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Post 21 Aug 2013, 17:12
Which organisation's name in any socialist country do you find the coolest?
I find OZNA (Organizacija za zaštitu naroda) very cool, name-wise, that is - it means "Organisation for the protection of the nation". Simple and straight.
I also like the sounding of names for "Ministry of Medium Machine Building" and "Ministry of General Machine Building". These two for their vagueness.
Loz
Post 21 Aug 2013, 17:20
Cheka. Because it means "hunters' tree stand" in my native language.
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Post 21 Aug 2013, 17:25
Kampfgruppen der Arbeiterklasse / Combat Groups of the Working Class

And isn't narod more like people?
Loz
Post 21 Aug 2013, 17:38
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Kampfgruppen der Arbeiterklasse / Combat Groups of the Working Class

It was a pretty cool move to creat such an organization. But i wonder how did they react in 1989, did they try something? There must have been a hard-core communist wing among its 200+k members...

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And isn't narod more like people?

Yeah it is.
Post 21 Aug 2013, 17:43
Among the first things the freely elected Volkskammer (parliament) did was to disarm them. I don't know that any of them offered meaningful resistance. Also I don't know how many of the organization's members were actual Marxists. Joining the Combat Groups was just a widespread way to have an opportunity to go to training camps a couple times a year, play with guns, be in a better position for promotions and get a nice addition to your pension.
Post 21 Aug 2013, 19:40
Mabool wrote:
Kampfgruppen der Arbeiterklasse / Combat Groups of the Working Class

And isn't narod more like people?

I think you're right. OZNA then makes it even cooler sounding...
Post 22 Aug 2013, 00:37
I don't see how anything beats SMERSH (Death to spies)! Or the "Red Orchestra" spy network.
Post 22 Aug 2013, 02:55
SMERSH is a favourite, but the first time I heard about it I thought it was from Get Smart.
Post 14 Sep 2013, 06:07
The Workers' and Peasants' Red Army and Red Orchestra.
Post 02 Oct 2013, 17:09
I think Party of Labour of Albania worked pretty well as a name: sounds imposing and unique.
Post 03 Oct 2013, 12:54
I don't know if the Kampfgruppen had anything to do with it, but I got this (anti-communist) booklet in Berlin that said that, after the fall of the Wall, many border guards actually complained about the way the government handled the situation. It was not that they wanted to go in guns blazing against the protesters or anything (Krenz categorically excluded that kind of action very early on), but for a long time, they had no (clear) directives, until Schabowski declared that the border was open.
Post 02 Nov 2013, 22:03
Ismail wrote:
I think Party of Labour of Albania worked pretty well as a name: sounds imposing and unique.

You're rigth, it IS unique.
Post 14 Dec 2013, 19:43
Why was the name of the PKSh changed to PPSh anyway? Considering that Albania did not have anything like communists having to merge with social-democrats, or participating in a "National Front" as was the case in other Eastern Bloc countries.

Anyway, a name like "Party of Labour" or "Workers' Party" is not really unique for ruling CPs. Poland had the Polish Workers' Party, and then, after the merger, Polish United Workers' Party. But I do wonder if the Albanian party was the inspiration for all the Maoist or Hoxhaist parties called "Party of Labour of..." or "Workers' Party of..." For instance Toufan, EMEP, the Malian party, etc. A relatively new example of this name is the Party of Labour of Austria, which was founded this year as a split from the Communist Party.

For many different reasons, it's not always possible for every communist party to be called "Communist Party of..." For instance, the name may be banned in a country, or the name may be protected by trademark laws or electoral laws. That's why, for instance, we talk about the International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties.
Post 18 Dec 2013, 00:54
No 14 wrote:
Why was the name of the PKSh changed to PPSh anyway? Considering that Albania did not have anything like communists having to merge with social-democrats, or participating in a "National Front" as was the case in other Eastern Bloc countries.
Stalin suggested it to Hoxha when the latter visited Moscow in 1947. See: http://www.marxists.org/reference/archi ... /meet1.htm
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On this occasion, I also gave Comrade Stalin a general outline of the social-class structure of our Party and explained that this structure faithfully reflected the very social structure of our people.

"This is the reason," I said, "why communists of peasant social status at present comprise the largest number of the members of our Party. The policy of our Party in this direction is that, step by step, parallel with the growth of the working class, the number of worker communists should increase respectively."

While assessing the policy which our Party had followed towards the masses in general and the peasantry in particular as correct, Comrade Stalin gave us some valuable, comradely advice about our work in the future. Apart from other things, he expressed the opinion that since the biggest percentage of its members were peasants, our Communist Party should call itself "The Party of Labour of Albania". "However," he stressed, "this is only an idea of mine, because it is you, your Party, that must decide."
Dimitrov noted in his diary that Stalin wanted the Communist Party of Bulgaria transformed into a Labour Party as well. From The Diary of Georgi Dimitrov, pp. 413-414:
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You have to establish a Labour Party in Bulgaria. Unite within such a party your own party and the other parties of the working people (for example, the Agrarian Party). It is not an advantage to have a workers’ party and then call it Communist. Earlier, the Marxists had to isolate the working class within a separate workers’ party. At that time, they were in the opposition. Now you participate in governing the country. You must unite the working class and the other working strata on the basis of a minimal program, and later there will be time for the maximal program. Peasants consider the workers’ party as alien, but they will look at a labor party as their own. I strongly recommend that you do that. A labor party or a worker-peasant party is very suitable for a country like Bulgaria. That would be a people’s party. I can assure you that you would lose nothing; on the contrary, you would only gain. From the point of view of the country’s international position, that would only make your tasks easier for you. In character the party will be Communist, but it will have a broader basis and a convenient mask for the present period.
In the end this step wasn't taken.

As the official History of the PLA notes, the changed name of the party did not alter its ideology or anything else. The working-class composition of the party continued to increase as the years passed, becoming a majority by 1971.
Post 18 Dec 2013, 04:51
I would have to go with the Syrian Arab Army.
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