sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

April 21, 2014

Social Contract in Ukraine

Filed under: politics, Ukraine — edge of the sandbox @ 7:11 pm

I found this photo of a one-man protest on the feed of my onetime classmate from Kharkov, Ukraine.  This woman lives in the south-east of the country and is of ethnically mixed origin, Russian and Latvian, if I remember correctly, and is married to a man with an Ukrainian surname.  Although she opposed the Maidan protests and considers the current government illegitimate, she wants to live in a country called Ukraine She also opposes a war between her country and Russia as well as the partial mobilization declared by the temporary government in Kyiv.  This is a pretty common sentiment in Ukraine’s south-west.

The man is holding up a poster that reads “My son didn’t go to pre-school — he will not go to the army!”

Somewhere in Ukraine

His son didn’t go to pre-school because the lines to subsidized pre-schools are often so long that children grow up before their turn comes up.  Ukraine is in no way unique in this regard; I hear the situation in France is no different.  In any event, a viable nation doesn’t need an elaborate welfare apparatus to produce defenders of the state.

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