The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
I was raised, most likely the same way you were, to fear the Soviets and Communists.
Then I grew up, and actually met some folks who came from over there.
One had to escape and hated it.
The other was sent here, and loved it there even more then here.
First off, the Soviet Union was not really “Communist” in any way shape or form. Secondly, all the propaganda that we were fed about over there
really related to two issues, neither of which had anything to do with either socialism or communism. What they really related to was the perceived
poverty levels, and the police state tactics used by the USSR.
In relation to those, I have been told by folks who actually lived there, that it was greatly exaggerated by our government as part of their
anti-communist propaganda. Over there, you were educated, then given a job. You do well at that job and you move up the ladder, you do bad and you get
fired. If you get fired from three jobs, you better have family to fall back on because your SOL. If you wanted to have some of the nicer things in
life, you could work hard and earn them, or you could work more then one job if you desired, just like over here.
Now its true that some things were harder to get over there. That however makes perfect sense when you think about it. What type of system attracts
the greed ridden corporations and banks? Would they want to do business in a society where they had to fairly share their profits, and treat their
employees fairly, or where they could maximize lining their own greedy pockets? Of course greed always wins out, and so they came to where all the
rules were in favor of them keeping most of the profit generated by their employees hard work to themselves. So many of the nice things that the
wealth and manufacturing that those banks and corporations provided were unavailable to them.
As far as the Police State tactics are concerned, you have just as much to fear over here ATM with the new Real ID's, Patriot Act, torture, and such
as they ever did over there. Police States can exist under ANY form of government, as we are learning now. We always considered that it would never
happen in a Democracy as no one would allow it to be voted in, but what folks are waking up too is that this is no more a “real” democracy, then
Russia was a “real” communism. The US is a Capitalist Oligarchical Republic. All that it took to scare folks into accepting a police state was one
attack by radicals on US soil.
I've said it on here a thousand times before, but a true communism only exists where a community has to put the community itself first for survival
(such as a tribe), or in a place where a “higher calling” overrides peoples tendency for greed (such as a religious commune).
Christ would have been considered a communist by today’s standards.
The society show in Star trek is actually communist.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.