The Good Country Party

четвртак, 30 јула, 2015 у 12:08PM

A new global political idea is coming from Great Britain. Unlike the dead communism which has neglected national and libertarian ideas, and the dying capitalism which has misused democracy and abused the weaknesses of ill-educated half-pagan citizens, the “good country” idea brings a new, human (but not hypocritically leftist) view of the development of mankind.

The party was formed by dr Simon Anholt, a famous British scholar, the creator of the concept “nation branding” and one of the world most wanted consultants in public diplomacy.

The idea of The Good Country Party is generally a simple one and that is – let us help other nations. The party stands for the state not to be selfish and resolve only to solving internal problems making compromises with its own elite and poor voters (not just the financially poor, but also poor in terms of spirituality, moral and education), but should seek to help other nations world-wide.

You could ask yourself – how can, for example, Serbia help others when it cannot even help itself?! However, this is more of a philosophical than an existential or political question. For, than one could ask a counter question: why should we help anyone for in the long term we are all going to die? Therefore, to be noble is a timeless and moral question. In history and in present, however, it was also a political question.

The Good Country Party’s emphasis is not on material help, but rather on the exchanging of ideas, culture, experiences and knowledge.

“By sharing we multiply”. This was an advice of my uncle when I started my own family and life on my own. From my humble experience I can confirm the saying is true. However, one should be careful, for sharing is not the same as throwing away. And to share is the core political idea of this supranational, global party. To throw away is a sin, to share is the opposite.

The party of dr Simon Anholt does not denounce the nation nor the nation states. On the contrary, it finds inspiration and knowledge in them, i. e. a solution to the problem.

What can a person achieve by joining this party? A possibility to advance as an individual giving a contribution for the mankind to live better, getting to know new people and ideas. This is, therefore, the opposite of the parties which exist in the West and in Serbia today, which offer only a career advancement. One can join The Good Country Party for free and only online (www.goodcountry.rog).

The famous scientist dr Anholt is renowned for his concept of the “Good Country Index”. This index measures seven key factors: science and technology, culture, peace and stability, governance, climate (ecology), prosperity and equality, and health and wellbeing.

Serbia is on the 62nd place out of 123 countries which have been monitored. We are ahead of Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Albania, Turkey, Latvia, and behind Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia… Island is on the first place, followed by Finland, Switzerland, Netherlands and New Zealand. Interestingly, the US is on the 21st place and Russia on the 95th. Serbia achieved its best score in science and technology (23rd) and culture (31st), while it has scored worse in ecology (next-to-last on the list). This does not mean Serbia is an ecological disaster or a dirty country, but that it does not give effort to take care of its surroundings, nor does it care if that might bother others. Of course, one cannot also interpret that the Ministry of Culture is doing a great job but that our culture is by itself a good potential. However, knowing the budget of this ministry and the priorities which it has, there is no space for debate on its achievements…

Therefore, although it is a global idea, The Good Country Party does not have revolutionary goals, but rather intends to gather people who wish to improve themselves by doing something for others, helping all of us to live better. Maybe someone will call this idea a utopia, or see in it a conspiracy or a frivolous elitist political pirouette. However, in the vast sea of similar ideas, this one, at least, offers a different outlook to the world.

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