So, You Think Socialism Isn’t Really that Bad?

by Alena Pavlik

Is socialism really so bad? That was a question from my hairdresser, when I told her after last election that Obama would change the USA and we would slowly become a socialist republic.

And I said “YES“, because I know – I grew up in a socialist country, the former Czechoslovakia. After the government nationalizes everything, there is no private business left. You work for the government, your children go to government schools, you shop in government stores (you hardly find there what you need – shortages of everything all the time). You can only visit a doctor allocated to you, and the government controls where you travel (you’re not allowed to leave the country without a special permit). And you listen only to radio stations owned by the government and see only TV programs approved by the government.

Some people here just don’t get it and think that this cannot happen here. The first communist president in former Czechoslovakia, where I grew up, was elected in a free election. He promised to “spread the wealth by taking it from the rich and giving it to the poor”. Soon after that, everybody was poor; only the politician were rich (they had access to specials stores where they could get everything they wanted).

Also rich were the people who run the government stores. The customers had to bribe them to get, say, a bike for kids for Christmas, because there were not enough of them manufactured or imported.

We were never hungry and always had some food at home. Only after we defected did I realize that we had been poor. But because all our neighbors and kids in school had not had much more, it did not matter so much then. We were fed the idea that capitalism is very bad for people, that we have to be patient and one day we will live in a society where everybody will get everything according to their needs. For that reason, we were asked to tighten our belts.

I compare it to a ZOO where there is a fence so you cannot leave; but you won’t die of hunger.

We were brainwashed in schools from an early age. In each classroom, next to the blackboard there were pictures of Lenin, Stalin and our current president. We had to march on May 1st (Labor Day) in parades celebrating our workers, waving flags and placards with communist slogans. One of them was “Move FORWARD left foot, right foot, NOT one step BACK“. Sound familiar?

I could not believe the hundreds of signs I saw at the DNC Charlotte convention. FORWARD/NOT BACK. How about Michelle Obama asking all to keep on sacrificing for our own kids and grandkids (while she enjoys luxury vacations traveling in the large private jet paid for by us taxpayers)?

The socialist government I knew was even unable to manage factories and produce enough food for people, so it eventually collapsed.. Socialism does not work and will never work.

Alena Pavlik grew up in the former Czechoslovakia. She currently resides in Southern Florida.

Image: Unidentified location in Czechoslovakia of the second half of the 20th century; courtesy of Fredy.00 family archive; Bohumil Jirout (author), Fredy.00 (uploader), Juandev (crop, rotation)

  • Jorge

    This is what I tell my American friends about Cuba. But they no listen.

    • Cathy_B_in_AZ

      My Cuban friend is in denial, he said his parents who immigrated here love Obama. Keep telling them, Jorge!

  • AbigailAdams1

    What will it take for people to get it???? I was am remain stunned this man was elected. If we have another 4 years we are finished.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WD6OQW7ARWZK2JGELMZGWWAMY glitterngld

      Thats easy the answer is when they have lost Everything .

      • RacerJim

        By then it will be too late.

  • vesuvius1313

    There are too many fools that don’t think socialism is so bad so they have no problem giving gov’t more power over our lives. We need patriots that understand liberty is more important than security because without liberty and freedom we have no security as Ben Franklin pointed out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Wilson-Kingsley/100000397000382 Ann Wilson Kingsley

    Socialism does nothing but wipe out the Middle Class. Charity needs to be accomplished via Non-profits and not by an incompetent Federal Government. Very soon, due to all of the Federal Government manipulation, formerly Middle Class people will be living in abject poverty with totalitarian Police State control. Many families will have a relative in the Gulag or a family member forever missing for voicing dissidence.

  • WASP

    Russia and the USSR had 70+ years to make socialism work and couldn’t. The former Soviet slave nations of the Warsaw Pact had 40+ years to make it work, but couldn’t. Now, our progressive libtard democraps think THEY can make it work here. If repeating the same failed actions and expecting a different result is insanity, these loons must be the craziest b@$!@&%* on the face of the earth.

    • Douglas W. Rodrigues

      The American Communists / Socialists are under the impression that they can do it better. That’s because they’re all daydreaming idiots.

      • Pete

        But, at least for the moment, they are winning the battle to rule our nation. They are united. They will do whatever it takes – together. They know the truth of “divide and conquer.” That is why Obuma has been so hate-filled and divisive.

  • John F Remillard

    Most Americans do not realize ABC CBS NBC MSNBC CNN (A.K.A. main-stream-media) have been taken over and consolidated into a single purpose socialist propaganda machine.

