loqu wrote:Well they call/called some of their countries 'democratic' (GDR, DPRK e.g.) and were they? You got the answer. I can call myself whatever I want, but the reality is another one.
Were they really less democratic than our western countries, in terms of choosing the leaders. Sweden is said to be a democracy, but the ruling class does whatever it wants, and we can do nothing about it. You might say that we could shift our votes in the next election, but it is not as easy as that. The government has its cadres of "vote cattle", and the media is under heavy pressure from above, so any change would be very hard to achieve. Usually in the election, there is no alternative, you just have to pick either a bad party or a worse party. And the government still causes trouble for honest folks.
Draven wrote:I hope the fully adult future me will have the courage to fight for democracy in Vietnam,
The question is how much better it would be, if democratic (see above).
Polonus wrote:I understand you, Lada. I really do.
The cozy life behind the iron curtain.
But was that military in any way?Hunef wrote:I was in a local kids' rifle club in the early 90's shooting with .22 caliber rifles (i.e., a "saloon rifle"). It was only a summer or so, though.