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"History repeats itself, the war will soon begin"
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23rd-Jul-2016 11:46 am
Black suits comin'
Ein netter Aspekt über die "Wiedervereinigung", den man wissen sollte: Abschlüsse, die nicht anerkannt werden, Geburtsurkunden, die nicht anerkannt werden - nur, weil dort ein Stempel mit Hammer, Zirkel und Ährenkranz drauf ist. Als hätten es sich die Leute aussuchen können, in welchem von beiden Staaten sie geboren werden.
Da weiß man schon gleich, dass man nur annektiert wurde.

A nice aspect about the German reunification that everyone should know: Graduations and degrees that don't get acknowledged, birth certificates that don't get acknowledged - only because there's a stamp depicturing hammer, dividers and garland of corn* on it. (*Note: It seems like there's no proper translation for "Hammer, Zirkel und Ährenkranz", so I took it word by word. As such it means the symbol in the flag of the GDR that distinguished the black, yellow and red German flag of that German state from the flag of West Germany, which can be found in the same colors, but blank in that middle space or with the black federal eagle instead.)
As if the people could have chosen which one of both states they were born in.
Such aspects let you know right away that haven't been reunified, but you have been annexed.
26th-Jul-2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
In that way I even agree with the fair-weather-leftists if they come to the recognition: Capitalism achieved it, through the splitting of family structures, through this working here, working there, driving a hundred kilometers to work per day (!), they made it to destroy a person's support network and by that the core of every organized resistance that could possibly rebel against them.
Additionally, by the minority trench wars that have been exported from America and that have been turned into the aggressive direction of imposing minority advantage rights, recently, they established a thinking in peoples' heads commonly to perceive their differences much more than what they all have in common, and by that they also get it to separate them as a large group, as citizens, and that they jump in each others' faces over literally nothing.
They fail to perceive in their minds they're all people living in one and the same area, that they go to the same factories to work and to the same shops to buy their daily needs.
27th-Jul-2016 03:06 am (UTC)
True but you can't turn the course of how the society develops. Historical dialectical materialism. Sooner or later we will have to move to a new social formation. I can't see anyone objecting against a fair world without people exploiting other people. How simple it is yet propaganda made them think it is utopia. Yeah, right.

By the way, I was writing in Russian about what you told me about work and education and GDR and it is so true. Amazing we thought the same thing. I was a stupid kid at the time and they showed us all these Hollywood movies on tv where everyone is so cool and they have houses with five bedrooms, three bathrooms with green lawns and cars and clothes. But forgot to mention mortgages, and totally unaffordable healthcare for profit, and unemployment, and homeless people. Lots of people I know consider themselves fooled.
27th-Jul-2016 08:08 am (UTC)
No, one can't. But what you can do is telling it people straight in their faces how things are, so they maybe start to do something differently because they didn't realize before.
You know, often enough I encounter I think higher than most people do, they simply don't recognize. And even those who recognize, you can open up possibilities to them how they can do something differently than before. Sometimes they also recognize something, but their fail to find how they can break the cycle of habit.

Gosh, the same it was with people here (allegedly). Well, those which could watch Western TV secretly sometimes maybe were split over it, but those who couldn't also thought the grass is greener on the other side, judging by the tales others told you and what you could see when they imported stuff from the West.
When the own state TV did agitation against it, it always was considered as lies and state propaganda.
And when they realized what was the truth with the West, it was too late.

