So, friends — today will be a great and interesting post about why I don’t like the Soviet Union. Fans of the scoop very often ask me about it in the comments — and so I decided to write about this great and detailed post — I think my opinion will join the USSR likes the same as me. Today there will be no trolling and banter — just the bare facts about the life of the country, and differences from life druia countries in similar historical periods.
The text is long enough, but I recommend reading it entirely — as each paragraph in some sense follows from the previous one, and all together creates the overall picture is poor and bleak, but also powerless life in the USSR. If something does not agree — that’s not a bomb, but just arguments, write in the comments what you disagree with.
So there you go. In today’s post — ten points about the things I don’t like the Soviet Union. Come under kat, there interesting. Well, friends to add do not forget)
1. Total egalitarianism.
Soviet propaganda has repeatedly stated, saying that in the Soviet Union everyone is equal, forgetting to add, that the equal Soviet citizens in wealth and freedom, injustice and poverty. Proactive and business people were not welcomed, private enterprise (until 1987) in the Soviet Union was outside the law, and if you wanted at least something to live better than the poor gray mass, then you have only two options — either to go the “party line”, subject to the ideology of the Bolsheviks, or be outlawed and to do some underground denim jeans or black marketeering.
There was also a third option — to become Gagarin or Pugacheva, but he was only 0,01% of the population. All Soviet citizens were “equal” in their poverty, and paradoxically — this is often touted by fans of the USSR as a blessing. Like, we were poor — but nobody was jealous because EVERYONE was poor. A great benefit to society. Good life — nothing to start.
2. Demagoguery and propaganda.
Perhaps the USSR was the first and for a long time the only country where demagoguery and propaganda covers literally all spheres of life. Soviet demagogy and propaganda taught in the faculties of journalism, all sorts of “training courses”, military faculties and in vserazlichnyh “top party schools”. The task of demagogy and propaganda was constant and widespread evidence that the USSR is the best country in the world, and all the rest of us are just jealous, and mad.
Demagoguery was used for “dialekticheskogo bla-bla-bla” this or that problem when you reply to a particular acute issue. For example, on the question of the powerlessness of Soviet workers could respond that America is still lynched blacks, and on the question of Soviet alcoholics and drinking — to talk about the fact that this is all part of an insidious DULLES plan for the destruction of the USSR. In General, demagoguery taught not to respond to the essence of the question posed, but “to win a verbal victory” over the source.
Propaganda was used everywhere, including in the news feed on TV — if some Western country government forces attacked Pro-Soviet fighters, then they were called “partisans”, “freedom fighters” and “fighters against the oppressors”, and if any demonstration against the government took place in the country of the socialist camp the rebels were called “bandits”, the “armed thugs” and “mercenaries of Western intelligence services.” That is — they have already created a preset relation to the event.
There is still need to add that demagoguery and propaganda in the Soviet Union was total. That means literally every event was interpreted from the Soviet point of view and in this system of values has inspired generations. During Perestroika , many were unable to rebuild, saying something like- “on all TV channels saying different things, who to believe?”
Those people who in their intellectual and moral development grew out of the Soviet system of values, who did not want to live in a system of total equality among constant demagoguery and propaganda — were subjected to repression. Now the word “repression” asscoiate only with the Stalinist period , but in fact the repression against its own citizens existed in the USSR all the years of this country consisted not only in executions.
Dissidents in the Soviet Union struck in the rights and imprisoned in prisons and asylums. In the punitive Soviet psychiatry there was even a “diagnoses” like “the fellowship of the overly scientific jargon” — it is not difficult to guess that with such “diagnosis” in asylums locked those who sincerely tried to show the fallacy of the Soviet system and those who are in their intellectual baggage and erudition is much superior to the Soviet doctors Konovalov.
Besides, the dissidents, the repression in the Soviet Union subjected all who did not fit into the Procrustean bed definition “Soviet man”. You could rot for long hair and overly tight pants (and ten years — too broad), for the fact that you are listening to the West “forbidden” music, for the fact that I think the invasion of Afghanistan — Alessia and not “help the brotherly people”, and many other things. And it was the Soviet years.
4. Powerless people.
Soviet propaganda at each corner told that Soviet citizens have any rights there — but in reality, the rights of the Soviet people had very little — he had a right to be born, was obliged to graft on the state, then retire and then (preferably sooner) to die in order not to load and without that the sickly Soviet economy. Actually — it was a full range of “rights” of the Soviet man.
Interestingly, this cannot be explained by the fact that “this time it was”, because exactly at the same time, citizens of developed countries had significantly more rights — they had the right to property, the right to travel abroad on their own (without asking for permission from the master), the right to organize communities and parties, the right to ownership of enterprises (private or shared), the right to start your own business and become rich in the end — the right not to work and live my life the way I want you, not decided for you what sort of “state”.
In a few developed countries, citizens also had the right to bear arms and even the right to armed rebellion — in that case, if the state will be insufferable and will grossly violate their rights. Soviet citizens had no rights and lived at large on the rights of serfs — but advocates of the all day told them stories about what it should be.
5. The lack of respect for the individual.
One of the striking characteristics of the Soviet life — it is a complete contempt for the individual. Who lived in the Stalin years is a good writer Anatoly Mariengof described it is a good aphorism — “Hey, man, it sounds good you? And in the face, in the face, in the face”. The lack of respect for the individual follows from the previous paragraph — the Soviet man had no rights, and no one to respect his personality wasn’t going to.
