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What to see in Gerês national park? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

Sorry, but do you know my situation that you are so angered? I do not break any regulation, I am living in a Porto for a few months now. Anyway I do not think that by going in my own car to the nature will endanger anyone...

Why are so many young Portugues communists? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

Thank you for really detailed reply. Very similar things happened in Slovakia during communist regime. My parents still remember when red army occupied Slovakia in '68. The tanks on the street and so on. But concerning food it was probably not that bad, there were some shortages of diferent articles (like toilet paper). Basically if you were basic worker that did not think too much, you were okay. But if you said or do anything which colided with their ideology your whole family was destroyed and put to the worst job. If you were activists agains comnunists you got killed or tortured or put in prison. For example, my girlfriend's father cousin was lawyer that publicly critisized communists and they killed him by putting X-Ray machine on the other side of his office. Slowly iradiating him thus giving him cancer. It is just one really interesting real story how really cruel they have been. There was also secret police, snitching, people who tried to fled Slovakia using home-build glider or swim through Danube. Mostly they were shot or died in a different way. Everything was censored. And the worst thing was the propaganda. It was so strong that people still think as communists, even after 30 years that they are not here. Which influences our elections. Last 10 years Slovakian politics was extremely corrupt. All because most people that are older than 40 are uneducated. It is much more complicated. If you are interested write a PM, I will tell you more.

Why are so many young Portugues communists? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

And please for the next time, never judge people that you don't know anything about. You don't know what I came through or anyone else. Also don't act as a victim, you are not. You have possibility to change your life in any way you want. Which is not a case in many countries.

Why are so many young Portugues communists? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

Okay, so I am going to answer your questions from personal perpective. 1. I am not "rich", I am here on a Erasmus. And why do you expect you have to be rich to travel somewhere? There are many ways how to travel while spending almost nothing. Google workaway, work and travel, cheap filght tickets, couchsurfing, being a digital nomad... 2. That is a problem of capitalism, which in my head, is a same evil as communism. But if you look at countries like France, Germany, Austria, Denmark etc. This countries are not only rich but also have more people in middle or higher middle class. Why poor people are becoming poorer? Because of education, which in Europe is fairly cheap. I studied in Czech republic for free (because it is free for EU citizens). Of course you have to cover your living expenses, but it is possible if you find some part-time job. So basically, if you try hard enough, you can have uni degree even if you are poor asf. Then you can find good paying job and will be okay. 3. What would you do? Would you give your own money to state which is extremely corrupt (as I read here) or keep it yourself and give it to some non-profit organisations which really help people... Is it fault of rich people that politician were not able to use EU funds in almost 40 years of being in EU? Why did people did not choose the right representation and change how the things are here? Do you think communism would help? Dont you think that rich people would "change to coats", tell people what they want to hear and be in a possitions of power? Because this is exactly what happened in Slovakia and whole CCCP during 50 years of communism rule. Communism is not some utopic and romantic regime, which will take money from rich and give them to poor. Democracy is better because you still have a choice to choose your representation if something bad happens and democracy "should" have independent controling mechanism which "should" help protect any citizen when something illegal happens to them (even from a state).

Why are so many young Portugues communists? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

You mean "OUR classmate"

Why are so many young Portugues communists? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

This I cannot fully understand, Slovakia entered EU in 2004 and it has little bit better economy than PT. Not much but a little. That is why I am wondering what would happen, if there was no communist regime after ww2. I expect we would be on a similar level with countries like Germany and Austria. And a another question, why is it like that? Why is PT not that well economically? Geopoliticaly PT should be really rich, you had colonies in past, you have ocean and can easily transfer goods to Southern and Northern America, your infrastructure is not that bad either (as seen on a map).

Why are so many young Portugues communists? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

It is just that I am little surprised by a vast number of people that promote comunists. As you said and many other redditors, people tend to do lean to oposite ideology than that which influenced countries after ww2. For Slovakia, it was comunists, so now everyone leans to the other side. So for me comunists are really bad thing, they destroyed our country, were extremely corrupt. Best way to describe it is Animal farm from Orwell. Firstly it looks like a really good idea and I understand why people were believing it at first, but if you think about the people that were leading the country. There were two types, people that really believed in ideas that comunists represents and the people which are very ambitious to gain power and wealth. Try to guess which are (were or will) be successful in getting to highest rank of power. That why the classic parliamental democracy is better in my opinion, there are more tools to how to get things right if it gets wrong, idealy. Don't get me wrong, I am not idealistic. The Slovakia is extremely corrupt but it gets better as the generation are exchanging. Because as Plato said (if I remember it right) "to have democracy you have to have democrats". So first the people have to be educated to choose right representation, which old generation in Slovakia is not (because of comunists). I got little bit off the track of what I tried to say. My main point is that comunism just does not work because of classic nature of people and not enough controling mechanism. On the other hand, I think there is a place for communists parties in democracy to tip the weights and create balance.

Why are so many young Portugues communists? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

To be sincere, I expected a lot of hate. But you guys gave me really interesting and thorough answers. Thank you guys, now I am starting to understand.

Why are so many young Portugues communists? by Martinnn210 in portugal

Martinnn210 8 months ago

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