QUOTE (Dunvegan @ 5th Jun 2011, 03:54am)
Where ever has there been a socialist "regime" that did not create and fill gulags, death camps, war against "fraternal socialist regimes" make prisoners of their own "freedom and peace loving citizens"; Iron curtains, concrete walls, worked to death in isolation and mass starvation. No need to look to history, look to Korea, North that is. The contrast between the two Germanys was stark. the East had one in every ten citizens working for the "Stasi" and could not even produce an automobile. the Soviet Empire could produce weapons of war and mass destruction but could not produce a working electric drill for sale on the open market. It also had the most class divided society since the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan. Party hacks shopped at special stores, had access to western decadent goods, medicine and housing beyond even that of the highest professionals. They were even buried in special party cemeteries!!!!
I note you use the term regime, in what appears a ridiculous and futile attempt at attacking Socialism.
If you where to use similar language attacking Christianity, I'm fairly sure you would upset some people with deeply held views. I personally find such attacks hurtful, however I'm not a German, nor Russian,
Korean, or Japanese, broadly speaking I'm a Celt of Scottish Irish descent, so I'm far from perfect in understanding the workings and mind sets of anything other than my own.
Did the West have Secret Police ?
Did they have political prisoners ?
Did they have special prisons ?
Did they have mass unemployment ?
Did they have millions of poor ?
Your attack fails to address, the high moral values embedded within Socialism, how dare you suggest otherwise ( true socialists have love and compassion for their fellow man ) they demand fairness in society, and a redistribution of wealth in that society. They demand an end to the cycle of poverty and strife, that inflicts one third of our dear people in Scotland. Socialism embraces true democratic principles, with a change and shift of power, from the few rich elite, to the broad masses.
I refuse to be associated with the monster you paint.