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Reader’s comment: The truth about communism

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In response to Ollie Wright: How mad is too mad for Labour?, PutinCooksSocks wrote:

The further we get away from the 1980s, the fewer people there are alive who can remember the genuine fear inspired by real communism. The ranks of barbed wire and chain-link fences splitting Europe in two, the high towers, the grey, silent world beyond them and the intransigent Soviet diplomats.

I have spoken to several young people who openly and proudly claim to be ‘communist’. They are simply mouthing the word with no idea of what it actually entails. They have been brainwashed by their university professors with a few pleasant catchphrases about ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’.

The old Soviet Union was filled with governmental corruption on a scale possible only in a society without an independent media to expose it. Routine social ruin and even execution were commonplace for anyone even suspected of deviating from socialist dogma. Their families were punished too. Even now China leads the world in executions, and its apparent economic success masks vast inequalities and tensions between the cities and the countryside.

Communism ushers in the most unfair societies of all.

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