Look who is not speaking

Comment on The Times article ‘East was best — and then the Soviets sold us out,’ says East Germany’s last leader by Peter Conradi.

The subject of the ‘fall of Communism’ is misunderstood and mis-narrated, to put it mildly. You should look at it critically and ask lots of questions.

Notice the absence of stories about Communism’s victims. Instead you get stories about those replaced in 1989-90 who ran the criminal state. Then, with the partial exception of East Germany, it becomes a narrative about an internal power struggle among the Communists themselves.

Communism, as implemented in Eastern Europe, is the most advanced form of dictatorship ever implemented. Note the present tense in the preceding sentence. Has it really collapsed like a house of cards, undone by internal dissenters originating from the core of the Communist regime?

I come from a Polish family persecuted by the Communists and I can firmly say that the Communism has not fallen. The people, the organisation, the methods are all in place and functioning. The symbolic layer has been repainted, though not entirely. The simplistic announcements that Communism has fallen, if anything, indicate a failure of an intellectual enterprise.