Soviet propaganda liked to tell that person nothing, the collective is all and the Soviet demagoguery supplemented these stories with all sorts of parables, like the one when the old man said to the children that are unable to break the broom — “individually you thin twigs, and only together you are a force,” although personally I always wanted to finish this parable with the words — “individually, you personality, and only together, you filthy broom”.
What was needed Soviet collectivism and the suppression of the individual? The thing is that the crowd was easier to manage, it wrote to all the researchers of the masses of the XX century, from Gustave Le Bon and Erich Fromm to Elias Canetti and Sigmund Freud. That is why the scoop is constantly cultivated the cult of the mass and the crowd, and destroyed an individual.
6. Irremovable away with the power.
Soviet power was supplied to the USSR as something unchangeable, eternal and final — although this was contrary to even the most Marxist dialectic, spoke on the continuing development of society. No party in the USSR did not exist, all the youth movements were banned, and most importantly — the people did not elect the government in the elections.
All this led to the fact that the Soviet government literally said he felt “owners” of the population (not chosen by the body) caused her impunity — the power to literally doing what I wanted, took all sorts of laws, arguing in the international arena with other countries — and it all happened with the connivance of the population, which could not affect it.
In developed countries the situation was different — say, in the US there are Democrats and Republicans who constantly look back to their constituents and change from time to time in the government. Some in the government tighten the social sector and human rights, others rights of employers in the tax policy. There is a constant rotation, so that the country develops. In the USSR there was only one party in power, due to constant stagnation and marking time.
7. Military adventures.
Due to the fact that in the USSR there was always only one party in power, and the population was deprived of their basic rights and also constantly processed demagoguery and propaganda — the government is constantly staged military adventures abroad. It was necessary, first, to weaken the “decadent West”, and secondly — to try to impose their Soviet stooges in the greatest possible number of countries that would help the Soviet regime for longer stay afloat.
All military adventures of the Soviet Union (like the war in Afghanistan or Angola) was implemented for the money of ordinary Soviet citizens, and when a country has a free press and the change of power, this situation would have been completely impossible, have long been questioned — but do we need to waste millions of rubles and thousands of lives of our boys in the same Afghanistan? Whether the country’s real elections — for this power with such decisions would not have voted no.
But the power of the Soviet Union has not changed, and this situation persisted almost to the end of the Soviet Union.
8. Alcoholization of the population.
You know, the fans of the USSR now will tell you that the Soviet Union saying “the government cared about the citizens and their health”, etc., but the fact remains — virtually the entire history of the Union was the alcoholismand drinking in the USSR very much.
What is it for? Writer and philosopher Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz in his book “Drugs” brought alcohol to the so-called “social drugs” — it helps to keep the population “in check” and suppresses the will of individuals, and also creates a sense of “momentary happiness” — which in the long run kills a man want to change something in your life.
Fans like the Soviet Union to talk about the mythical Western “DULLES Plan” by soldering of the population (which is actually a slightly modified quote from the novel “the Eternal call” by Anatoly Ivanov), but in reality it is the Soviet government itself all the years of being fed its own population — vodka was sold, even where nothing but the bread was not alcohol in the first place tried to deliver in the most depressed and potentially “explosive” regions, plus in all of Soviet culture all the years there was a high tolerance to alcohol — in the movies and books they were shown a good-natured klutz, which should be “understand and forgive”.
Only in the last years of the Soviet Union Gorbachev tried to hold anti-alcohol campaign — that, in fact, did not give any effect, because the population over the decade have become accustomed to live together with alcohol.
9. Inefficient economy.
Even fans of the USSR recognize the fact that in a country with a total demagoguery and propaganda, the disenfranchised and the repressed population, irremovable and unpunished power and alkoholisierung population — were extremely inefficient economy. All Soviet economic success existed only on paper and in the program “Time”, while in stores there was a shortage, enterprises was a mess and drunkenness, and in the collective farms was drunk and a mess.
The main reason for the inefficiency of the Soviet economy can be sformuliruet so the man was not interested in the results of the actual labor. If you look closely — it’s a simple idea for everyone at all stages of economic activities in the USSR. The Minister of industry was only interested in pleasing the “party bosses”, the Director of the plant (which plant is not owned) cared only about “the plan” and not about product quality and reputation, and Bob the mechanic was able to drink half of the day — the salary he’s paid.
The essence of the Soviet economy is well described by Venedikt Erofeev ‘s poem “Moscow-Petushki”: “We give them once a month acabatelo — they give us twice a month salary.” “Work” brigade was that they were dug up, buried the cable in exchange for money and drinking in the workplace.
10. Total poverty and poverty.
What is the result of this, based on what the USSR? Maybe total egalitarianism, demagoguery and propaganda, irremovable power, military adventures, alcoholism and an inefficient economy have led to the fact that Soviet citizens live lavishly? Of course not — the result was exactly as he could be — people in the USSR lived in poverty and bad, and is expressed in specific numerical terms — the Soviet engineer or factory worker could buy a lot less than working in some of France, Italy or the United States, and thus had a “bonuses” in the form of closed borders, repression and propaganda, and part of his money went on military adventures unchangeable power.
And here zacham had it all? Generally after all this, can you love the USSR?
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