I am reading an autobiographic graphic novel by a person who grew up in the GDR.
In one episode, she describes her experiences with communist bureaucracy. Eight months pregnant with her first child, she lives in a dilapidated, stinking one-bedroom flat. She has applied for a better one at the Wohnraumlenkung, but hasn't heard anything new about it for months.
She goes to confront a bureaucrat in the department that is sitting on her application. She is told that not being a member of the party, nor having earned any other merits, she is unlikely to ever be given a better flat.
She threatens to write to the newspaper, or to complain to a superior authority. Both things the bureaucrat brushes off with a laugh.
Then she threatens the bureaucrat not to attend the next election.
This gets her a new flat within weeks.
I would like to understand why.
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