[Marxism] Another side of the Berlin Wall
suarsos at alphalink.com.au
Tue Nov 24 18:02:42 MST 2009
Adam Richmond wrote::
> The main danger to East German
> socialism was not in West Germany, but in the wretched police
> government of the SED.
>This is either misled, or false.
>The main danger WAS in West Germany.
>The greatest failure, or danger if you so prefer, of the "wretched
police government of the SED", was that it was a doomed to fail.
This seems to me a pointless counter-position. Both were dangers, and they
reinforced each other.
But Nestor, why the quotation marks? The SED did run a wretched police
government. My friend in East Berlin was confronted on campus by a Stasi
agent who had been reading her mail. "You're corresponding with an
American." Her father, a blue collar worker, had gone to prison for trying
to leave the GDR, and he was no right winger. Rather he was basically
apolitical. What is this if not a wretched police state?
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