reply to post by RedPill
There is a difference between being taken care of and being told what, when, where, and how to do things....
Socialism = being taken care of by the strength of the entire populace. There is nothing wrong with that, actually most of the world works in a
semi-socialistic way with universal healthcare, education, etc...
The problem lies when people distort things about the system because of bias due to being fed corrupted information. It was in the interest of the US
government and businesses to paint the USSR as being severe on its people, being a system of hard labour, a system where everyone was watched and
controlled or that those who didn't work were punished severely (or that they were lazy people and didn't want to work because they were handed
everything)... It was the best way to make people buy American made things and to keep American pride up so that American businesses would thrive...
And of course to keep Americans in fear of war to keep the defense budgets up and running!
The truth of the matter is that socialism actually prevented most of these things from happening. You see, because people had the basic necessities
taken care of, and they had education and jobs in their field of interest, the people were much happier and much more willing to work. My wife
explained to me that those who didn't work or who were alcoholics, were actually shamed into working or controlling their drinking not by the
government but by their family and neighbors who would literally shame them in public. It was understood by everyone that in order for the system to
work, everyone needed to do their part!
When the fall of the system started in the late 80's thanks to the US interventions (yes the US caused this by pushing the Ukraine, Bellaruss, and
other countries to push their own way through) then EVERYTHING COLLAPSED. Before this happened, people had grains coming from the Ukraine (to make
flour), steel from the Russian foundries, wood from the northern forests, coal from eastern Ukraine, etc... Everything came from different parts of
the USSR... After the fall, when everyone went their own way, the supply was cut. No more food! No more access to certain raw materials. Hence the
shortages everywhere. Those shortages were the result of a split union that worked so well for so long.
My answer to you is that there is no perfect system. I just believe that the problem we all have is perspective. We only get to see what "our side"
wants to tell us. We never get the real story until we either live it or meet people who have lived it.
Soviet Russia was not that bad for the commoner, actually they lived much better than Americans do now. For the guy who would cause a little bit of
trouble, well he didn't have such an easy life... Crime was low, but so was political opposition... but between you and me: why would I care who's
in power if I get everything I need and they don't interfere with my life (which they didn't)?