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I totally agree with your interpretation of why Bulgarians have an imature interpretation of freedom. Communism leaves a permanent scar,which is difficult to erase.

Yes, it is also true that our politicians do not give the society sufficient information about what and why they are making certain policies. I have just a small disagreement with you. Most of the people in Bulgaria are very positive about the country joining the EU. The problem is that they do not exactly know what the good thing is, and which is more important, they do not believe the membership will affect them personally in a positive way. So, the attitudes of the society are a little controversial :-)


I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde

by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 06:17:28 AM EST
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I totally agree with your interpretation of why Bulgarians have an imature interpretation of freedom. Communism leaves a permanent scar,which is difficult to erase.

Well, there was not much of freedom and real democracy before 'communism' either, so these problems run deeper.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 06:27:41 AM EST
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Actually from what I've heard from my parents, there was none. I was lucky enough to be born just 5 years before communism collapsed and don't remeber much. The only thing that's clear in my mind is how I loved bananas and oranges, and they never sold any, only for New Year. My father once went to Hungary and when he returned, he brought me two bananas, but by the time he was home, they had already gotten rotten. Sorry for going offtopic, I'm sure everyone from the Eastern bloc can share similar, if not worse, experience.

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 06:52:17 AM EST
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What I meant is that 1989/90 was our year zero in freedom and democracy, not a return, and the past what many of our right-wingers were either whitewashing or yearning to return to was rather ugly in many ways. Hence, this immature sense of freedom is not the consequence of 'communism', but of an almost unbroken sequence of various dictatures or oligarchies or rigged/limited democracies for thousands of years.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Mar 6th, 2006 at 07:01:10 AM EST
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