East Germany: A Day at the Races

As all Communists know, East Germany is a "Democratic Republic," and with regularity Communist Party Boss Walter Ulbricht hauls 99.8% of his faithful electorate off to the polls to vote the official state slate. Last week's provincial and local elections, however, were to have been different. The people, decreed Democrat Ulbricht, would actually be given a choice: there would be 246,000 candidates for 204,000 jobs.

Voters in the decadent bourgeois states might not consider that much of a choice, but the privilege of crossing out two names on a twelve-man ballot held obvious appeal for the average East German. Perhaps...

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