It's 20 years since the Deutsche Demokratische Republik fell to the holocaust of capitalism. And, while the capitalist spivs savour their victory, workers should not fall for the blanket propaganda that we have been subjected to for the last 12 months. This propaganda is not about history. Its not even about the DDR. It's about the fact that while the USSR fell 20 years ago under the weight of a corrupt, self serving elite, today, capitalism is falling for just the same reasons. The message is: We capitalist spivs might be vermin, but, dont dare oppose us or you might end up back in the DDR. (Not the real DDR, of course, but the DDR of the sick capitalist imagination, the DDR of media hacks like George Lee - who went on to show his incredible political judgement when he gave up a cushy number with RTÉ to join the blueshirts, and then started crying because he found out, several months later, that they were the blueshirts.)
So, let's talk about the reality of the DDR for a minute. It was founded after WW2, amoung the rubble of a nation that had been destroyed by fascism, and the allied bombardments and invasions. It was founded by idealists like Erich Honecker, who faught the Nazis while the capitalists funded them, and wasnt afraid to spend ten years in a Nazi prison for his Communist principals. In 1946, Germany was a ruin. The British had been absolutely wanton in thier bombings of civilian areas - Dresden being one of the worst war crimes in all of history - and millions of people were homeless. The Red Army had also taken much needed industrial equipment back to Russia. The outlook was very bleak. But, a miracle happened. After a few short years of Communism, millions of people had new homes - and no mortgages on them either. Millions of people had work to do in brand new factories. Education of the highest standards became available to everyone, free of charge. Nobody had to pay for medicine. Childcare for working mothers was the best in Europe. In sport and art, the DDR excelled.
But, not everyone was happy about this workers utopia existing. There were still hateful people, who's only ambition was to reduce the workers, once more, to wage slaves. Many of these enemies of the people were inside the DDR itself, but many were outside, secretly funding these traitors. It was the great work of the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, or the Stasi, to protect the Workers from these enemies. And, for the most part, they did this in a firm, but just manner.
So, we workers should never fall for the capitalist propaganda. We should be proud of the great achievements of the DDR, while learning from the mistakes. Needless to say, if there had not been mistakes, Germany might be united today as the DDR. The biggest mistake was trying to stop information about the west. That left East Germans with a totally naive idea of what captalism is all about. They were shocked to see their teenage girls turned into prostitutes and their boys turned into drug dealers and pimps. If they had known about capitalism, they would have known that the Wall was their greatest benefit - to keep the vermin out. By the 1970s, there should also have been a move to Direct Democracy - but, as we all know, powerful elites love to hang on to power.
As I say, we must learn from the successes and failures of the DDR, and march on to 21st Century Communism.
The DDR also had one of the most beautiful anthems of all time:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgvCWZJSQd4]YouTube - National Anthem of East Germany (DDR)[/ame]