- Oct 2008
- The Bright Center of the Universe
We have just finished the fall of communism in history and I have found that the Fall of the Berlin Wall may have not really been such a good thing. Yes, it spelt the end of the Cold War, Berlin and Germany were united once more. Capitalism flooded in but the unemployment figures for east Germany for the next five years or so were incredibly high. The process of creating a capitalist east Germany created wealth for those in the west because few in the east knew how to run a business under a capitalist system so West Germans ran most businesses. Teachers and Principals who had formally taught students about socialist ideas found themselves unemployed or busted down to kindergarten teachers because the socailist values were no longer taught. The west had to bail out the east economy to the sum of 1 trillion deutschmarks, most of which went to welfare programs. This stress on the economy caused many west Germans to resent the re-unification of Germany and the unemployment and few benefits caused many east Germans to consider the communist system better. So what I'm asking is, was the Fall of the Berlin wall a good thing?