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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #64)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 04:34 AM

66. I can't say that USSR Communism was oppression with any certainty, no.

I've heard people rave about how bad it was... but it's usually people who were there (or in satellite states) as children of parents that managed to get to the US... which usually means some sort of money or connection or something... not to mention enough hankering after Western Style Wealth that... well, I can't help but judge the children to be likely to have been raised not-so-non-partisan on the subject.

Everyone I've run into who left as an adult says that communism wasn't so bad... they often kind of miss it.

The Russian mail-order-brides I've run across are generally so disturbed that I can only try to guess at how traumatic the selling-off of socialized/government assets in the name of privatization could've been for the general population. No one I've met who grew up, in whole or in part, under Communism has ever been as disturbed as some of the mail-order-brides who seem to have grown up under new-capitalism were.

Maybe USSR Communism was oppression of the human spirit in some way... but maybe all civilization is oppression of the human spirit in some way... I'll certainly say that it didn't seem to work out quite as brilliantly as foretold by Marx.... but it didn't go global, and it always had security concerns... and threats of war justify all sorts of otherwise unjustifiable behaviors in one's own paranoid mind...

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