Bulgarian joke: communism is back in power

Yesterday, a visiting comrade from the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) told us this popular joke from Bulgaria:

A woman wakes in the middle of the night and sits up in bed. She leaps out of bed and rushes to look in the medicine cabinet. She runs to the kitchen to open the refrigerator. She turns to the window, opens it and and looks out on the street. Breathing a sigh of relief, she returns to bed.

Wakened by her frantic activity, her husband asks, ‘what’s wrong?’

‘I had a dreadful nightmare’, she says. ‘I dreamed that we could once again afford to buy medicine, that the refrigerator was full of food and that the streets were safe and clean’.

‘How can that be a nightmare?’ Her husband asks.

‘I thought that communism was back’, she says, shaking her head.

7 thoughts on “Bulgarian joke: communism is back in power

  1. One of the most under-reported facts over here, is the amount of people in former ‘Soviet-Bloc’ countries who yearn for a return to the previous system. The perceived ‘freedom’ came with all the associated ills of Capitalism indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. What beetleypete says is true. I saw two documentaries produced in the EU, one about the Baikal lake and the other one about Georgia. The Baikal lake, in the winter, hosts people who drill holes in the ice to catch fish. Of course, given the temperatures and the fact they sit on folding chairs for hours on end, they freeze, sometimes for tiny catches. So, one says to the other, “what we need is communism back. We wouldn’t have to strive like that to scrape a living.” The other answers, “bloody right, bring back the commies. This joke has lasted long enough. We want proper jobs and food”.
    In Georgia, a lady in front of her house, in the middle of nowhere, points to the dilapidated road that leads to her tiny village and says, “when we had communism, the road was maintained and in perfect shape. We were treated like humans”.
    To these people, the capitalism “liberty” is a disaster.

  3. It’s funny how people who never lived in a communist country try to tell us how free we used to be or how good was done to us during those times. I am Romanian, I was 10 years old in 1989 and I still remember staying in line for two hours to buy bread or waking up at 3-4 AM to stay in line for milk or butter. Or being forced to buy baubles together with Vegeta and Delikat (spices from Hungary and Yugoslavia). Or the churches demolished. Or people forced out of their houses, houses that were demolished afterwards because the Party wanted to build blocks. Or being obliged to sing for the Party and its leader. Should I continue?

      1. I am not doubting that. 🙂 My grandparents still believe it was better during the communist regime because “the young ones were obliged to have jobs and didn’t have time to do all kind of stupid things”, “now TV is crap and is showing a lot of immoral stuff”. But let’s be serious, communism was not something to yearn for.

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