thanks midas, I am intelligent enough thanks, there is no need to be patronising.
I was just asking a question, as I live in the UK and was curious.
I already studied that stuff at uni when I was doing 20th century history.
It does go someway to explaining certain...traits...
Oh and if i was a 'sir' my little symbol would be quite different.
Apologies for being a bit of a bastard then.
And yes, in my opinion these three words explain nearly all the "traits".
I had a "firma polonijna" in Poland in the 1980's and I'm pretty sure my official file over at the "SB" or whatever they call themselves these days is fairly long. Has a lot to do with literally legions of informants, paid and unpaid, they kept at that time. Street money exchangers ( "cinkciarze" ), prozzers, pimps, taxi drives, hotel employees, anyone in a position that might come in contact with foreigners, you name it. Polish guys who helped us with the business back then were routinely harassed by SB and quite frankly those that didn't mention such an occurence to us came under suspicion immediately, usually for a good reason.
and trust me, it was not any "softer" than in Poland et al. under communism.
Never said it was. Although I personally believe many left-leaning people in Western Europe, U.S., UK and Scandinavia GREATLY underestimate the sheer scale of ugliness and invigilation that took place in the Eastern Bloc.
Besides, "communism" and "socialism" do not mean anything if for instance we look at China, which has both a communist government and the most capitalist economy (lending money even to the US) and what Western Europeans call "socialism".
China hasn't been communist for decades and its socialism is questionable, look up a certain chap called Deng Xiaoping and his famous "cat quote". They've been teaching that stuff at universities since the late 1970's I think over in China.
Currently China is a... well, kleptocracy/oligarchy is probably the right word. With the oligarchs being "communist" party barons and their connections to the business world.
PS : have you ever seen a fascist regime? I have (Spain, Portugal and Greece under the Colonels) and believe me nothing to be excited about. I saw Poland for first time on March 19, 1990.
Sure, I need you of all people to tell me not to be excited by facist regimes. Because I simply love them, they are adorable.
Must have something to do with me being Jewish and my family lore mentioning the names of relatives that got "processed" after passing through the gate adorned with the "Arbeit Macht Frei" quote at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
I mean go adolf hitler, go fascists, everyone on board. <sarcasm>