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Where we are and how we got there--the resurgence of totalitarianism in Europe and the West (part 2)

(Second part of post--see July 20th for the first part)


July 21, 2018
Will democracy “naturally” win out over authoritarian rule? With the exception of Czechoslovakia (which had been a Western-style democracy from 1918-1939), after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the nations of Central and Eastern Europe were not versed in the values, beliefs, and principles needed to create and maintain a democratic government in a civic society. East Germany reunited with West Germany in 1990, giving it the stability and economic help it needed. But the other countries, faced with disrupted economies, organized crime, a brain drain of their most educated people to countries where they could find better jobs, and a constant pull backwards from those who had benefited from the past regime, needed significant and ongoing help from the major democracies of the world. 
From the vantage point of 30 years later, changing from post-Soviet totalitarian rule in Central and Eastern Europe to Western-style dem…

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