Economic Ignorance
12 September, 2013
Economic  Ignorance
The subject I am embarking on today is not exactly my regular bread and butter, and I am sure I will consequently be barraged with indignant questions and cynical comments for my brash attempt of stealing the show from those who know better in the field. So much for those sugary apologies!
Let us now start with a little innocent but straightforward question: why can’t this heavenly land of good people and rich nature provide for wellbeing of only three
to four million people we actually are, so that all of us here feel happy and sated? My personal grass-root-based answer is: our economic ignorance plus our unbridled infatuation with obfuscated political dealings and embittered account settlings.
There are so many, let’s say, compact countries in the world that have created a haven for their people to live in, and let others live too. Couldn’t any of them work as a model for us? Why don’t we drop immediately all those embarrassing political games both inside and outside the country and start working diligently on a model of a society which fits into our land comfortably and usefully. Let the new model start working after twenty, forty or whatever years, but let us lay the foundation now, so that the future generations at least know the taste of good life. Georgia was always known for its level of education, including economics. Where are those geniuses? Why can’t they come up with their model of better future for our people? Some of them may already have that cherished model in mind. Some might even have it in black-and-white, sitting somewhere in their dark scholarly drawers or on cobwebbed shelves. But the governments may not be considering their ideas very readily because the governments are usually busy with their short-term goals and endeavors, working on overnight success. If the reason of our inefficiency is our economic ignorance that is so viciously stuck in our way, then we have to go and learn from others how to behave. ‘Others’ are our foreign friends and fans from the Western world. To wit, our friends from the East are probably sailing in the same boat with us, speaking strictly economically. Georgia is widely loved and helped by those ‘others’, but we cannot go far enough with only their love and help and the excited compliments we are usually reaping when they are visiting in our truly beautiful country. We need something real and long-term. The first-aid-type assistance is not a cure. It is just a temporary relief. The treatment should start now that we are still alive and breathing. Otherwise the cure will never materialize. Let ‘others’ get together with our functional economic brains and work out something really practicable for this country. The often-happening prescribed conferences and formal meetings are doomed to fail. We need to undertake something more pragmatic and reasonable. Frankly, I had made such a move when the first democratically elected Georgian president came to power. Then I was working on the American television and had a powerful access to many intelligent professionals who were interested in Georgia’s bright future. My attempt then was interrupted with intra-national strife and my international effort had never come to fruition. Can we start all over again? Can we just sit down and think of how to feed our people in the best possible way and let them feel that the smartest among us are genuinely concerned with their well-being? Why do we need so much politicking in this small country when we should be putting our efforts mostly into something materially justifiable and practicable? The sense of priorities that I have long been talking and writing about is a must for this Nation. And it is only our national intellectual elite who might be versed enough in the system of national priorities to let it work in real life. It is a shame that Georgia – as fertile, beautiful, sonny, propitiously located and culturally fit as it is – cannot provide for universal wellbeing of its ever-expectant-for-good-life dwellers, ready to listen up to wise instructions and well-calculated directions towards what is commonly called an economic welfare. Shall we try to get out of that shame forever?

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