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ogenoct
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004, 09:45 PM
By BLAGOVESTA DONCHEVA

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I was lucky enough to live through all my conscious life in the Socialist system born by the Great October Revolution that was introduced into Bulgaria after World War II.

I also have been unfortunate enough to live for the last 15 years in the Bulgarian restored capitalist system, named "free market economy". As I have written before, these two systems are incompatible – there are no basis for comparison between a boy in shorts with a sling and a cutthroat with a blood-dripping knife in his hands.

But I will try for the readers of NSC to show what the people received thanks to the Great Russian October Revolution – and what they have lost after the great betrayal of some leaders of the CPSU in former USSR and in other East European countries.


Under Socialism People Had:

the right to work
the right to receive a pension for the elderly that gave them a normal human life without any worries
totally free healthcare
every school, institute, factory. village collective farm had their own doctor, nurse and dentist
preventive medical checks were obligatory for everyone free
pregnant women and young mothers and their babies were under special supervision and enjoyed special attention
there was 80-100% paid sick leave, depending on how many years you worked
every worker had paid holidays and spend them in state owned holiday resorts by the sea, spas or in the mountains at symbolic prices
there were cheap railway, bus, and city transport
students had lower fares on all transportation
there was cheap electricity, water, heat, telephone
there was real protection against crime and violence
the youngsters were taken care of in summer camps, Pioneer villas and Spas in the sea resorts or in the mountains
there were study groups for teenagers in all classifications
the teenagers were taught to look after the elderly, the younger children, the crippled. In this way they learned responsibility.
every one strove to learn more and more – to master more skills- to be good, caring and responsible.I am deeply sorry for everyone who has not lived in the Socialist System that was born in the flames of the Great October Socialist Revolution!


Restored Capitalism Has Brought Misery and Slavery

it has taken away everything that is mentioned above
only about 8-10% benefited from this neo-liberal "market economy"
some of the CP leaders in Bulgaria in 1989-1990 hid food in anticipation of the coming "price liberation". Now the food from capitalist countries is being dumped here at very high prices
more and more people rummage though the dumps for food
some of the former highly qualified specialists in Bulgaria now have to drive taxis or sell Turkish or Chinese rubbish goods, in order to save their families
the "freedom " to travel that these new capitalists boast about - yes, they travel, but how can a beggar travel?
the literature, the movies, the TV programs are meant to degrade and make ignorant the young people about Socialism and former Bulgaria and the message is only sex and drugs. The styles are all Western, and the films are mostly Hollywood productions
the robbery, murder, crime is growing in epidemic proportionsIt is only natural that the offered short review of the two social political systems should end up with a question:

Which system is a step ahead in human development?

Which system protects mankind and its children?
Which system cares for the welfare of people and for their future?
Which system develops man in order to give him or her a chance to develop as a civilized human being?
Which is the nearest system to the dreams of numberless fighters for justice and the right to a decent life for all humankind?The same ones who perished on the stakes, died by hanging or tortured to death, shot, blown to pieces for the welfare of their fellow beings!


Let Us All Remember Their Sacrifice!Dear friends all over the world that understand the truth of the two systems – do not despair!

The Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Russia gave birth to an advanced system for all people of the earth – and it was in practice!

This happened for the first time in history. The USSR in its 70 plus years and the East European countries in their 45 years of existence have proved in practice, that the system that was born in the flames of the triumphant roar of the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia is vital, vigorous and creative – with unlimited possibilities for development!

Yes, it has fallen temporarily – not because of some inherent defects as the capitalists want us to believe, but it fell because of betrayal by certain high-ranking communist party traitors. This betrayal was prepared very carefully for many, many years – probably since the murder of Stalin!

It is certain that a primitive system as capitalism is, cannot stop the natural development of mankind!

Man’s inherent urge to move ahead is too powerful and too passionate to be stopped for too long!


Source: http://www.northstarcompass.org/nsc0411/editorial.htm (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nort hstarcompass.org%2Fnsc0411%2Feditorial.h tm)

Awar
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004, 10:03 PM
I don't like these: "'twas all good, and now it's all bad" biased sort of articles,
but this does have many good points.

Vlad Cletus
Wednesday, November 24th, 2004, 07:01 AM
In ways, I would actually prefer Communism over Capitalism by a margin. I hate how in my Economics textbook, it points out all the advantages of a Free Market System, and disparages the Command or Communist system completely. There are many downfalls to Capitalism/Globalism as we know it today.

I'm going to think up an article which reveals the horrible effects, and downfalls of Capitalism. I've already found out many. Just look at the majority of the American youth today, how deteriorated everything has become due to this system and the exploiters, who influence them with degenerate non-sense. THE PEOPLE WILL BE PERSUADED!

