Dr. Aleš Debeljak professor, poet and essayist

In the struggle between grand stories on membership in the wider community (nationalism, communism and cosmopolitism), nationalism won twenty years ago. It is still firmly in control although Slovenes ride the common European team. Nationalism then persuaded us how important is to fully be. Today, Slovenian and European politicians tell us that it is important to have as much as possible.

A hope was alive then that Slovenes would transform into Slovenian citizens, informed and critical individuals who care for common interests. Twenty years later, the unfortunate transition is visible by naked eye: the citizen was almost completely replaced by the consumer who has no time for common interests and selfishly pursues only his own interest.