A few years ago I compared the death of Communism with the “death” of John Barleycorn in the traditional English song. Despite being most thoroughly mowed, pitchforked, and ground to pieces, Communism somehow survived in various forms and permutations.
“They have worked their will on John Barleycorn, but he lived to tell the tale…”
And so it was with Slovenia. When the Yugoslav federation fell apart in the early 1990s, Slovenia managed to gain its independence, but it did not rid itself of the Communists that had run the country since World War Two. The following video describes the way the former nomenklatura of the Party managed to insert themselves into positions of power and gain control of privatized state assets after Slovenia became an independent state in 1991. The multiple shifting descendants of the Communist Party have maintained control of major media outlets and run the judicial system, all the while persecuting leading figures of the opposition.
Many thanks to TC for tipping us about this report:
Here’s little Sir John in a nut-brown bowl,
And brandy in a glass;
And little Sir John in the nut-brown bowl
Proved the stronger man at last.
And the huntsman he can’t hunt the fox,
Nor so loudly blow his horn,
And the tinker he can’t mend kettles or pots
Without a little of Barleycorn.