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Defeat

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02.10.2018

Photo: Predrag Trokicic

Vucic didn’t stand a chance against himself. He was always doomed to lose against the superior opponent. Here’s another way to say this: Vucic didn’t stand a chance with himself. As long as he is the way he is – omnipotent, he will experience nothing but defeat. Together with Serbia.

This is not an absurd, logically impossible statement. This is an easily explainable paradox, which was pointed out by Srdja Popovic two decades ago, in a different setting. Back then he wrote about Slobodan Milosevic, in an essay appropriately titled “Unmotivated evil”.

He borrowed the phrase “unmotivated evil” from Coleridge and connected it with W. H. Auden’s interpretation of Iago from Shakespeare’s “Othelo”. Here’s what Auden said about Iago: “The greatest pleasure of this villain is to cause pain to others and to impose his will by violence”.

Popovic’s point was simple: if we try to analyze Milosevic’s politics from a rational point of view, there is no explanation. However, it we apply the principle of “unmotivated evil”, things start to make........

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