Romania's Unrevolutionary Revolution

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Via Carmen Elena Dorobat of The Mises Institute,

February in Romania has brought 27 consecutive days of protests against the current government, at a scale unmatched since the Revolution in 1989.

In a record day, more than 600,000 people gathered in the capital’s Victory Square and around the country to overturn a decision by the current ruling party to decriminalize some acts of corruption and abuse of office. This decision was especially self-serving given the high number of party members already serving suspended sentences for similar graft offenses. News outlets around the world have covered the events using flattering words, describing the peaceful riots as a “poetry of international resistance” and a “massive political awakening.”

The resilience—and moderate success—of protesters, in spite of the government digging its heels in and the temperatures dropping, has been undeniably impressive, and has demonstrated an energetic interest in pursuing justice, which, rightly employed, could become the driver of a much needed change in Romanian politics.

Yet at the same time, amongst the shouting against totalitarian measures aimed at changing the penal and civil code, other voices emerged as well. Equally numerous, and sometimes belonging to the same people, they call for stronger ‘democratic’ processes and offer public displays of affection for the European Union. Unsurprisingly, there have also been no mass protests against another fairly recent economic policy which forces supermarkets to ensure at least 51% of their grocery offers are of Romanian provenance. In this regard, many protesters might decry the ‘thieving multinational corporations’, and ask for a government crackdown on tax evasions, in order to provide for socialized healthcare and education.

As much as one agrees with the initial outrage or admires the revolutionary spirit of Romania’s youth, we are inevitably faced with the realization that—as is often the case in modern day revolutions—the message from protesters has hardly been one of true liberty. Rather, these social uprisings eventually coalesce into a murky “anti” movement, unsupported by principles and looking to replace a present evil with another, perhaps less evident but equally harmful.

All this was reminiscent of Mises’s analysis of the ‘sham anticommunist front’ in The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality:

What these people… are aiming at is communism without those inherent and necessary features of communism which are still unpalatable... They think that they have proved their case by employing such aliases for socialism as planning or the welfare state. They pretend to reject the revolutionary and dictatorial aspirations of the "Reds" and at the same time they praise Karl Marx… as the eminent benefactor and liberator of mankind.


They want to make us believe that untotalitarian totalitarianism, a kind of a triangular square, is the patent medicine for all ills. […] In short: they pretend to fight communism in trying to convert people to the ideas of the Communist Manifesto.

The most worrying aspect is that the overwhelming majority of people are unaware that the ‘overhauling change’ they proclaim will amount only to a slight shift in the system that oppresses them and which they wish to fight. Others, even close friends for whose principled stance I can vouch, have found themselves face to face with political compromise, asking whether it is not better to trade a return towards the policies of the USSR for the more benign EU, or the welfare state for the respect for the rule of law.

The sad lesson to learn here is that the state eventually gorges on every choice you have: from prices and products in the market, to education and jobs, and finally even to the things you are able to protest against or dream about changing. In times such as these, it may be difficult to know what one needs to fight for. However, Mises’s motto—Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it—remains the best thing to uphold.

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HRH Feant (not verified) Feb 28, 2017 3:37 AM

What are they protesting against? Corruption? In Romania? Say it ain't so!

As for being in a crowd of 600K people in February? Yikes! Sounds like people don't have enough work and too much free time on their hands.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) HRH Feant Feb 28, 2017 4:04 AM

Same thing is going on here. I keep hearing "Capitalism is to blame. Have you read the communist manifesto? Karl Marx was right!"

Yet they walkaway from you when you point out that the masses are in breadlines in that system and the elites are still at the top, see those Chinese billionaires.

Most do not want to work. One guy just got sued by a Romanian worker who claimed he didn't pay him saying he wanted time and half, and double time from the owner for working 2 weeks as a busboy. He wants $700 and the owner said it will cost him more to go to court proving the kid is lying.

They don't come here to work, they get a job then claim workman's comp injury after a week.

The whole generation is shit worldwide. Why people will accept robots.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


As for being in a crowd of 600K people in February? Yikes!

Yes, it's not something ordinary people would be doing, especially in February. Of course, a crowd of 600,000 at any time of year doesn't just spontaneously assemble. It requires organization, planning, and logistic support.

