September 1, 2019
From our vantage point now, we can see clearly the utterly weird fact that communism was actually much better than capitalism. I don’t know what to say about that, really, other than it is obvious.
The communist system defended traditional values and the capitalist system completely destroyed them.
Now, we are entering into this sick combination of the worst parts of both systems. But the people raised under communism are the ones resisting.
Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a better exchange of ideas between different parts of Germany as social tensions in the former communist east look set to contribute to bruising electoral losses for the parties in her coalition.
Speaking after receiving an honorary degree from a university in Leipzig, where she was a student, Merkel cautioned that finding common ground was key to counter the risk of populism tearing at the country’s social fabric.
Her trip to Leipzig coincides with two state elections in Germany’s east on Sunday. In Brandenburg and Saxony, support for Merkel’s Christian Democrats and her junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, is expected to drop sharply amid high turnout for the far-right AfD party. The results could be another blow to Merkel’s fragile government and lead to its collapse, creating political instability as Europe’s largest economy faces the specter of recession.
While people in the east grappled with existential crises in the aftermath of reunification 30 years ago, the west was largely stable. Merkel said people in the east and west need to understand each other’s histories better in order to reach a “true understanding of one another for the future.”
I obviously don’t support communism. But the reality that it did a better job of maintaining society than capitalism is simply so obvious that it cannot be denied.
Right now, Russia and other Eastern European states are the only ones holding out on preserving Western Christian civilization.
The details of why this is are complicated and not totally clear. But I have to wonder if a big part of it is the fact that there was no disposable plastic under communism, so people’s hormonal systems were not completely destroyed.
There is also the fact that communism was authoritarian and defended family values.