Mimetic Desire, PsyOps, and Rock-N-Roll in the GDR

How Rene Girard might have helped the West take down communism

Leo Behrs
Teatime History
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9 min readMay 27, 2024

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Residential buildings in the GDR's largest ‘new build’ area, Berlin Marzahn, 1987. Credit: Bundesarchiv

With Germany’s reunification, we were lucky to leave behind the stale, comatose mindset of government control in the East German Democratic Republic, GDR. People were governed by apparatchiks who contributed little but omnipresent, mediocre rulership and technocrats who…

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Leo Behrs
Teatime History

Semi-fictional accounts of the future repeating its past