- Zagreb, HR
An advice to Croatian citizens on how to vote correctly and not regret it later
An interview with the author of the book Nationalists and Patriots was published in Obzor, political magazine of the Večernji list paper, on July 11. Maurizio Viroli, political scientist and professor at the University of Texas, talked with journalist Branimir Pofuk about his book and the differences between patriotism and nationalism through a wide range of political and social phenomena, but also through human lives themselves, the past, the present and the future:
Good citizens do not grow on their own, like wildflowers. This requires education that will encourage and support people to think critically about their communities and the society. And my advice to Croatian citizens, as well as to Italians, is very simple and consists of one of Machiavelli's sayings: "Look at their hands." So, do not listen to the words of politicians, but look at what they are doing. Another rule I would suggest, apart from looking at their hands, is to look at their past and what they have done so far. If you stick to it, you are much less likely to make the wrong choice that you will later bitterly regret.
You can read the whole interview here.