I think some Americans are anti-socialists simply because they've been anti-USSR for so long. I'm serious. Europe doesn't have a problem with socialism because Russia never became their greatest enemy. For the last half-century USA and the USSR have been neck-to-neck as the rulers of the world, and we've heard so many insults about Communism it seems like the utmost evil. Who didn't grow up make-believing about Russian spies and "the communists are coming!"
I'm not saying communism is right—far from it. I'm just wondering if our prejudice against socialism has little to do with the actual issue.And me? I really like Russians, personally. Can't wait till I can afford to visit their country.
And speaking of Communism I did some research on USSR injustices. We read A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich for school and we found out what Soviets did to citizens, but we really didn’t find out why. This is what I found:
- - Baptists were put in the camps not because they were Baptists, but because they refused to register themselves. A registered citizen cannot share religious content with children under 18 and cannot proselytize, and the government also spies on them. Baptists tried to avoid these things and got put in the camps for 25 years because of it.
- - If you were late for work three times, you were put in jail for three years.
- - If you stole food—any food, period, even potatoes left in the field during a famine, you got a nice fat 25 years. Try to feed your family on that.
- - If you made a joke about an official, you could get 25 years in the gulag.
- - Relatives of people who were imprisoned often got imprisoned themselves. ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ so they say.