Ah, Karina. Where's you're head at? You know I'm about as hardkore a communist as still exists in this wonky capitalist world. Are you just sitting there waiting for me to write a very passive-aggressive essay about the demise of communism? Because I'll do it. When it comes to communism, I get TRIGGERED, and I'm like one of those wind-up frog toys you put in the bath, just going round and round and round and round the edge making an almighty racket against the ceramic, and in the end you get so sick of it, you just throw it out of the bathroom window.
What I would say, this video sums up the vibe of the nineties just perfectly. I was at school when the Wall came down, and in as much as my bellend teachers discussed it at all, they talked only in vague terms about 'freedom' and, if you were lucky, the free market economy.
What those poor Perestroika-jizzing Russians probably didn't realize (and what we present-day Westerners definitely don't realize), there's a world of difference between the authoritarian stance of the Soviets, and their closed-market economy, and the concept of communism as devised by Marx. If anyone anywhere had the strength of character to actually relate their lives to the Communist Manifesto, we wouldn't need a Stasi-style watchdog breathing down our necks.
And the reason I get triggered by this is because it not just an academic, historical problem. To use your example, the way the Russians went nuts over Pepsi and Burger King (amazing footage, by the way), is an exact parallel with the way English people's heads have been turned by vacuous foreign companies like BMW, and Audi, while our own Honda factory (which is just down the road from where I live) is due to shut down. Now, to me, a car is a car, but I can maybe forgive people for having funny tastes ...under normal circumstances. But my country is about to secede from the international world in a way no one's ever seen before. We need to close ranks. On the day the Brexit result was released, we should've launched a huge 'buy British' initiative, just to strengthen our economy - and who could've argued with that? - but it didn't even occur to us. That's why the free market economy is wan k.
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