Babacracy

In thinking about this upcoming “You Don’t Speak to Communists” concert, one thing occurred to me this morning.

The audience that needs to be convinced that the Communists are dangerous aren’t the people listening to Lucie or KryÅ¡tof. Maybe I’m blinded by the fact that I’m living in Prague, but I don’t see great masses of young people rushing out to join the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia.

The real audience that needs to be reached is old, paranoid, and cranky. It’s a babacracy – rule by babičkas. They’re the reason for the KSČM’s rise, just as they caused the rise of the Duchodci pro Životní Jistotu (Pensioners for a Secure Life) in 1998.

The one man the babas would listen to – Karel Gott – isn’t going anywhere near that concert, is he? That would be biting the hand that feeds him.

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