27 Sep 2010, 19:56
I'm just wondering following the changes in the Eastern Bloc in 1989/90, which parties still retained a healthy following and which parties pretty much just dissolved soon afterwards?
Am I right in thinking by 1990 the SED generally wasn't very popular among East Germans?
27 Sep 2010, 20:28
You're right that the SED wasn't very popular, but it didn't end up dissolving. In the last days of the GDR, the SED ended up reforming itself and became the PDS (Party of Democratic Socialism). Post-reunification/Anschluss by the FDR (gotta thank Order for giving me that one), the PDS regained some popularity among disaffected former East German working-class and intellectuals. The PDS then merged with Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative (Arbeit und soziale Gerechtigkeit – Die Wahlalternative, or WASG for short) to form the Left Party (die Linke), which seems to be doing all right. I remember Mabool talking about joining it in one of the threads that got lost during the server chaos.
Incidentally, I once wrote a paper about die Linke for a class on modern German politics. The class supposedly covered post-1945, but we spent 1/3 of the class on pre-1945 Germany to build proper context. (I liked that class a lot, because despite being a "political science" course, it was oriented more toward history and less bullshit bourgeois politics.) In the paper, I made a reference to the GDR national anthem "Auferstanden aus Ruinen" to describe the situation of the PDS/die Linke. I thought it was clever.
I don't know a whole lot about the rest of the Warsaw Pact states, just because I haven't studied those in great detail. I expect a mix of dissolution and reformation, depending on which country and how much they were influenced by the anti-communist fervor.
27 Sep 2010, 21:40
after the collapse of yugoslavia communist parties were mostly transformed into socdem parties. in slovenia ZKS (leagues of communists of slovenia) became anti-revisionist scodem party while ZSMS (union of slovene socialist youth) became anti-revisionist and (until 2004) the largest libdem party. hardcore titoist elements mostly drifted into parties like the national party and national labour party.
from 1991 to 2004 libdems were the largest party in the parliament and have prevented neoliberalisation of our economy and defamation of previous regime. after 2004 a large portion of its electoral body drifted towards the socdem and their largeer splinter party. now the right wing parties are all former-communists/secret service collaborators turned hardcore whiteguardist trash and no problem collaborating with elements that would make even yuschenko think twice before endorsing their support.
27 Sep 2010, 21:47
In Croatia,the majority of post-1991 political elite are former Communist party members.
Socdems,liberals or nationalist,all of them were "communists" before.
That shows how degenerate SKJ was,and how opportunism became the most important motive for party membership in many cases.
Anyway,most of former communists soiled turned out to be reactionary traitors and capitalist sell-outs.
27 Sep 2010, 22:20
The only state I know of that maintained the same party and people, as leadership, was Mongolia but they were hardly communist at all iirc.
28 Sep 2010, 06:51
The Romania's PCR was 'refounded' recently , or was trying to be reorganized calling the old members, in particular, the Ceaucescu opposition.
05 Oct 2010, 11:52
I suspect that most of you are aware that, in Russia, the Communist Party has repeatedly received the second greatest share of the votes in national elections, even though the favoured candidate (nowadays, the candidate backed by United Russia) has always received a greater percentage than all the other candidates combined. I would suppose that many of those who wish to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the present state of affairs in Russia, whether specifically directed at the current ruling clique or at the deterioration of the economy/society, choose to vote Communist, even many who supported or (for the younger generation) would have supported the protest movement against the party-bureaucratic élite at the end of the 1980s. Most of the other parties are seen as potemkin parties that have no intention of mounting a real opposition, serving the purpose of taking dissident votes away from the Communists and creating the semblance (however superficial) of political pluralism.