Thursday, August 10, 2006

The Counter-Singers

One of the catchphrases of the first
Estonian government was "The State
helps those who help themselves."
So we have this new social program.
It's called "Save Up Your Own Pension".
Homeless people emerged, and others
who had proved to be weaker than life.
The very same people who had sung
with their bare hands were declared
to be helpless and they felt helpless.
The "semiotic nerve" of Estonia was
given up. New words appeared in the
language -- like "the sad inevitability
of the people of Estonia in the 1990s."

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