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Chewing the cud on a couple of systems and the criminals they spawn

The internet is down and German Telekom cannot send a techncian until wednesday. However, with the withdrawal symptoms not half as bad as I thought they would be, the benefits of a life without 24/7 web access are becoming clear. ‘Blair Inc.: The Man Behind the Mask’ is the latest read and it is actually being read and cognitively processed in a manner that hitting on sources online just doesn’t do justice to.

Another plus is sitting in front of the television and getting surprised by a good film, even if it was one which I have already seen. Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “Das Leben der Anderen” (‘The Lives of Others’) might bring a tear to your eyes, but, hey, don’t let me tell you about the film, watch it, even if there is one scene right at the end which I am going to reveal to you.

The GDR has imploded and the playwright Georg Dreyman, played by Sebastian Koch, reacts to a crude insult from Bruno Hempf, the GDR’s ex-Minister of Culture, who, among other things, is indirectly responsible for the death of the woman Hempf loved, by saying that is incredible, “Dass Leute wie Sie wirklich mal ein Land regiert haben(that people like you realy once ruled a country). The film itself is excellent and, having spoken to a number of people who grew up in the GDR, it is “Realitätsnah” (close to reality). Moreover, the character of Georg Dreyman, while not devoid of idealism, has all the attributes of a realist.Therefore, the film’s audience might be forgiven if it were to find Dreyman’s parting shot as being a trifle naive.

People like Hempf should not be allowed to run a country. However, these are the people who invariably find themselves in power, which brings me back to ‘Blair Inc.’. That “Realsozialismus” which spawned creatures such as Honecker, Ceaușescu, and Todor Hristov  was unsustainable because the system itself was inhuman. Similary, Tony “mass murderer”, “hypocrite”, “out for himself”, Blair and his neoconservative “friends” are the by-products of a system which is every bit as unsustainable and inhuman.

Where does all of this leave us? Well, when it all collapses like a house of cards we should at least be sensible enough not to look for some sort of stalinist model to replace the absurdity that is capitalism. Moroever, it might even be possible to ensure that power structures are put in place to prevent shit like Tony and Hillary rising to the top. But, hey, here was me talking about Georg Dreyman being unrealistic and while I still might be a marxist of sorts, the only thing that is inevitable is that the shit is going to hit the fan.

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

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