Romania : Nostalgia for the past
Jose G. Perez
jgperez at SPAMfreepcmail.com
Mon Nov 22 11:48:29 MST 1999
> BUCHAREST, Romania -- Ten years after communism's fall, 4 in 5
> are unhappy with the way they live, with 61 percent saying they were
> better off under the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, an opinion poll
> "This is a very sad picture of Romanian society," political scientist
> Dorel Abraham told a news conference late last week while commenting
> the findings of the survey released by the Open Society Foundation.
This is indeed a striking finding. Ceausescu's regime was, I think it
fair to say, by far the worst of any of the East European worker's states.
The population was kept to a level of economic deprivation unheard of in
places like E Germany, Poland or Czechoslovakia by murderous repression
while the bureaucracy built itself palaces.
Now even Ceasescu --whose Christmas day execution caused mass jubilation
in Romania a decade ago-- is now seen as a lesser evil to capitalism.
From: Macdonald Stainsby <mstainsby at dojo.tao.ca>
To: Leninist-international at buo319b.econ.utah.edu
<Leninist-international at buo319b.econ.utah.edu>
Cc: marxism at lists.panix.com <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Date: Monday, November 22, 1999 9:37 AM
Subject: Fwd: Romania : Nostalgia for the past
>Forwarded From: Rick Rozoff <rrozoff at webtv.net>
>> ROMANIANS LIKED LIFE BETTER UNDER COMMUNISM
>> November 21, 1999
>> BUCHAREST, Romania -- Ten years after communism's fall, 4 in 5
>> are unhappy with the way they live, with 61 percent saying they were
>> better off under the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, an opinion poll
>> "This is a very sad picture of Romanian society," political scientist
>> Dorel Abraham told a news conference late last week while commenting
>> the findings of the survey released by the Open Society Foundation.
>> The survey also showed a dramatic plunge in popularity ratings for
>> President Emil Constantinescu and his centrists, who are now trailing
>> far behind the leftists they ousted in polls three years ago.
>> "The situation in the country is very tense, the mood is bad and
>> pessimism is on the rise," Abraham said.
>> Disaster, poverty, chaos, difficulties and disorder were the words
>> chosen by most of the 2,019 Romanians polled in late October to best
>> describe the country's situation, as Romania prepares to mark 10 years
>> since Eastern Europe's most violent anti-communist revolution.
>> Perhaps not surprisingly, Abraham said, Ceausescu was chosen by most,
>> 22 percent of those polled, as Romania's best, as well as its most
>> leader over the past 100 years.
>> "This paradox also reflects the current economic and social
>> Abraham said.
>> The poll also showed that 84 percent of Romanians lack confidence in
>> government after three years of a shrinking economy and widespread
>> layoffs. More than 80 percent said they had lost confidence in
>> parliament and political parties.
>> Failure to meet promises of weeding out corruption, improving living
>> standards and speeding up privatization also halved support for
>> Constantinescu, now at a record low of 17 percent, down from 38
>> last year.
>> Leftist rival Ion Iliescu, defeated by Constantinescu in 1996 polls
>> after seven years in office, is now credited with 44 percent of
>> credibility, up from 28 percent a year ago.
>> With support for Constantinescu's centrists halved from June's 34
>> percent, the survey showed that Iliescu's Party of Social Democracy
>> the biggest gainer from what Abraham called "three years of
>> mismanagement and hesitation."
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