibilities are canceled, not according to the law but at the intercession of someone influential. . . . All this means that we have no lawful and permanent state and national policy, but that the state is run by party, faction and clique politics. The lack of such national and state policy has brought heavy consequences. Throughout the land, this kind of government has produced bitterness and unrest. Today, our nation, thanks to such government, is insufficiently united, and lacks solidarity.
But we are for national unity . . . .
In social and economic affairs, we fight for the right of the people to take affairs into their own hands. We demand that, in these respects, no general national policy be planned or carried out without the active participation of representatives of national professional organizations. . . .
National forces cannot develop in either the economic or the social field until the people stand on their own feet and implement the principle of self-help. The state retains over this whole enormous area the right of supervision in the framework of the social and economic plan, and the right to regulate relations between the professions. In this regard, we fight for the principle that politics must not be separated from national social and economic life. At present, it is so separated. Today, it is thought that there exists some pure politics unconnected with social and economic question. Today, people who have no contact with national needs, who have no understanding of real social and economic national problems, rise through elections to the highest offices. We fight for a political system in which this would become impossible.
We are deeply convinced that many contemporary social and economic difficulties would not exist if such a system were in effect. This is the third principle of our struggle.
We fight, finally, because, although it looks like we live in cowardly times, we believe that many think as we do , are dedicated to these aims, ready for sacrifice, and confident of victory. This is the fourth and last principle of our struggle.