The Poor Strike Back

Coming from Serbia, where an election for the new president was held on April 2nd, I found it inevitable that it would spark a bit of conversation about something that reached all the way to the Huffington Post.

To jump right in, one of the presidential candidates, who is gaining massive popularity all over the world, is a fictional alter-ego made by a Serbian student. “Beli,” as he named himself, openly states everything that other politicians would never admit doing even behind closed doors. He is a blatant mockery of everything wrong with the political scene. According to his “biography,” Beli started working when he was six years old, and now he has a 24-hour long workday. The use of satire is entirely justified when it comes to Serbia’s current political scene. The cost of living is increasing, salaries and pensions are diminishing, and the middle class is disappearing. (This inspired the creation of Beli’s catchy slogan – “Sirotinja uzvraća udarac”, which translates to “The Poor Strike Back”).

Beli’s revolution goes even further because it brings together people who are not only an instrument of system destruction but also the solution to the entire problem. He offers a chance to all politically discoloured people to become this solution, and he becomes their voice.

Selection of human personnel in the age of mass communication and information technology gives a greater dose of reliability, transparency and consistency and a chance for real success of direct democracy. Roughly ten thousand active volunteers are blazoning the words of Beli, and the number is increasing, spreading like a virus that has the potential to destroy the system that hasn’t yet figured out how to deal with it.

In forming a more reliable and impartial institution, I would argue this has been a highly effective approach that has lead to change in my part of the world. Continuing to strive for a transparent government, with proper oversight, will give people the hope they need to believe in the future.

What do you say? Can revolutions like this restore peace and justice in the world?

Written by Petra Cvetanovic



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