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Vučić widely leads three different campaigns – for the patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, for the president of Serbia, and for the mayor of Belgrade

Photo: N. Kovačević

With the entry of Joseph Biden to the presidency in America, political correctness returns as the ruling ideology of a part of the world, after a short-term defeat during the mandate of Donald Trump.

In Serbia, it certainly appeared through the big door, both “in capacity” and in a way that has not existed so far. The first is through a visible change in the message of Aleksandar Vučić and the ruling SNS. Vučić largely leads three different campaigns – for the patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, for the president of Serbia, and for the mayor of Belgrade – in a conspicuously politically correct way, as it was not in previous election cycles.

First, it is “going to the feet of dissidents”, with the accompanying financial and political compromise in the background. This includes a Christmas visit to the Hilandar Monastery, as well as to the opposition mayor Milan Stamatović, to the ceremonial opening of the Zlatibor cable car.

In the case of Stamatović, it is considered that the nature of the agreement was as follows – Stamatović will not hold protest rallies against the government, and the government will not create problems with construction permits for the cable car. In the case of Hilandar, it can be assumed that the monastery will receive money to complete the renovation after the 2004 fire, and in return, for example, will not openly support Bishop Grigorije Duric, in case he runs for president of Serbia.

Secondly, apart from “going to the feet of dissidents”, the teams of the Serbian Progressive Party in charge of an incorrect campaign on social networks have been visibly withdrawn. That happened in April 2020, after the company Twitter announced that it had canceled about 8,500 accounts in Serbia that actively supported the ruling SNS. As they announced, some of those accounts were ten years old, but many of them were opened during the 2018 Belgrade elections.

The citizens of the capital are considered to be the most present on social networks, which mostly use the Internet as a means of information. For similar reasons, orders in countries such as Honduras, Egypt, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have been revoked. Then there were data in Serbia about how false findings were used for a mechanical robot campaign against the referendum in Northern Macedonia on changing the name of the country, ie on resolving the dispute with Greece, which was necessary for Skopje to join NATO (the Western military alliance does not accepts members who have disputes with each other.)

Third, while earlier only “bright” campaigns were reserved for Vučić without harsh words and personal insults, since it became certain that Biden and the democratic establishment in Washington would return to power, ugly words in appearances and texts have conspicuously disappeared in Serbia. , the higher echelon of the SNS.

Fourth, the main political topic is the successful “dialogue”, ie the preparation of serious negotiations between the “big” ruling bloc and the “small” opposition parties on improving the election conditions. If the defiant part of the opposition avoided “dialogue” before the elections in June 2020 due to the decision on the election boycott, now there is no place, they will have to participate, for the simple reason that in the circumstances of the pandemic crown there is no other political space available.

Although performances at the negotiating table are possible, it is a completely different stage than the street and demonstrations. There will be no pink paint for the doors of the RTS building as during the winter protests 2019/2020. a completely different kind of message will be sought. Everyone will try to be “good guys”, the shares of “bad guys” have plummeted down the political stock market.

The return of political correctness can be good news for the faction of excluded members of the Democratic Party, led by actor Branislav Lecic. Because, while those excluded members like Lecic were in power, the DS represented the main bearer and advocate of the ideology of political correctness in the Serbian framework. It is possible that they will be needed as such now by the opposition scene, than the rebel official DS led by Zoran Lutovac, which can be taken as an unforgivable sin to cooperate with politically incorrect right-wingers from Dveri Bosko Obradovic, during 2018-2020.

Fifth, the story of time exploded in the media due to the acquisition of circumstances, at the same time as the end of the election procedure in America. And that is a story about sexual abuse initiated by a young actress Milena Radulović, and supported by a group of her colleagues, by acting teacher Miroslav Mike Aleksić.

The essence of the ideology of political correctness is that it is measured by the right attitude towards a given social group, which is characterized as weak, vulnerable and unprotected, or insufficiently protected by the majority. In this case, it is about female children and young girls.

The huge public interest and media coverage in Serbia is equal to the publicity of the Me Too movement and campaign in America in 2017, initiated by women harassed during their artistic careers, whose victories include a prison sentence for Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Finally, it is to be expected that the success of the return of political correctness will depend on the way in which Biden will establish leadership, in which he will be helped by the fact that he performed the duty of vice president during the mandate of Barack Obama. But there are many who claim that the real leader will be the current vice president, Kamala Harris, who, with her political appearance, is the perfect product of the ideology of correctness.

The gloomy predictions continue to claim that the real crisis will actually appear as a danger of a pandemic, due to vaccination, will decrease and subside, and when the consequences of the redistribution of wealth that happened in the meantime, during the pandemic, happen. And that exactly coincides with the time of the elections in Serbia at the beginning of 2022.

Text taken from the Demostat portal

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