The Success of "Romanian Moft"

December 1st, 2019 by Diana Coman

Romanian national day changes with the times1 but the strong declarations on the day - followed by little to no real action afterwards - remain as clear as ever. Still, there's no need for action indeed because meanwhile quite a lot of the rest of the world seems to have caught up with the cleverness of this approach so it's a great success really. Therefore here is as illustration what can only be called - I should hope at least - a moft itself since that's the overarching, quintessentially Romanian word for anything and everything2, as Caragiale said and promptly illustrated with examples3. Caragiale said much more than that though and although he said it in 1893 and thereabouts, it fits now as it did then, with only minor names that I changed here and there to help the current reader follow along.

In a young country such as ours4, a country that made it only recently into the our democracy system5 and into the concerted effort of great powers6, the online platform7 is the bread and butter of public opinion. The writer on such platform is therefore the baker of the intelligentsia.

It's not out of mercenary interest that he took this noble mission onto himself, nor out of lack of options otherwise; it's also not for the meagre earnings the activity may bring that he is dedicated to this painful mission of enlightening others; there is no trace of selfishness in his motives as he fights for the uplifting of the people and for reclaiming for them their usurped sovereignty; unlike his enemies, he is not moved by his own mercenary interest when he makes himself to be the dauntless defender and tireless sentinel of solemn rights and principles; moreover and most importantly, it's absolutely not out of total ignorance that he gets the certainty to give such staunch and categoric verdicts on every and all issues related to politics, economics, finances, sciences, literature, the arts etc etc.

No! It's his inexhaustible desire for the good of the nation, of the homeland, of the people8 that pushes him onto the public platform... Besides, he knows everything without having ever learnt it and he holds the firm conviction that everything will not be good for as long as it's bad!

With such committed bakers, it certainly follows that the public opinion is quite well and truly fed.

  1. It's been 1st of December since 1990 and that's ~30 years already so I wouldn't be surprised if it's due for a change really. It was the 23rd of August between 1948 and 1989. It was the 10th of May between 1866 and 1947. Pick and choose, for there's plenty and of all sorts, for all tastes and all regimes really. 

  2. Pedestrian translation would be "whim", if you must. 

  3. See "Moftul Roman". 

  4. Caragiale meant Romania but meanwhile he got even more widely relevant, so I'd say: such as ours or maybe yours or even theirs... 

  5. It used to be "sistema constitutionala" aka "constitutional system". 

  6. They call it union there and alliance here, something or the other at all times. 

  7. It used to be the offline gazette in 1893, that's all the difference. 

  8. Those were all "rromanian" in the original but meanwhile so many more fit here that I leave it to the reader to fill their own. 

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12 Responses to “The Success of "Romanian Moft"”

  1. Bwahahah quite entertaining.

    PS. "National" bullshits change with the tide because the concept itself is just 19th century Italian* anal children pretense.

    * sadly there's somewhere I discuss the poisonous offerings of period italian diaspora coming up with bullshit to rationalize why the Austrians shouldn't tell them what to do / administer italy, notwithstanding the italians themselves have zero capacity or even interest for the task themselves. Sadly... I can't find it anymore ;/ I apparently failed to link it to the discussion of the "altruism" coinage (though that's correctly linked to franco-romantic "genius" etc nonsense) and with everything the fuck else. Sorry.

  2. Diana Coman says:


    I spent some time searching for that discussion as it sounds familiar but I couldn't find it either nor quite remember more context to it so that I stand some better chance of finding it. Perhaps a helpful reader will come forward with it one day.

  3. hanbot says:

    the strong declarations on the day - followed by little to no real action afterwards - remain as clear as ever.

    Huh, I'm somehow innocent of even that much effort; all I've noticed is a declaration of "we won't work today, nominally different yet substantially identical to all the other days"....

  4. Diana Coman says:

    Heh, you are already reading there too closely those declarations, see? We shall "make it great again" is a declaration and that's all that is needed, too!

  5. @Mircea Popescu

    Is this the thread you're looking for ?

    mircea_popescu: here's the story, as retold by yours truly :
    mircea_popescu: the italians were being administered by the house of habsburg, because they were idle imbecile fuckwits throughout their existence.
    mircea_popescu: being idle imbecile fuckwits and regrettably still around as well they shouldnt', the italians deeply resented this situation, where the austrians administered them well as slaves, whereas they themselves couldn't, on their own strength, as much as organize a cup of coffee
    mircea_popescu: the unfairness of this situation wasn't, mind, that they were imbeciles, but that ~it is unfair~ that ~THINGS SHOULD BE SO~!!!!
    mircea_popescu: because they're "great people" in the sense of latins, 2k years prior, had been. so their team already won, why should they have to do work! REALITY IS UNFAIR!!!
    mircea_popescu: to "fix" this by their own lights, they came up with a wad of poisonous inept bullshit, to their best estimation perfectly engineered to end -- not the world, not the need of the world to be managed, but the ~possibility of managing it~, in-universe fantastically called "habsburg rule'/
    mircea_popescu: this fruited among the lesser barbarians in three places : in germany through cultural osmosis, producing the thing copied after musolini
    mircea_popescu: in the us through the italian diaspora, producing roosevelt and his nonsense, "bipartisan state" bla bla.
    mircea_popescu: and in the soviets, who copied it from the germans they defeated.
    mircea_popescu: but, the birth of "altruism" is the red thread in the whole pile of idiotic italian nonsense : mid 1800s is where it all starts.
    mircea_popescu: there wasn't a socialism before all that ; and there won't be a socialism in the future.
    mircea_popescu: ~fin~

  6. Diana Coman says:

    Having helpful readers, helps!

  7. Weaving in the archive digging yielding gold thread, does the Italian poison find its roots in what became the First French Empire and the Corsican's Kingdom of Italy ?

    I think this pretty much sums up the situation we have been enduring since that very first time the socialist borg broke into the mainstream of public discussion, in France, in 1789. Without respite since then increasingly organised hordes of grasshoppers raid the increasingly elusive ants of this world.

  8. Ideologically the root stands as the DW, for expediency (noted there as "not worth looking earlier" -- just like with the logs).

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