East European Phrase to Describe Grim Reality of Capitalism

One of the factors, which boosted the vote of the odious, neo-Nazi party, the Alternative fuer Deutschland, and the other Fascist parties now gaining votes and power in eastern Europe has been the complete disillusionment of many of their citizens with the reality of life under capitalism, according to a piece I commented on in Counterpunch a week ago. When they overthrew Communism and Soviet domination a quarter of a century ago, they looked forward to a future of western-style democracy, and a prosperous economy.

That future has not materialized. Factories have closed, and unemployment in the east of Germany remains much higher than in the west. And the same is true of much of the former eastern bloc, as the business combines that provided work, but no or not enough profit under the new, capitalist, free market economics have closed. A survey eight years ago in 2009 found that 51 per cent of people in the former East Germany wanted Communism to come back. There, and in other former Communist bloc countries, a common sentiment is ‘Things were better then. We had jobs’.

The veteran opponent of American imperialism, William Blum, comments on the continuing hostility to Communism in the American media, and their failure to realise or concede that the Communist system actually provided some benefits to its peoples, benefits which have vanished under capitalism. He states that this has resulted in a saying going the rounds in eastern Europe which succinctly describes this disillusionment.

Everything the Communists told us about Communism was lies. Everything they told us about capitalism was true.

To read the whole article, and much more in the latest issue of his Anti-Empire Report, go to: https://williamblum.org/aer/read/151

Historians and political scientists, particularly German, have described Nazism as ‘nihilistic’. This underlines the fact that it is better described by what it rejected. It attacked capitalism, liberalism, democracy, Socialism, Communism, part – though not all – of the Enlightenment – and notions of universal brotherhood and equality. Instead there was simply an aggressive, genocidal racism, xenophobia and militarism.

It strongly seems to me that the fall of Communism, and the failure of capitalism, has resulted in the resurgence of Fascism because it has created the same bleak, nihilistic mindset. When capitalism and Communism don’t work, the result is that some people will look for solutions to their political problems in the glories of an imagined past, and old racial hatreds – against Jews, Roma, and now Blacks and Muslims, will return.

The way to break this is to abandon neoliberal economics – the economics that are keeping people of all every nation around the world disempowered, impoverished and fearful in favour of boosting the profits of greedy multinationals, and bring back some form of socialism. A real socialism, that actually works for people, rather than the big corporations and the exploitative banking system at the heart of the EU.

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5 Responses to “East European Phrase to Describe Grim Reality of Capitalism”

  1. vondreassen Says:

    Heard a young conservatist (at conference) on Radio 4 – Asked what he thought of Jeremy Corbyn – Said he would bring us down to ‘communism’
    This idiot (lotta them about) knows f.a. about communism and even less that there are functioning successful Democratic Socialist governments who look at the UK with sad despair…

    • beastrabban Says:

      Unfortunately, there are a lot of people like him, and they’ve always been there. And it’s worse over the other side of the Altantic. When you hear some of the Conservative talk show hosts in America denouncing Obama as a Maoist Communist, it becomes very clear that they have no idea what Marxism, Communism or democratic socialism actually are. As for democratic socialist governments looking at us with sad despair, I remember how under Tony Blair Labour were nearly kicked out of the socialist bloc of parties in the EU.

  2. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  3. Autumn Cote Says:

    Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? There is no fexe; I’m simply trying to add more content diversity for our community and I thought this was well-written. I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. If “OK” please let me know via email.

    Autumn
    AutumnCote@WriterBeat.com

  4. vondreassen Says:

    Reblogged this on vondreassen.

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