Keeping them in place for nearly a month is even more complicated, as it would require the coordination, delivery, and assembly of temporary infrastructure capable of providing food, shelter, and sanitation for the equivalent of a large city. This doesn't happen without serious financial backing.

Sounds like people don't have enough work and too much free time on their hands.

A significant number of them are at work. Watch for burning tires, Molotov cocktails, and interlopers with cookies.

DeeZ_nutZ's picture

perfect timing for Moldova to move in and steal shit.  in the act of protection of moldovan speaking region or some historic reason to own land or some other shit.  Carpe Diem, as  they say in moscow! 

Welder's picture

There's no moldovan language. In Republic of Moldova they speak Romanian. Half of  historycal Moldova still belongs to Romania, roughly one third of the country. 


MalteseFalcon's picture

Moldavia for Moldavians!!

Erek's picture

Could this be the future of the Eurozone?

Kaeako's picture

It most certainly is, assuming that the Eurozone actually survives long enough. These protesters are the future of Romania and openly display fondness of the EU over their own government. Romania dreamin'.

harrybrown's picture

Where is George Soros in all this.... he's the bad apple in very barrell in every country.

Seb's picture

Look at the background of some of the most vocal "anti-corruption" protesters and you will find out.

Oldrepublic's picture

Soros' hand is most definitely in this so called revolt

see this article from Fort Russ

Oldrepublic's picture

It is actually a Soros backed Color revolution, similar to what is taking place

now in Macedonia.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

The color revolution in Macedonia ended a few months back, now it's time for the patriots' counter-revolution...

Teja's picture

Ah, thank you - an Eastern European revolution (of sorts), and no one was mentioning Soros at ZH? You saved the show.

Now please be so kind and state that the corruption decriminalisation law is an invention of the media, and do not to forget the term "Orange Revolution".

TheReplacement's picture

Decriminalizing corruption was probably an idea planted by Soros' operatives in order to create the conditions that would allow for a color revolution. 

Tentacles everywhere that one.

bigkahuna's picture

Also beware of the CIA - not to excuse any dirtbag politicians who inveritably deserve to swing - but watch out Romania!! This is where the bastards step in and rob you blind - yes, just as bad as the guys you want out - if not much worse.

LA_Goldbug's picture

So the Romanians have finally noticed the fruits of open boarders and membership in that Utopian Project called "The EU",

"Unsurprisingly, there have also been no mass protests against another fairly recent economic policy which forces supermarkets to ensure at least 51% of their grocery offers are of Romanian provenance. In this regard, many protesters might decry the ‘thieving multinational corporations’, and ask for a government crackdown on tax evasions, in order to provide for socialized healthcare and education."

The rest of Eastern/Central Europe is enjoying the same fruits of getting milked to the last penny by the "senior" members of the EU Country Club.

Kaeako's picture

Umm, these protesters are overwhelmingly pro-EU, so it seems they do consider the EU a ticket to a better future.

LA_Goldbug's picture

I am trying to point out to those not following politics in this part of the EU that IF THE GOVERNMENT is putting in legislation requiring that at least 51% of the products are FROM ROMANIA it is BECAUSE countries like Germany, France, and other 1st tier nations are flooding this poor place with their products. End result is that in Romania things are not getting better but progressively worst. This outflow of money from these poor countries is happening thanks to puppets of the West. One of the rewards for these puppets is a job sitting behind a desk in Brussels pulling in 20k euro per month + bonuses.

PrivetHedge's picture

They think what they are paid to think.

kenzo7's picture

Fun fact: ever since Romania got rid of Commies, its population is decreasing every day and now it's on level of 60s, people leave the country and mostly wash old flabby arses in German retirement houses or clean toilets in UK while Romanian economy is destroyed. This is Eastern-European version of freedom.

SorinSop's picture

IMF said in 2016 that Romania its the top performing country in EU in regards to growth, you have extremely old information.

kenzo7's picture

That's even not funny. IMF also said Ukrainian economy is OK ans gave them money lol. Surely it's hard to go lower when you're at the very bottom. Have you ever been in Romania? Have you ever seen their roads and houses? This is absolute shithole meanwhile the govt is gonna build the biggest church in Europe. I guess people leave it cos of good living conditions

hroerekr's picture

Lasa-i pe astia, frate, ca nu vad nimic inafara de jos banci centrale, jos UE, Soros peste tot, si ce buna-i Rusia.

