The Macedonian conservative

What does it mean to be a conservative? Where does the tradition of being a conservative come from?  What does it mean to be a Macedonian conservative?  Without getting too deep in the weeds on the various strains of conservatism and conservative thinking, let’s start with the basics: being a conservative depends on what you want to conserve. For instance, as an American conservative, I want to conserve the founding of my country and the Read more…

The football World Cup kicks off reform in Qatar

Capitalism and the free market economy have proven to be the most effective instruments for protecting workers and human rights. It has been a struggle, but Qatar was finally forced to change its labor law called “Kafala”. The state of Qatar is a small but very rich country, which relies heavily on foreign labor and imported knowledge to power its oil and natural gas-based economy. Qatar’s population is 2.3 million inhabitants, of which approximately 2 Read more…

Conservative thoughts or why conservatism?

Today’s phenomena of globalization and democratization of societies, or the efforts for additional democratization and “remodeling” of societies, leads towards a drastic change of established norms and universal values. Every day we are seeing actions to redefine values, no matter whether they are moral or traditional values, and there are efforts to promote new, “modern” and decadent values, which are introduced as normal and avant-garde. In many societies, that moral decline leads towards the destruction Read more…

Peace in the Middle East?

Last week we witnessed one of the greater achievements in international relations. The President of the United States of America was able to broker an agreement for the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is only the third Arab country to do so, and the only one in the past 26 years. We simply cannot undervalue this success for the two conservative Presidents Donald Read more…

Macedonians reject the socialist brainwashing of the past

Tragically the term “conservative” has a derogatory meaning in Macedonian society. In today’s Macedonian society, people who are ideologically conservative are often described as dumb, uneducated, backward looking, blindly religious, closed-minded, etc. This streams from the ideological background of high school and university professors. Until the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, every professor was a Communist Party member or collaborator or both. The ideology came from the Party, poured into academic institutions and suffocated (often Read more…