40 Years in the Desert – 2. The Post-communist Mindset 1

2.1 Generalised Suspicion

It is estimated that in most former communist countries at least one out of every ten people was working in one way or another for the secret police. This was also true within the churches and all other organisations. The only groups that could not be controlled by the communist regime were those meeting underground, and this held true only until they were infiltrated by undercover agents or informers. This is why people living under communist regimes always had to be on their guard and exercise great care in everything they did, so as not to run the risk of being accused of being ‘enemies of the people’. Continue reading “40 Years in the Desert – 2. The Post-communist Mindset 1”

40 Years in the Desert – 1. The Legacy of Communism 3

1.3 Suspicion Towards Democracy

Communist propaganda has always demonised western democracy, and this penetrated deep into the social psyche. It is true that some of the communist critique of capitalism was justified, but this partial truth was always blended with so many lies and distortions that it became impossible to distinguish the truth from the falsehood. Things went so far that in many of the former communist countries people can hardly bring themselves to utter the word ‘capitalism’, while many openly admit that they hold socialist views (or social-democratic ones, which are basically quite similar; or much of a muchness, as the saying goes). Continue reading “40 Years in the Desert – 1. The Legacy of Communism 3”