Lives Journal 9

Rajko Shushtarshich




»The eye that sees all – tarot cards and fortune telling«


Dedicated to my professor

Dr. Jozhe Gorichar


I have set about writing this article rather late in life and my memory is no longer as fresh as it used to be. My model is from memory and is reliable as such, however for a more serious study I would have to find Gorichar’s lecture. But for me this model is not of prime importance. Above all I wanted to illustrate the systematic measure (the measure of the Eye of God). This article is a sort of introduction to my next article The Media Lynch.

I should also mention this: I have intended to write this for many years, for a number of decades actually, as my debt to the respected professor. So please read it in the knowledge that many details may be wrong, but the main element should be as it is described here.

It all happened at a symposium in the mid-eighties about the »crisis in the Yugoslav self-administered society«. I only ever attended two such symposia. Professor Jozhe Gorichar, who was the Nestor of Slovenian sociology at the time, delivered a resounding lecture. It was received with great approval and enthusiasm. He made a great impression on me - I did not care much for the systematic explainers of the system of those times. I can remember the essence of what he said to this day. Now let us turn to the matter and finally to the essence of the lecture.

The model was (the abstract outline) to present the social order and of course at the same time to illuminate its key problems. Gorichar illustrated it graphically with an equilateral triangle:

top: the state

bottom right: the market

bottom left: self-administration


There followed a picturesque description that I will reproduce here only schematically:

first, the conflicts of interest between the state – the institution of power and the market (roughly the kind that we feel to this day with the state running of national property);

then, the antagonism between the market and self-administration – as the fundamental ideology of the system (the so-called »techno-liberals« represented a particular problem 1);

and: problems between the »social contract« (i.e. the state implementation of authority by means of decrees) and the enforcement of self-administrative socialist relations 2).

Everything was alright this far, we could say: nothing special, acceptably critical and an individual view of our socialist self-administrating reality and its economic problems. However, the original way he presented this topic was visibly different from all the other lecturers.

Then followed a fundamental argument – carefully, at first like a question: How can this function? Why does the object (described and illustrated in the model) not fall apart, not explode. Well, the communist party sees (saw) to that!

(At the end of his lecture, in a moment carefully chosen for heightened effect, he drew in the middle of the triangle the communist party as the: all-seeing eye of God.)







Then it happened: he told us – about three young students in room K at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy of the Edvard Kardel University in Ljubljana, at Cankarjeva 1 (now the hall of the Slovenian World Congress). The institute was bugged at the time. At least that is what Delo– the newsletter of the Socialist Union of the Working People – reported. It was listed together with around three other institutions that were bugged (the other three were much more important for the system). But this no longer bothered him.

From being the Nestor of Slovenian sociology, Jozhe Gorichar became a nobody overnight. Telephones stopped ringing, no-one rang him, former colleagues, acquaintances and friends avoided him. ... Rather than continuing by describing this systematic measure to isolate and exclude him, I will rather say something from a human perspective. He was visibly hurt. I sympathised with him and my respect for him increased enormously. Even nowadays, I am filled with emotion every time I remember the story he told us.


You have probably already asked yourself what the present-day model would look like – the model of our post-totalitarian society3?

You will have to consider this yourselves, I have had nothing to do with system analyses for some time now. I can only contribute a few hypothetical comments:

the state has replaced the super-system: Slovenia was sovereign for a short space of time, now it is part of the EU:

the market (it appears more often in a broader system as the economy (i.e. the economic or capital subsystem);

the ideology of self-administration has completely evaporated and been replaced by the ideology of neoliberalism or at least some of its derivatives – transitional modality the Slovenian way. But only temporarily because post-post it will be replaced by the ideology of the system which is currently the EU and Slovenia is only a small subsystem (CHEK) 4 within it.


Oh All-seeing eye5, tell me: Who is overseeing us now? Who is leading the games of the system? Who has replaced the communist party?

Answer these questions for yourselves or consult the tarot cards.

My humble opinion: the game may be led by Edi or Dedi but no significant differences in the game (in the games of the system) will be seen.




Translated from Slovenian by Marko Petrovich





My comments:

1 The communist party kept a beady eye on enemies of the regime, but this was meant rather to intimidate the broader masses of the people than that these enemies actually posed a serious danger in the games of the system. A greater headache was caused for the communist party by the so-called techno-liberals who were like an infection in the all-seeing eye.

2 When it was impossible to accept – this being the rule and not an exception – the self-administratory agreement in some important social sphere – activities, the »state« passed a social contract that was actually a state diktat or decree.

3 According to the totalitarian regime, only one system is possible: the post-totalitarian system.

4Within Yugoslavia, Slovenia played the key role in creating the ideology of self-administration – the reality of self-administration!

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­5 The all-seeing eye, tarot cards and fortune-telling, 


5a For future analysts of the system perhaps two more versions of the eye:






Slovenian (gajica)

Slovenian (bohorichica)