posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 07:46 AM
I have lived in communism and am living the Democracy now. My country was a part of the former Yugoslavia, before the break up in 1990.
The country was more or less thriving under the Tito regime. National industry was pretty strong. Hundreds of factories dispersed all over the
country. My folks and I were living much easier than today.
It was a time of social sensitivity. Profit came last. There were no dollar hungry corporations back then. Jobs were much less stressful, the pressure
wasn't that high. The industry was nationalized. People's jobs and survival of the community came first. The country was producing enough to feed
it's people with minimum import of goods and resources. It wasn't paradise, but it wasn't too bad to tell you the truth. We didn't have LCD's and
smartphones back then, but overall...people were able live decent lives.
All that changed when Tito died in 1980. He was an authority figure. He wasn't corrupt. Respected and admired. Not like some Korean dictators
liked...but truly liked. People weep for him even to this day. After he died, the West was pretty eager to break the Yugoslavia apart....
you know why? Because it worked. The system worked. But it wasn't succeptable to outside influence, which bothered many. So they made sure...
Today...living in democracy...this is the result. My country is "independent" now. 90 % percent of the national industry is destroyed. Privatization
was used to extract money from whatever was left on a national level. Unemployment is always rising. But, we have Mcdonald's and KFC's now. Entering
the EU now in 6 months time will crush the rest of the local industry (under the EU law).
We live on credit today. Predictions are dire. The new age democracy politicians are now stealing money left and right (our Premiere is now on trial
for theft, facing 10-15 years in prison). National Industry is long gone...we depend now on import, we were ordered to import, and ordered to quash
the few remaining branches of our industry, to facilitate the entrance of big west corporations...we are now...slaves.
Was communism bad? Perhaps to some, it was trampling on some individual freedoms. And perhaps I don't have the entire picture. But on thing I can
tell you for sure...as far as simple living of a common man...switching to democracy gave us no progress, at least it didn't in my country.