By: Stevo M. Lapchevich – translated from Serbian by Novak Drashkovic & edited by Joaquin Flores
A Brief History of Serbian Socialism,
The First Serbian Uprising inspired Serbian socialist thought and was connected to the early abolition of feudalism and landlordism
he development of socialist ideas in the Balkans is closely tied to the political life of Serbia in the second half of the 19th century. Arising in a tributary country semi-independent from the occupying Ottoman Empire, in a land of lords and impoverished peasants living on the edge of survival, Serbia is a land of a people that was the first one in Europe to liberate itself from feudalism in the fourth decade of the 19th century. We should recall here that Serbian prince Miloš Obrenović I issued a decree according to which arable land could only be owned by the people that are farming it, as opposed to the rising Serbian aristocracy. Serbian socialist idea, unlike almost any other at that point in time, strived not only for the creation of a socially just, but also nationally independent and free state that would on the basis of self-government and self-determination unify the entire Serbian people.
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he Otpor model served well in Serbia, and was perfected and developed further so it could be used in more than thirty countries.
Last month the cabinet of prince Bin Zayed, the government of United Arab Emirates, in accordance to the federal anti terrorist law, published a list of terrorist organizations to arise awareness in media and society about their work and the danger that comes from them. On that list there are 85 names, including Al Qaeda, the infamous Boko Haram, Muslim Brotherhood, and others. So on that list they have the most radical Islamist and jihadist groups that endanger all secular and moderate regimes in Muslim world. The only non-Islamic organization on that list is Canvas from Belgrade.
(Teša Tešanović is a journalist, philosopher, and an organizer of the Serbian Radical Party)
We are joined today by Joaquin Flores from the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. He is the director of the center, which while is clearly ideologically charged in some way, claims to be neither left, center, or right.
They are producing a combination of orthodox and heterodox material. Today we want to learn a little more about the Center itself and also how they are approaching some of the general economic and geostrategic questions of the day, and also about the Kosovo question in Serbia.