Jan Antonín Baťa; source: ČTK.
Jan Antonín Baťa; source: ČTK.

Let’s Build the State

Jan Antonín Baťa

Surely there are nations in the World that would like Czechoslovakia to continue to lead such a passive life in terms of economy. Surely many people would still like us to use the same methods, to take care of small things and postpone big ones. Surely someone would benefit from it if we were scared to take responsibility, if we’d rather mend unemployment with pittance, if we’d patch leaky laws with laws equally leaky, if we’d limit our political activities to compensation of holes in the state budget according to the practice “take what you can get.” We might keep ourselves alive for a few more decades with this kind of management.
However, there has been a widespread change in Europe in recent years. It’s not a pleasant background for an economy settling for patches anymore.
Europe has slowly been transforming into a system of truly modern states. States connected with perfect highways for the automobile; states strategically penetrated with the most direct railroads; states economically strengthened thanks to a system of commercial water canals.
In this Europe we won’t succeed as apprentices any more. We can defend our political and economic independence only if we let go of the apprentice’s indecisiveness and stand up on our own feet as enterprising young leaders.

Send e-mail back »

ERA21 vydává ERA Média, s. r. o.
Chleborádova 69/22, 619 00 Brno

Phone: +420 530 500 801
E-mail: redakce@era21.cz
Projekt se v roce 2023 uskutečňuje za finanční podpory: Ministerstva kultury ČR, Nadace české architektury, Statutárního města Brna a Státního fondu kultury ČR.
Copyright ©2004-2023 ERA Média, s.r.o
Použití článků a fotografií nebo jejich částí je bez souhlasu vydavatele zakázáno.

Information about cookies on this page

To get an idea of what you like to read, we use cookies on the website, which we process in accordance with the privacy policy. If you want to let us know what you are interested in, please give your consent to the processing of all types of cookies.


Cookie settings

The cookies that are used on this site are divided into categories and below you can find out more about each category and allow or deny some or all of them. Once you disable categories that were previously enabled, all cookies associated with that category will be deleted from your browser.