Now these communist flats-are they still communist flats or are they privetaly owned now and just built during the communist years?
Communism is finished but there is Społdzielnia, which are the closest thing to government housing/council flats but they have a communist twist.
Years ago I went to a Społdzielnia (to buy a flat) and I went into the administrations office, well I never, there were all these old women with towers of folders and documents. I watched one woman in particular she took a sheet put it under some other documents and then decided it was a bad idea and took it out again...
. I asked them what a Społdzielnia was, they could not answer me, so I left. I found out that you do not own the flat you buy but you become part of the Społdzielnia. No thank you.
There are a lot of blocks of flats left over from communism,
Perhaps some one PF could explain it better to us? I have been told there are some very good Społdzielnias but I could not take the risk of buying a place and it not being mine.
While my schooling taught me that communism was bad,
Although i had a similar education, I find that it was much much worse than we were taught, especially in Lithuania. I say Lithuania because i know the place well.
communism offers more security than democracy does and wondered if people who lived under communism ever had that feeling.
I understand what you mean, I remember being taught about communism in school and thinking it was a wonderful idea.
The sence of security is completely false, in my opinion, it is based on peoples ignorants. Any country that employs everyone yet they do not have to work is going to go down the tubes. Sure you had a job but the country was in the deep end of trouble.
PLZ check "Third złoty (PLZ), 1950-1994.
People had no security, except a very false sence of it. But I have met many Lithuanians who miss communism, they are lost, fallen in between the cracks of ideologies.
What were they? And what was good about them?
Something i really don't understand (maybe because i have been brought up a capitalist) is every body goes to school, everybody works and gets the same treatment unless they are for the political party, so what would be the incentive to become a doctor or become financially successful? you are just going to get the same as someone who didn't. Basically money is a great incentive.
I really enjoy this topic and i have a million questions.
But Sue please remember i am from Ireland and have only experienced the after mat.