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Interesting accrual of a thought, there, David. When I go back over it 
I'm stopped at the third sentence, "How can this be?"....Do you ever 
come up with answers, tentative or otherwise?

Ken A

On 5/14/2012 5:32 AM, David Boyd wrote:
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> Similarly, in recent decades I have worked closely with the remnants 
> of communist East German technological industry, formerly controlled 
> by the Soviets, typically for their own  military purposes.
>
> Although 'freedom' and a much-changed economic and legal  order 
> prevails, it has ever intrigued me that the self-same individuals who 
> ran the place under the former DDR regime continue to  do so under the 
> new, integrated, German Federal one.
>
> How can this be?, I have often speculated. When the old regime was 
> toppled, why weren't it's state industry managers disposed-of too?
>
> And, scratch the surface of the ordinary workers' perceptions and one 
> finds very mixed feelings about the collapse of the DDR. From 
> virtually zero unemployment they've gone to 20 to 30 %; decent housing 
> is unaffordable to everyone other than employed high-earners in the 
> new economy and many will tell you that they're far far worse off 
> financially than under the old order, and wish they had it back.
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