That was actually an interesting post. It's such a shame you spoiled it with the hilarious spelling of 'gobment'.It’s true that I found the GDR to be generally “better” than what came after, the (Capitalist) reunification, but I’d like to rectify your statements, if I may: there was never a time when the Soviet Union (or indeed other member-states of the Warsaw Pact) was ever “Communist”.
A small tip. If you go to a country that calls itself “Socialist”, ask if the workers are in charge and if the answer is “No”, then it’s not Socialist. If you go to a country that calls itself “Communist”, ask if they still use money and if the answer is “No”, then it’s not Communist. Fairly simple, but telling. However, I digress.
In a fairly recent (2016) study, Dimap (a German survey company) asked folks in the former GDR if they thought that things had been better under the old regime. Of those aged over 50, fully 65 percent said that they were. Surprisingly, in the age group 25 to 35, 45 percent of those asked also agreed with that. So it’s worthwhile to examine how such results were produced.
The elements in any Capitalist society destroying and constantly corroding social morale are mainly comprised of: worries that folks won’t be able to keep their jobs; worries that folks won’t be able to pay their bills at the end of the month; worries that (in the US) a sudden medical problem will bankrupt them: worries if folks can keep a roof over their heads and will end up homeless and on the streets; worries that their children can’t access the education they need. The list goes on. Is it any wonder that so many folks in Capitalist societies have any number of grave mental health issues due to their constant fears and that they’re continually frustrated?
All those important points were never, ever an issue in the GDR. But, I hasten to add, that wasn’t because of the policies introduced by the East German regime. The population itself kept the basic idea of “Socialism” alive and made sure that the gobment took no steps to reduce the social advantages – the 1953 Insurrection was the start of it. I'd also like to mention the astonishing level of basic democracy in the workplace that was a given in the GDR but is wholly absent in Capitalist societies.
Indeed, another survey carried out nationwide elicited the result that 60 percent of all Germans believed that some of the social aspects of East Germany should be adopted nationwide, for instance, the outstanding GDR education system, universal childcare, collective healthcare etc.
The absolute shite regime in the GDR produced an awful lot of what was wrong, but it also produced a lot of what was right. Just saying, like.
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