Delusion of power

02 Sep

The Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania

In 25 years of uninterrupted rule Nicolae Ceausescu wanted to radically change Romania and Bucharest in an unmatched way for its history. His main wish was to change, and unfortunately succeeded, the spirit of its people. Much of the drawbacks of what Romania encounters today is stemming from the destruction of the elite during the introduction of Communism in Romania, an elite replaced by illiterate “workers and peasant” promoted as specialists after a short and expedite education. Like any other dictator Ceausescu’s delusion of power was aggrandized by the opportunists and sycophants who surrounded him and extolled his merits as the “master builder” of new Romania. Bucharest became a large “Lego-like” game where large swaths of the city with remarkable and authentic architecture were completely razed to make space, between other, of the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, named by him “The People’s House”. The colossal building was envisioned to overlook a large boulevard that carried the name “The Victory of Socialism”. In the end the “victory” proved a total defeat on all fronts and the Ceausescu’s megalomaniac century-lasting memory morphed in curiosity statuettes served on a tray that tourist may buy by the dozen.




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