For sure, as 1989 Berlin Wall Fall marked the end of communist era deep economic crisis today marks the end of US monopoly (not the end of capitalism as model).
But, even at the point of Wall Fall there were at least two different models of communist countries – Soviet and Yugoslavian. Western propaganda reduced all types to Soviet model for easing of breaking up that anachronistic system.
Abstraction is valid scientific tool, but in some cases could lead to wrong results. Certainly, putting aside Yugoslavian communist model was much more favorable for extensive western propaganda worldwide.
Each day bombing citizens with terms such as “Iron curtain”, “dictatorship” etc, gradually resulted in World partition – Big West and the rest.
Berlin wall fall and breakup of former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia were finale of long term “Free world democracy” campaign against communism that was led and supported by USA.
Democracy defeated dictatorship. US “infinite race for getting rich ideology” put consumption “sui generis” as the top human priority. Perfectly organized and executed that propaganda is based on natural people dream of easy living.
Many people who was committed to fight for democracy 20 years ago, today feel betrayed. That feeling is intensified by negative effects of the worst global economic crisis in last 70 years. Twentieth Anniversary of communism fall coincides with the greatest global crisis in the world dominated by “free democratic capitalism”.
Justification machinery turned on to make distance from “new revolutionary tendencies”. Members of opposition parties are often called anarchists, populists, revolutionaries, words war getting on weight.
As Lenin said “No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses”. There is no such good political marketing that will be accepted by fired people who lost their jobs.
Freedom versus survival basic human choice. Hungry people are not even capable to feel the freedom, not to mention to enjoy and develop their personality in free environment.
People from former communist countries (Warsaw Pact, Yugoslavia, etc.) accustomed to 100 percent lifelong safety of job were pushed to neo-liberal capitalism fighting at workforce market. Most of them were not brought up and trained for such working environment of absolute uncertainty. They have become bitter and deeply disappointed by democracy.
Step-by-step approach were skipped – “User friendly” transition to capitalism should be some form of mixture of socialism and social-democracy in early phase with dominant state control of economy, then second phase should be developed social-democracy with more intensive market laws, third logical phase is Keynesian economy with strong interventionist government policy. Governments, in this phase, use fiscal and monetary measures to mitigate the adverse effects of business cycles.
Finally, last phase is full free market neo-liberal capitalism, with government serving and protecting capital.
If we have social stability in mind, I guess, none of former communist countries, which were less developed than old western countries, is not mature for neo-liberal status.
Issue of freedom is relative. Majority of ordinary people would exchange freedom of criticizing politicians for good standard of living and job certainty. Even debating freedom issue -
Trite phrase that global crisis were made by “some bad and greedy guys of ours” has nothing to do with serious approach to solving extremely sensitive issue of huge accumulation of wealth of a very few, on one side, and fast impoverishment of majority population, on other side.
Even great economist John Maynard Keynes was wrong making forecasts in 1930, due to excessive relying on statistics at the same time neglecting human nature.
Accumulated capital has its own rules regardless social infrastructure in its environment. Instead of three hour shifts 5 days a week most of ordinary people afraid of job loss are in over timing. Keynes did not take in account that only very few will enjoy benefits of economic growth not majority of population.
“When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals”, Keynes said.
Unfortunately, accumulation of wealth has the highest social importance so far, and code of morals went for worse, not for better, If we could talk of any morals at all.
Once upon a time partnership reality between labor and capital as well as workers and management today turns utopia.
Frankly, people today can freely speak on distant politicians, but not on their chiefs and CEOs. They lack that crucial relationship and partnership with their management structure. That can be illustrated as very busy crowded one way street.
In former Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia labor organized workers` councils had great impact on managing boards, in some cases workers could have managed their CEOs dismissing.
In today’s world labor is nothing more than, as simple as that, pure blotting pad of capital representatives decisions. Arisen modern dilemma is what brings higher profit rates and earnings – Permanent fear of job loss followed by miserable pay of majority of workers or partnership between labor and capital accompanied with better salaries of ordinary workers.
“Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society”, Karl Marx said.
Neoliberal concept of global capitalism need deep changes due to proving bad so far. Recent internet surveys show that more than 70 percent of population wish radical changes in corporate policy of pay range (decreasing huge bonuses etc..). Closing eyes won’t go for better, government and society action is needed.
Maybe sticking back to Keynesian economics and principles of intervening would prove better than “going back to communism”. If we address the issue properly and act in appropriate way, 30th or 40th Anniversary of Berlin Wall fall will not be shadowed by some new global crisis.
I guess that is the legacy of Wall fall – Freedom, not only in philosophical and art terms, but, first of all, in economic terms, that means, more assets and higher standard of living for majority of people not a few selected ones.