These days the media war exists again, but now it could end to the advantage to the Eastern media (RT, Sputniknews etc.) because Western media and propaganda acts that aggressively and obviously, it's not an art or skill to look right through it. It's recognizeable for way more people.
27th-Jul-2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
Well, Russia is a capitalist country, Putin serves capitalists interests. Maybe different group of capitalist but capitalists nonetheless so Russian media is no better than Western. Putin does not want socialism he uses Soviet rhetoric to keep popular. Like they suggest to have subotnik (it is when you work on Saturday for free to help clean something, like community work). The problem is in soviet times everything was a property of people and nobody gained any profit/ you basically work for yourself for the whole society. Now when everything is private somebody will gain profit and pocket it. But people feel nostalgia and do it to remember good old days.
27th-Jul-2016 05:35 pm (UTC)
Give you a different perspective: Putin may know, he can't step too far against the interests of the Russian capitalists or otherwise he's going to get a bullet in his head or he's going to face a coup - which the West would dearly like to assist in.
On another hand, he must have also recognized: You can only beat capitalists with capitalists. Old-school communists are too nice, they think too humane, while their opponents totally don't do this. You need to be like a shark in order to kill a shark. And still that point in time has not come that he could radically get rid of them. He's still in need of them.
The capitalists in the West are on the threshold of falling down, but only on the threshold - if the right input emerges to serve their interests they're on the upper part of the wave to surf again and all had been in vain for the next half century. And you can image which position Russia is going to be placed in in this game again...
27th-Jul-2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
Damn, you are right about humane communists. But hopefully objective reality will force capitalists out of game all together. Or possibly they will ruin everything before it happens.
27th-Jul-2016 08:08 pm (UTC)
Let's say, if you're rid of the strength of the Western capitalistic block, the center where it started, you have your chance of letting society get changed again if people have enough of it because there's no-one to foster the idea anymore. The East has no centuries-long tradition of this inside their society, it's easiert to abandon, they only took it over as the West always said "until you don't tick like we do, we don't recognize anything of what you have achieved".
28th-Jul-2016 03:04 am (UTC)
They quickly adapt and Russian capitalists are no better than western. Sometimes worse. Very cynical and lavish. If you choose between western and eastern it is like choosing between two candidates in election. No use. Change the whole system. Sooner or later it won't be able to exist.
28th-Jul-2016 06:27 am (UTC)
Well, you then can put on a different order again and put them on the leash. And by that I don't mean continuing capitalism, I mean you show them what's their position in society that they can still move in and much more there's not to achieve anymore.
Let's say, like with state deteriorating powers. You can only harm them until a certain point because until that point they behave legally like every other citizen. But you can signalize from the position of the state "move further than this and try to make politics and you're off to jail!".
If they fear it enough to be punished heavily - if that's what it takes or how the thing can be get to work, then be it so.
28th-Jul-2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
But they will control the politics and courts. They will establish rules not us. How is it possible to dictate the capitalists when they have a dictatorship? Meaning they have money and pay the government to run everything and the government and all its institutions will look after their interests.
28th-Jul-2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
You don't understand...
I don't know I'm a fan of hard power, but I would consider it a matter of fact hard power of the state against the entities which also seek to get influence in your state, it will be a measure that keeps them at bay. Keeps them in a low position that they can't move much.
But, this can't be done by everybody as the highest statesman.
You'll need somebody who's as liked among the normal people, so that they, should the capitalists smell the rat and try to prevent it through a coup or assassination, come to the guarded communities and kill the bourgeoisie.
Say, the establishment wants to get rid of the statesman in the highest command which wants to touch their property, but it won't use them anything as when he's dead they unleash a mass mob onto themselves that they will never survive. That for, they need to let this highest statesman do what he wants to do and the only thing except for adaption they may be able to do is flee, getting abroad.

When America's influence and power is gone, they have a place to flee, but no real power to strengthen them to initiate a coup from abroad. - Which had been the case always before and wasn't taken into account.

Putin had that kind abilities to fit into that position; question only is if he will be wanting to or if not his age is going to get in between.
28th-Jul-2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
Ok, maybe you are right. I personally do not support Putin. I am truly against the whole class of capitalist. But we do not to agree on everything, right? Most important we agree on the main issues.
You know people are reposting your story, so your message about education, jobs, GDR will be spread. So thank you. I hope you didn't mind a generic picture of Berlin in my post?

And I will add you to my friends list, if you don't mind?
28th-Jul-2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
Er - being rich doesn't nessecarily make you be a capitalist. I know a lot of people it makes be, but it is not always the case.
Say, if I released a book and sold a million copies, it would also hand a bigger amount of money over to me. But, only from that, I wouldn't get upon the idea to buy golden water faucets.
Maybe I'd afford me some practical "luxury" which I couldn't do now, but I'd still be measuring prices in the shop like I'm used to. "3 Euros for that tiny bit? No, you're kidding. I'm not gonna pay this..."
It would simply be a practical help to me in life, otherwise - what in the world should I buy for all that money? It's all too much useless stuff that makes only a burden to you.

I'm getting the notifications when somebody mentions my username in a post, so I have track of this. (Makes you want to blush a little bit as sometimes it doesn't appear to me like I do much of significance.)

You can add me if you want, if you think it suits. Am I obligated to add back? (Only ask because some people only do this in mututal manner.)
28th-Jul-2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
You know I agree it doesn't make you a capitalist if you are rich. The capitalist is the one who pockets the surplus value, meaning exploiting people by buying their labour and underpaying. Here I totally agree with you.

No you should be proud of yourself. You can make a difference.

Ok, thanks I will add you to a friends list because this way I will be notified when you have new posts. And sure I would appreciate if you added mine.
28th-Jul-2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
I have to mention though, that in discussions on your post that I translated I did not say anything about your position on Putin or anything, but I said that I disagree a little bit with you on this issue.

But people there are wondering if the next revolution will happen in Germany?
28th-Jul-2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
Revolution in Germany?

Well - how did my history teacher once put it very apt? "If revolution was a ticket for a train ride, the Germans would be the first to buy one."
Really, it is so.
Revolution happens last over here. Sad as it is.

I've also already written a few texts that have to do with the base of that, why that is so, a while ago, but I think most or all of them were done in German. And you know - in German, nobody listens to me and I'm supposedly a nazi...
28th-Jul-2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew German. May be I should start learning. Really? People have that stereotype that if you are German you are a nazi? Maybe stupid ones.

PS you history teacher is wise.
28th-Jul-2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
No, I hear that accusation mostly from Germans - directly or between the lines.
Just because I don't talk typical social democrat left.
29th-Jul-2016 03:12 am (UTC)
Well what social democrat left turned into is not exactly what it was intended to be.
29th-Jul-2016 06:26 am (UTC)
And because I know it doesn't make you be far-right if you're not unconditionally supportive of minority rights and refugees, because of that I don't take on that pair of boots.
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