What IS a Zeitgeist?
Jerman for "Spirit of the Age". In this case it is to mean the "spirit" of the Utanian
people, the magazine reporting the people's thoughts behind the press-releases and reported
The complete UBM Philosophy
While the latest Kapur-Zeitgeist poll shows a surge in the vote for the Utanian
Burovian Movement, most voters know little about the worldwide "Burovian" movement: its
beliefs, its philosophy and its implementation in some of the world's largest nations.
Zeitgeist magazine despatched renown journalist Lawrence Sable to interview Utanian secretary
Naahi Bennett and Burovian World Assembly (BWA) spokesman Patrick Firlefenthz.
Never in the history of the Burovian movement has such a comprehensive detailing of
the Burovian philosophy been documented. Utania is privileged to be the first nation to gain
such an insight into the political philosophy that dominates such a large portion of the
globe, and now presents itself to the Utanian People in the form of the Utanian Burovian
Movement, a party that has recently won 4% of the national vote in the Kapur-Zeitgeist poll.
Undertaking this interview has also been a significant undertaking. I did not feel
comfortable interviewing only Naahi Bennett, though an amiable chap, as he was inexperienced
in the Burovian implementation. My greatest coup was in gaining access in Surina, the capital
of the worldwide Burovian organisation, to the Assembly spokesman Patrick Firlefenthz, one of
the most senior members of the Burovian organisation. It has taken me since May 27 until
August 20 (12 weeks and a day) to complete the interview, from initial questions to the
supplementary interview questions answered. But, even I am amazed by the extent of the
Firstly, Burovianism is a complete political philosophy, like Fascism and Communism,
but moderate and compassionate, unlike those philosophies. Its reach is from Westermarc to
Westria, Lombriga to Oost-Otago, Solanchatka to Deucoland. It governs hundreds of millions of
people, both Westrians and non-Westrians. It is pro-capitalism and anti-monopoly. It is
pro-development and strongly internationalist, though also promotes local autonomy. Strongly
anti-crime, and executes repeat offenders. There is no state religion, and complete freedom
of religion, and has a unique blend of various religions called Cruxism. Charity is the
Burovian's way of life, and corporations happily contribute, but welfare is near non-existent.
Perhaps the strongest and most notable distinctive feature of Burovianism is that it is
fervently anti-democracy. "people tend to be very influenced by money and its power in an
election campaign... give a guy a free Trinka Nuss Beer, and... tell him some boulder dash
story about how you are going to change government, and he'll vote for you", commented Mr
Firlefenthz on the evils of elections. "Democracy is a popularity contest that is driven by
money given by special interest groups. More times than not, a candidate is elected on terms
of their popularity and their pocketbook."
Democracy does not use the best people in government positions, said Mr Firlefenthz,
while Burovianism does. "The BWA... employs professionals who must pull their own weight
around. Each position has clear job requirements and if performance is not up to what is
required, a better qualified individual will be retained for their services as a replacement.
It's as simple as that."
To Firlefenthz, the central attraction of Burovianism is threefold:
"Freedom - people live with the freedom to assemble, speak, worship, publish and think
freely. Human rights are at the forefront of Burovianism. Discrimination and injustice are
"Prosperity - rapid economic development and a capitalist "partisan free market", close
collaboration between regions stimulated beneficially by the BWA's economic geniuses... this
has taken economically depressed or under developed areas such as Westermarc, Niokolo Koba,
Udan-Woo, etc., and turned them into contributing members of the Realm's economic powerhouse,
bringing prosperity and development to all its citizens.
"Peace and security - the neutrality approach, which means leaving others to destroy
their nations in war and conflict, while the Realm focuses its powers on development,
education, and scientific research for the better, while maintaining a zero tolerance policy
on crime, which allows our citizens to live with the peace of mind they need to be at their
And there is no denying that Burovianism has been enormously popular. Nation after
nation have joined the World Burovian Assembly, and experienced the economic benefits therein.
Still, for Utanians, the loss of democracy might be one sacrifice for economic development too
"Their hearts are in the right place", says Peoples party leader, George Okarvits,
"but the conclusion to abandon democracy is a little extreme." Okarvits added that Utanians
will not abandon their hard-won freedoms too lightly.
For the full text of the interview, click this link.
About this interview
This "interview" was a series of email between Max Suchy and Mike Ham between May 27 and August
20 amounting to a colossal 97kb worth of email. I've delved deep into Max's mind to find the
detail of the Burovian movement, the result is this interview.
For the Complete Interview...
For the complete text of this interview, the summary of quotes from the interview, or the
summary of Burovianism, click one of the links below:
Complete interview text
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