|Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 46):|
Don't know if this is a very good example of a "good" person, to be honest...Marxism and its descendants killed far more people than Fascism in the 20th century, and the deaths and repression go on to this day.
Not a criticism, as it's easy to think these things looking at what we read in the papers/saw in the Eastern Bloc (well, I didn't see, but have studied...), but I don't think this can be directly attributed to Karl Marx. He was a thinker, who came up with a different system and a theory as to how that would naturally come about. What he wrote doesn't tally with what came about, so I think it's unfair to imply the 'deaths and repression' were really his fault. It's by far more the fault of meglomaniacs who distort his thinking for their own gain and then impose that upon the layman under the guise of Marxism.
As for feeling national pride as a German, you should. Germany is a fine country-a strong economic power, a respectable political power, an excellent producer of many goods exported the world over, a leading contributer to Airbus...hell I could even say (winces) that you have a decent football team.
I think feeling some national pride and patriotism is perfectly natural-I'm bloody proud to be British, and wouldn't change it for the world, but it's only good up until a point. Beyond that you develop a superiority complex, become inward looking and no longer receptive to other countries/cultures, which will not make our world a better place. Nationalistic political parties like the BNP (here) and prats like its leader Nick Griffin come to mind here...
Anyway the long and short of it is no country has a clean slate-Britain has done many shameful things in places like India in the past, but the point is if your country has moved on and recognised its wrongs, just as Britain and Germany have done, than it's nothing to be ashamed of.