I especially love it when people start trying to educate me about the USSR.
“But there were good things in the Soviet Union,” they say.
“No, there weren’t.”
“But the medical care was great.”
“No, it was horrible and barbaric.”
“But the education was wonderful.”
“No, it was really worthless.”
“But I read in a book how the Soviet Union was good.”
“And while you were reading that book, I was actually living in that horrible system.”
I have to say that the general ignorance on the subject of the Soviet Union is daunting. I have a friend – a very intelligent, highly educated guy – who shared with me how much his friend, who is a single mother, struggles in Canada.
“She’d be treated like a hero and offered every kind of support in the Soviet Union,” he announced to me.
I almost fell off my chair because of the sheer idiocy of this statement.
And since we are talking about socialism, I wanted to mention that whenever the government begins to have a stronger control over business, goods and services immediately diminish in quantity and quality. Whenever my sister travels from Canada to the US, that’s the first thing she notices. The same kind of stores in the US carry a much wider selection and the goods are significantly cheaper than in Canada. Furniture, baby clothes, shoes – everything is much better and much cheaper in the US. I guess we all know why that is and what exactly the Canadian government is doing to squeeze the entrepreneurial spirit out of the country. (This is a very sore point for me right now, so please tread gently.)