It is amazing that this woman really feels this way, but Bruni de la Motte is a former East German that wishes the Berlin Wall never fell and that communism never ended in the storied German "Democratic" Republic.
While she was wise enough to realize that once the Wall fell, the unification of Germany would soon follow, it is with utter dismay that it happened.
Note this from the linked article:
Of course, unification brought with it the freedom to travel the world and, for some, more material wealth, but it also brought social breakdown, widespread unemployment, blacklisting, a crass materialism.
I guess it does not bother Frau de la Motte that people in her paradise, the G"D"R, did not have the freedom to travel. Not just within their own nation but to the rest of the world. One has to suppose that she saw not one thing wrong with the Wall being built in the first place. After all, it was not built to keep people out, but to prevent people from fleeing the wondrous East Germany.
The "social breakdown" that Frau de la Motte regrets is that the control that the government had over the people's lives was no more. Like anyone that had been in nothing but a totalitarian state, there was a sense of being lost and not knowing what to do. And even a yearning for the past.
Yes, there was widespread unemployment. And there still is. But, people had the freedom to choose the jobs that they wanted. They were not forced by the state to certain fields. With that freedom comes a responsibility that means getting the proper education for a job that one wants, not what the state wants.
Blacklisting. What a friggin' laugh! If one did not extol the virtues of communism, being a member of the party or not, does this Frau de la Motte really believe that there was no blacklisting by the party? Has this gal ever heard of the Stasi? That is the East German version of hated Soviet KGB. Yes, West Germany could not have known communists and or their sympathizers in the power structure. They had to either reject their failed ideology and pledge to work within a democratic, republican system. If not, their loyalty to the unified Germany had to be called into question.
As far as crass materialism, it is the sign for these oppressed people of being able to attain items that they never thought of in the communist East. Yes, there are many items that we now seem to not be able to live without. But many are not "necessary". But they show an amazing innovation and the eventuality that those items will be affordable to the majority of people in a short time.
There is a lot more to read in this column. But the best is the last paragraph. Here for your perusal:
Since the demise of the GDR, many have come to recognise and regret that the genuine "social achievements" they enjoyed were dismantled: social and gender equality, full employment and lack of existential fears, as well as subsidised rents, public transport, culture and sports facilities. Unfortunately, the collapse of the GDR and "state socialism" came shortly before the collapse of the "free market" system in the west.
WOW! Is that all there is to life? Subsidized rent? Without the possibility of ever being able to buy a home of one's choice. Public transport? Without the possibility of ever being able to buy the car of one's choice. Culture and sports facilities? What, there is no such thing in the West? Of course there are cultural and sports facilities. Social and gender equality? Really? Did the communist elite actually use the public transport? Have their rent subsidized? And gender equality? Did homosexuals have the same freedoms that they enjoy in the West? Was there even a discussion of same-sex marriage? Only in a free nation can people even discuss, and even vote on such issues. And existential fears? What in the hell is this gal talking about?
In fact, what is this gal writing about at all? The nostalgia of a form of government that took the most important aspect of a people away. That is freedom. That is why the Wall was built in the first place. To subjugate those who yearned for being truly free oppressed. If that is what Frau de la Motte misses, there are some nations left in the world that have not learned the lesson of the former East Germany.
A great place for Frau de la Motte to start would be North Korea. Uh, maybe a bit to harsh. There is always Red Cuba. Yes, that is the ticket! Let us encourage Frau de la Motte to go to Red Cuba. After all, it appears that she yearns for a land that would remind her of the East Germany that is now on the ash heap of history.
To bad the freedom that the East German's now enjoy can not be had by the people of Red Cuba. Maybe people like Frau de la Motte can go there to spread her socialist Utopian dream.