Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Denationalization

In the recent period, even more and more talking has been done on when and what should be denationalized. Few weeks ago in B92, it has been mentioned that around 500.000 people will receive back their stolen property from the Communists after the WWII. Out of these 500.000, around 90% of them will have their lives changed dramatically, if the law on denationalization.

On the TV show "Timofejev", a reportage has been made where a Serbian-American artist, George Ilic is awaiting his family's property to be returned which consists of the now empty are between the hotel "Moskva" and the Kraljice Natalije street, as well as a great part of the Zvezdara forest where his family's vineyards were. He hopes that, as soon as he gets it all back, he will invest and develop a business. However, some people can just hope for a monetary compensation, like the Vranes family whose workshop doesn't exist anymore on the corner of Kneza Milosa and Krunska Street. They can only hope for money in their accounts, as many people expect also the same.

Whether property returned or simply monetary compensation, this act would have great social effects in the Serbian society. Since Serbia already has a wealthy elite, mostly people of supsicious backgrounds such as Miskovic, Beko and Karic, the new elite is already the bearer of old civil values that were dominant in the pre-WWII Yugoslavia and can become not only a competition on the economic elite of Serbia, but also the competition to the so-called "civil intellectual elite" of Serbia. It is a question whether in this case the civil values of the royal Yugoslavia, that had an evolution from the 19th century until the violent overtaking of communism, will prevail over the post-communist civil values, or will they cohabitate?
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