Tuesday, July 10, 2007
What was I thinking of, holidaying amid the easy pleasures of France when I could have been here? This is just the latest manifestation of what the Germans, in their playful manner, call Ostnostalgie -and it's not confined to Germany, as the barely believable Stalin World in Lithuania indicates. What is going on here? This, I suspect, is just the semi-ironic high end of something much more widespread. Nostalgia for the Stalinist (and post-Stalinist) era is, we are told, pervasive in Russia - which surely explains the popularity of Putin - and among the more alienated former GDR citizens. Is this more than the desire of many people for security and the quiet life at any price? Such people, it would seem, are actually happier under totalitarian systems, which reward compliant citizens with the basics of life and even a sense of solidarity. Should we be worried, or merely depressed?
Posted by Nige at 8:57 am