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Attorney: Latvia as a nation lacks vision

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Sworn advocate Victor Tihonov

Latvia as a nation lacks its own vision and priorities, Victor Tihonov, Sworn advocate notes in a column of the Capital journal.

«One of the ruling members should be able to voice some Latvian dream similarly to how Martin Luther King once voiced the American dream in 1963. Sweden and Germany have their own vision. At least it is generally believed that Germany is an industrial giant, and Sweden – is financial service center», lawyer underlines.

He noted that young people can help politicians, themselves and others to define the directions or visions of Latvia’s development.

“The State should ensure not only general education, but should develop different fields in depth. Either in microbiology or some sphere of medicine, it doesn’t really matter. The State will generally not be able to develop every possible direction in the near future, and guarantee Latvian citizens to become specialists in those fields. That is why the activity of young people could help in choosing the appropriate in depth development direction. I wish such courage and determination for our children and young people”, Tihonov stresses.

As the attorney states, right now Latvia has reached another developmental phase – «everything that can be consolidated is consolidated, but money is still a constant issue». The wages of teachers and police officers, doctors and culture workers are being reduced. In addition the current rule shows signals about the social budget’s collapse. This means that people will have to maintain themselves both during their youth and old age.

«Something of a future subsistence plan is forming,» the attorney explains the situation. «This kind of position cannot promote national development and develop economy on a State level. It is complicated to explain to children why politicians do not want to see developed manufacturing in Latvia, or why foreigners use their State granted subsidies to develop agriculture in Latvia. Instead of the State creating preconditions for creating new jobs, the opportunity of private businessmen to develop enterprises (see airBaltic saga) is being denied. Many politicians create such dispute sprouts the development of which will ultimately negatively affect the economic ability to live here for a large number of residents.»

As Tihonov underlines, this kind of events unfolding legally leads towards to public self-organization. Specific part of the most active society will determine their own goals and will fulfill them, because State government does not determine State strategic interests and goals, instead performs the division of a separate scope of interests. If the State government is unable to name any goals, then society in general should work to make the government at least ensure a foreseeable and definite public service.

Tihonov also proposes to turn the interests of children and young people towards the higher values of life, instead of monetary property values. The State and society in general should turn a much larger attention to consumer philosophy from a young age. As an example, the attorney mentions Scandinavian countries, where a Porshe Cayenne purchased in credit is not considered to be a gesture of good taste.

He stresses that Latvians are a working nation and there is no doubts that children should be taught to work from childhood. We as a numerically small country cannot afford to start working in the age of 40, as it is common in many South European countries, because the employed cannot afford to pay such high taxes, so that the unemployed would have enough.

Young people need to understand, that they are the ones who shape their own and the society’s future. Additionally, if a person has the will to influence and shape society, where the person wishes to live, then this is better done in his home country.


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