I can already see it, the people of Central/Eastern Europe are very much aware of the plague of Capitalism and Globalism, hopefully they will choose the right path in time.

AVE OST EVROPA!

Marius
Wednesday, November 24th, 2004, 09:39 AM
Under Socialism People Had:


the right to work
the right to receive a pension for the elderly that gave them a normal human life without any worries
totally free healthcare
every school, institute, factory. village collective farm had their own doctor, nurse and dentist
preventive medical checks were obligatory for everyone free
pregnant women and young mothers and their babies were under special supervision and enjoyed special attention
there was 80-100% paid sick leave, depending on how many years you worked
every worker had paid holidays and spend them in state owned holiday resorts by the sea, spas or in the mountains at symbolic prices
there were cheap railway, bus, and city transport
students had lower fares on all transportation
there was cheap electricity, water, heat, telephone
there was real protection against crime and violence
the youngsters were taken care of in summer camps, Pioneer villas and Spas in the sea resorts or in the mountains
there were study groups for teenagers in all classifications
the teenagers were taught to look after the elderly, the younger children, the crippled. In this way they learned responsibility.
every one strove to learn more and more – to master more skills- to be good, caring and responsible.
I am deeply sorry for everyone who has not lived in the Socialist System that was born in the flames of the Great October Socialist Revolution!

How much did all that cost? How much of all that poor countries like Bulgaria could have really afforded? Bulgaria has less resources and was less industrialised than Romania has been in the interbelic time, so that it has been below the latter, before, too. Now it is a bit higher because of the leadership it has.



Restored Capitalism Has Brought Misery and Slavery


it has taken away everything that is mentioned above
only about 8-10% benefited from this neo-liberal "market economy"
some of the CP leaders in Bulgaria in 1989-1990 hid food in anticipation of the coming "price liberation". Now the food from capitalist countries is being dumped here at very high prices
more and more people rummage though the dumps for food
some of the former highly qualified specialists in Bulgaria now have to drive taxis or sell Turkish or Chinese rubbish goods, in order to save their families
the "freedom " to travel that these new capitalists boast about - yes, they travel, but how can a beggar travel?
the literature, the movies, the TV programs are meant to degrade and make ignorant the young people about Socialism and former Bulgaria and the message is only sex and drugs. The styles are all Western, and the films are mostly Hollywood productions
the robbery, murder, crime is growing in epidemic proportions
It is only natural that the offered short review of the two social political systems should end up with a question:

Which system is a step ahead in human development?


Which system protects mankind and its children?
Which system cares for the welfare of people and for their future?
Which system develops man in order to give him or her a chance to develop as a civilized human being?
Which is the nearest system to the dreams of numberless fighters for justice and the right to a decent life for all humankind?
The same ones who perished on the stakes, died by hanging or tortured to death, shot, blown to pieces for the welfare of their fellow beings!

[/size][/font]Let Us All Remember Their Sacrifice!

Dear friends all over the world that understand the truth of the two systems – do not despair!

The Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 in Russia gave birth to an advanced system for all people of the earth – and it was in practice!

This happened for the first time in history. The USSR in its 70 plus years and the East European countries in their 45 years of existence have proved in practice, that the system that was born in the flames of the triumphant roar of the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia is vital, vigorous and creative – with unlimited possibilities for development!

Yes, it has fallen temporarily – not because of some inherent defects as the capitalists want us to believe, but it fell because of betrayal by certain high-ranking communist party traitors. This betrayal was prepared very carefully for many, many years – probably since the murder of Stalin!

It is certain that a primitive system as capitalism is, cannot stop the natural development of mankind!

Man’s inherent urge to move ahead is too powerful and too passionate to be stopped for too long!

Even if I agree to some aspects, I do believe they are the consequences of the real capacity of a country and not about some things which costed so much, they incapacitate even today some economies.

No, I think people must see themselves more exactly and to understand why the things are not going ok. If one avoids understanding or accepting his own problems, then these have no chance to disappear, but aggravate.

Bulair
Sunday, November 28th, 2004, 10:18 PM
Such nonsense, I prefer to have PRIVATE PROPERTY instead of paid holidays, cheap transport etc.I'd rather have simple human rights, freedom of speech and the right to develop my own mind, instead of being brainwashed in "Pioneer villas and spas".

Marius is also right, Bulgaria and the other communist countries couldn't afford these things and we had huge foreign debts that later on drove our economy to a halt.That couldn't have lasted forever and we would have faced the reality sooner or later, so blaiming the democratic system is very naive.I must admit though, that the first several years after the fall of communism my country was in the hands of corrupt and inept politicians, who contributed to the overall grim situation.

On the other side, the whole communist society was also a failure.