In all spheres, especially education, science, culture, and sports, the main manifestation of making things worse is not being able to get along with experts and society by making arguments like, “Who are you? We are the leaders of the revolution.” To say, “You don’t have the right to say anything because this is who you were when Serzh was in power” means to burn bridges with experts in each sphere. Of course, it may seem as though ruining relationships with teachers, scientists, artists, or athletes might not be a tragedy; “Let them say what they want to, the fact remains that they are unable to hinder our hard work in state-building.” All of Armenia’s authorities have thought that way, which is the first sign of detachment from reality. In reality, everyone has the right to speak, including those who learned about the revolution two weeks afterward, those who were not inspired by revolutionary ideas, and even those who were fighting against the revolution. Using a person’s attitude towards the revolution as a standard instead of holding a substantive debate means to act using the same principles that we rejected over 30 years ago, when the Central Committee had the final say in all debates.
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