[Marxism] Hungarians long for communism

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 9 11:50:01 MDT 2008

We had a thread started by David Picón Álvarez about this not
long ago. IDOM posted this confirmation article on its website
today. It's always important to keep in mind that capitalism
was abolished in Hungary as a result of the invasion and the
occupation of the country by the USSR after World War II, not
an indigenous socialist revolution. Beyond that, it had the
further discouraging circumstance - to put it diplomatically - 
of being occupied by a Soviet Army again in 1956 after they
had an indigenous popular uprising. For Hungarians today to
look back nostalgically is really quite a condemnation of the
world wrought in that country since capitalism was restored.

It's not surprising that our friends in Cuba should be quite
conscious of these experiences as they begin to implement a
range of discussions and changes in their own country.

Walter Lippmann

Hungarians feel life was better under communism 	
By In Defence of Marxism 
Monday, 09 June 2008


Most Hungarians believe that life was better in the János
Kádár era before "Communism" collapsed in 1989-90,
according to a survey by market researchers Gfk Piackutató.

In all, 62% of the 1,000 people interviewed said they were
happiest in the period preceding the change of regime, up
from 53% in 2001. Those favouring the Kádár era were
generally the elderly rather than the young, and those with
lesser schooling. The number saying that the pre-1990 era
was the worst fell from 20% in 2001 to 13% today.

Only 14% of respondents said the period since 1990 has been
their happiest, while 60% said it has been the least happy,
compared to 17% and 48% seven years ago.

Another 11% chose the period before the Second World War as
the best, down from 14% in 2001.

Some 80% of those 50 years of age or older consider the
time before the change of regime happier. Nearly 75% of
those aged 40-49, and 55% of those who were students and
young adults during the late 1980s concur, whereas only 24%
of those aged 15-29 agree.

Sociologist Pál Tamás of the Academy of Sciences sociology
institute told Népszabadság that the poll does not reflect
political nostalgia. "In general this region was less happy
in the 1990s than Western Europe. It has been shown that an
East German who has a job is less happy than a jobless West
German. The struggle and the basic feeling of 'I have been
promised much and I received little' characterizes this
region," he said.

David Picón Álvarez: Hungarians long for communism 

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