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Lauristin: Estonia’s top politicians represent the bygone society

"I feel that there is not only a gap between those who rule and those who are being ruled, but the gap is growing because the people feel that instead of addressing certain problems the rulers prefer to focus on replacement activities."

You're right Marju, people are fed up, but let's not forget that Estonians are partners in this, in this or another way.

I don't know why dialogue between all parties is so still forbidden, but I do undertand that people on a national level did not vote for a political change so far, mostly due to the opposition representatives.

The Center party, for instance, does not represent the aspire of the Estonian people. They are ashamed of them the same way I hear about the ruling parties and the Social Dems are just about to start to develop a more mature entity, other alternatives are still insignificant and perhaps even less desireable.

Change will come to Estonia, it's about time and I am certain about this.

But it will take some time but joining the people and calling for their demands is a step into the right direction. Reply to the comment answer
~knut albers [02.01.2013, 17:38]
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Bbn, you really publish drivel like this?! Reply to the comment answer
~bluecowboy [03.01.2013, 11:07]
Well, most of the head of the Government grew up during communist times in Estonia, so I do not see it as a "drivel" to say that they are "from yesterday’s society" and Lauristin must know that, as she is part of that generation.
~knut albers [03.01.2013, 12:25]
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I have written it before and I write it again: when will the estonian people stop falling for certain parties vulgar propaganda. As long as estonians fall for the arguments that a social democratic system ( like the Nordic countries) is a communistic system, they will keep on voting for Unzip's or even worse Reply to the comment answer
~Norwegian [03.01.2013, 15:39]
Actually the Nordics, as a region, share one of the most liberal economies in Europe, and just because of specific welfarist policies, they are not nearly as socialist as leftists claim they are.

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway do have indeed comparable or even greater business freedom, monetary freedom, investment freedom, financial freedom, freedom from corruption, and labor freedom while having comparable property rights as in Estonia.

In many ways, Scandinavian countries are even more "laissez faire" than the United States and Finland is a world leader in four of 10 economic freedoms: financial freedom, monetary freedom, freedom from corruption, and business freedom.
~knut albers [03.01.2013, 16:45]
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I think Lauristin is an academic from a bygone era where all problems are solved by the government. If Estonia is to grow and prosper it is up to the people themselves to solve their problems with initiative and motivation, not expect government handouts. Reply to the comment answer
~Andrus [03.01.2013, 16:25]
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Bygone society? Hardly. It will take few generations before ex-commie euros get the picture and start practicing bribery behind close door and spending their grease money more wisely. Reply to the comment answer
~jack abramoff [04.01.2013, 08:42]
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I sincerely detest the fact that a "former" Communist Party member and devoted Commie is now teaching us how to live or behave. I do understand that Comrade Lauristin is a Sociology professor at Tartu University but she shoud limit herself to the academic realm... We would prefer that she retire ASAP!

I'm still awaiting Comrade lauristin's apologies to the Estonian people for her outspoken collaboration with Moscow's tyrants during the Russian occupation and for having rushed to New York at the turning point to insist that Estonians in exile shut their traps and stop provoking the Kremlin.... Has she conveniently forgotten her collaboration with Kremlin? WE HAVEN'T! Reply to the comment answer
~Clairvoyant [04.01.2013, 17:53]
There is a reason why it is a FORMER MEMBER. Found capitalist politician to be more lucrative. I am not familiar with the old system, but to my understanding low level bosses did not have as much perks as the big fish did.
~stay home mommy [04.01.2013, 19:16]
Most of the political current generation can be linked to communist "engagement" in this or another way, unless we speak about 20 year old high school graduates.

However, the current political system should encourage further reforms to pass on the leadership to the newer generations long term, finally to those that never lived under communist rule.

Todays policy makers are still trapped in the mindset of what they have been indoctrinated under communist rule, whether they liked it or not, they are simply part of a bygone society that shouldn't spoil the future generations of this country with their halfway understanding of liberty.

Estonia's appreciation of democracy, alongside it's nationality problem, often feels to me like debris in my eye.

Unfortunate, governments in the West tendencially started to give up our liberties step by step as well since 9/11.

It is like a cancer that spread over the whole body and encourages countries that faced autocracy for half a century under communist rule, to fall back in that scheme.
~knut albers [07.01.2013, 13:49]
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The former communist, Marju Lauristin, now calls herself a social-democrat -- that's a socialist who lives in a democracy. There's nothing democratic in her principles. She still believes that omniscient altruists, like herself, could rule the rest of us to our benefit. Reply to the comment answer
~Andres [04.01.2013, 19:00]
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"Estonia is small – it’s a fact and law of nature"

Estonia is not small, it is larger than Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark and lot of other European countries. The population is small, but this can (and must) be changed. Reply to the comment answer
~kloty [05.01.2013, 15:41]
More people? But not by producing. We have 7 billion on the planet. Bring them from outside.
Estonian politicans? Hang ´em high.
For them it is even "socialistical", to keep streets and boardwalks free from snow and ice. What´s about the security of the people in the traffic?
~scheileke [07.01.2013, 11:59]
Scheileke, calm down, your statement is hostile in particular. This doesn't help anyone.
~knut albers [07.01.2013, 13:34]
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Irrespective of his communist background - which I believe also befalls the current Estonian Prime Minister - the guy has a point.

Something has seriously gone wrong with the psychology of the country and its people. And as residents of Estonia, we all understand that things are not right - wherever we go!

There needs to be a change in the leadership in the nation. And that change needs to embrace clean uncorrupted governance, a reduction in red tape and the number of paper shuffling bureaucrats, more independence from senseless EU regulations, and a ability for the nation to defent itself - plus be energy independent by building its own largescale power producing utilities.

No one in the Estonian government shows any degree of ability - or able to portray a viable future for the country. Its just surviving day by day - and believes the whole world must also operates at such low levels of incompetance.

Yes Estonia is a small country. It may be as " large " as Belgium, but in WWII both the German and British armies rolling through the entire country in 48 hours.

Now that, is small! Reply to the comment answer
~Arthur [07.01.2013, 15:50]
Sure, Belgium, The Netherlands, Belgium are small, but neither of these countries uses this as an excuse for anything, or even mention it. Estonians do it in basically every interview.
~kloty [08.01.2013, 02:11]
Sure, Arhtur, if one goes to visit some friends in their unrenovated homes that still look like the collapse of the Soviet Union just happened, then obviously something is going wrong in this country.

But this government is so stupid, I've never seen anything so stupid who say they read some book of Milton Friedman (I doubt that they actually read it) and therefore claim to understand how to run the economy.
~knut albers [08.01.2013, 13:57]
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The Netherlands has 16 000 000 million inhabitants, Estonia 1 300 000. In these times the amount of land doesn't mean so much anymore to measure the power of a country. Reply to the comment answer
~Mark [07.01.2013, 23:02]
2Mark: I know that the population is small, but my point is that the number of population can be changed, it is not a physical law how it was stated by Lauristin. And looking at demography, this is basically the only viable way to restart the development of Estonia.
~kloty [08.01.2013, 02:08]
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