At home leftists like to pretend they are important, but abroad they are nothing – the famous Forbes magazine has asked Janez Janša for his opinion

Predsednik SDS Janez Janša (Foto: Urban Cerjak)

The Forbes magazine has written extensively about the homeland of the future First Lady Melania Trump. The author of the article Alejandro Chafuen writes that he worked in Slovenia for many years and that he cannot praise its natural beauty highly enough. He writes that Slovenians identify themselves as Central Europeans both culturally and historically, that they are part of NATO, the European Union, and the Schengen area.

Forbes also reports that Slovenians are one of the most taxed people in the world. As much as 45 percent of what they earn is handed to the state. Chaufen believes that in this way the state ensures a fairly high degree of equal treatment, but those who live there know that this is not the case. The Forbes magazine notes that Slovenians are demotivated for business risks, have a poor demographic distribution, and have one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world.

Many people are striving to create a free society, but the fight is difficult
Then Chafuen moves from the beauty of Slovenia and the difficult situation of its citizens to a criticism of the system. He says Slovenia has many people who are endeavouring to take the country towards a brighter future. But because of deep-rooted economic patterns from the past, their work is not easy. The intellectual elite is allergic to the idea of a free society and a free market, which is why nothing is moving forward.

Chafuen has also asked former Prime Minister of Slovenia and President of the Slovenian Democratic Party Janez Janša for his opinion on the current situation in Slovenia. Janša believes that at the moment Slovenia has to break the quasi-monopoly which the Left holds over the dominant Slovenian media. Forbes reports that there are four members of the media in Slovenia who are fighting for the ideal of a free society. These are Nova24TV, the Demokracija magazine, the Reporter magazine, and NoviceJutro. Special attention is also devoted to the well-known advocate for the ‘resetting’ of Slovenia and minister in Janša’s government Žiga Turk, who has invested a lot of time and energy into encouraging think tank projects.

A. R.