Citeste stirile, analizele, pentru ca ele sunt ok. Ignora comentariile. Sunt o mare pierdere de vreme!


Erek's picture

"IMF said in 2016 that Romania its the top performing country in EU in regards to growth..." Maybe the IMF meant "growth" as in tumors, cancers and other growths as a result of lingering radiation from Chernobyl.

Volkodav's picture

      cos IMF said...



detached.amusement's picture

Illegitimate Monetary Fuckery

Sandmann's picture

Romanians are one thing, Gypsies are another

Batman11's picture

You are free to spend your money as you choose.

No money, no freedom

So much for choice.

When freedom is proportional to money you get trouble when people don't have any money to spend.

You have taken away their freedom.

Batman11's picture

Inherit loads of money and you can be totally free, even from work.

Pay someone to invest your inheritance and live off the income.

This is probably what those Austrian aristocrats had in mind, looking after their own.

We still have an aristocracy in the UK and they do sweet FA, living off trust funds and inheritance.

They are probably of the Austrian school, it was designed for aristocrats.


Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

Except, in no place on the planet are you technically free to spend your money as you choose, in multiple ways. Your argument is invalid. Garbage in, garbage out.

Sandmann's picture

Romania never had a revolution. The Securitate staged a coup against Ceaucescu to keep in power. The EU simply consolidated the power base. 1990 Mineriad Revolt. The crooks like Ion Iliescu are protected by CIA.  Apparently Romania Air Force is now staffed with Polish pilots and the country has sold itself to the USA as a forward base against Russia [bit like they did in 1941 for Adolf]

Grandad Grumps's picture

I think this was avery good article because it pointed out what should be obvious truth, but is unfortunately not, that Marx and Engels were frauds who deceived the people with their communist ideal and who only wanted to provide a way for others to use the people for their own selfish ends.

This is a beautiful world with very bad management. Good management is not allowed to survive amidst the corrupted, corrupt and corrupting forces that parasitically rule. But, that is what was foretold for the 4th age of man, the age of chaos.

I wonder if the Hillarys of the world realize that there is no 5th age. The way it is told, we either learn how to advance or are scrapped. Hiding under rocks is to no avail. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

barroter's picture

I see Putin is busy destabilizing this one...

TAALR Swift's picture

The Mises motto "Do not give in to evil" needs some elaboration. 

Define "evil". Ask 100 people, and you get 100 different responses. 

Does anyone remember the motto of the Google founders?  "Do no evil". 

These all sound like advertising tag lines. Nice sounding jibberish, designed to soothe the ears of an unsuspecting audience. 

Jack's Raging Bile Duct's picture

I doubt you've read Human Action, or anything written by Rothbard for that matter. Everything surrounding Austrian economic theory is that you cannot predict people, and attempt to control their behavior are fool-hardy and ultimately destructive.

Boscovius's picture

"Peaceful Riots".

 The DoubleSpeak is strong in this one.

TAALR Swift's picture

Let's call them Snowflake or Pussy Riots then.

Zamolxe000's picture

I'm a fellow Romanian,

And this article is FAKE NEWS.

For starter, there weren’t no where near 600k people protesting in the Victory Square, that’s a blatant lie. You can barely get in there 60k-80k of people…but hey…”Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”

Secondly, and what is most important behind these protests are several of the George Soros’s NGOs and the opposition party. 

We hold general elections in December 2016 and the socialist party won, so now the right want to stage a coup to take the power back. Sounds familiar? Don’t be followed because in Europe, especially in the Easter Europe, the “right” is like the Democrats (regressive libtards) and the left is like the Republicans more conservative in their policies.

Everything else is just mental mansturbation.

All the main strem media havebeen producing only FAKE NEWS about what really happens in Romania.


TAALR Swift's picture

If their protests are so unfocused and anemic, does it mean that that the lifeblood has been sucked out of the Romanian peasants?

Let's blame... Vlad.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

"...benign EU"? Now, that redefines delusional!

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Romanian whore/politicians invited U.S. missiles into the country, ensuring Romaniana will be among the first place to get incinerated when the shit hits the rotary air moving device.

dogismycopilot's picture

Romanian women are super hot and super freaky and super fun (until they go psycho and then it is best just to leave and never call again).