    The USA is a country with 270,000,000 capitalists and 30,000,000 socialists and all it took for the socialists to get control was for them to take over the main-stream-media.

    In 1992 Bill Clinton changed the FCC law that prevented Hollywood movie companies from owning news companies.

    The FCC law was put in place in 1948 after Walt Disney complained that the movie industry labor unions started dictating the content of movies Disney was allowed to produce.

    An investigation by the US Senate discovered that operatives of the Communist Party International had infiltrated the movie industry labor unions

    As soon as Bill Clinton (his presidential campaign was funded by the Chinese Communist Party) removed the legal barrier:

    Time-Warner acquired CNN
    Disney Entertainment acquired ABC
    Paramount Studios acquired CBS
    Universal Studios acquired NBC

    The only way this minority of socialists can defeat the USA is by keeping control of the main-stream-media. Americans need to boycott the main-stream-media and boycott all vendors who advertise on main-stream-media TV channels.

    • RacerJim

      “Most Americans do not realize ABC CBS NBC MSNBC CNN (A.K.A. main-stream-media) have been taken over and consolidated into a single purpose socialist propaganda machine.”
      Indeed. And they, most Americans, are blissful in their ignorance…just like most Germans were when Hitler and the NAZI (National Socialist) Party turned the German media into a NAZI propaganda machine. And they, most Americans, either never learned or have forgotten what happened after that.

    • maybetoday777

      “Most Americans do not realize ABC CBS NBC MSNBC CNN”
      And, most americans don’t realize they are all owned and run by Roman Catholics then again since most americans are roman catholic what would you expect. You know who also was Roman Catholic (whether eastern orthodox or western)? Easy: Joe Stalin, Lenin, Castro, Mussolini, Hitler and all of his austrian buddies like Eichmann, Von Pappen, Goebbels, Himmler, etc… All confirmed, sprinkled roman catholics. You know who runs the UN? Roman Catholics. The UN has sponsored 120 wars in 60 years of peace-keeping forces. Dats some peace keeping forces! And, btw, Jesus Christ has NOTHING to do with Roman Catholicism. Wrong Jesus, wrong rock, wrong church and wrong everything. Jesus absolutely lambasted the catholic church in the Book. The catholic church is an exact replica of Old Testament Babylon. Need the verses? Prolly not..

      • 02000

        The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector.
        Luke 18:11
        Now that we’ve heard from the Pharisee, can we hear from the Samaritan or the woman at the well.
        Be very careful of how you judge another. Matt 7:22
        On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?
        Just sign me out as a Roman Catholic.

        • Pete

          Is anyone listening?! The Marxist buch that runs our government today is doing everything possible to keep us fighting over religion, race, and other divisive things. They know while we fight one another over these things, they can just walk right in and take over our nation. They are only days away from accomplishing that goal! We must quit fighting each other and unite to defeat the Marxist in Chief, Obuma, and his thugs. I don’t want to imagine the utter devastation of everything our country has been if Obuma is reelected. He will be arresting born-again Christians, Jews, and political opponents of every stripe. There will be internment camps across the country. Before he is done, Hitler will seem like a nice guy.

  • underthewire

    If one loves handouts and hand- me- downs…………it’s a great system. No one has to think for themselves……………no stress…………no incentives……and definitely only two classes to contend with……….the one you are in and the socialists.
    Send this lying loser back to to his roots……………….one last free flight and one parachute.

    • eddyjames

      Parachutes cost too much. Fly low and slow and push him out over water.

  • JaniceSix

    I wish everyone in America could read this article. Too many Americans are clueless and simply follow the crowd, which is why Obama was elected in the first place. People make uneducated decisions and, if they do this in November and vote for Obama, America will become something unrecognizable. . . a wasteland like the country identified in this article.

  • vicki

    The OP writes:
    “We were fed the idea that capitalism is very bad for people, that we
    have to be patient and one day we will live in a society where everybody
    will get everything according to their needs.”

    And they told the truth. There came a time when everybody got what they needed. The OP even warned us in the same paragraph:
    “We were never hungry and always had some food at home.”

    That is all they needed.

    • lastfreeman

      At what point will you realize your a slave?If a full belly and warmth in winter and cool in summer are your only goals then you’er no better than someones dog ,and if your O’s dog you may become his meal!Gray matter failure?

  • darkcyder

    We are losing this battel in our schools every day. Read Hayek- it brings the picture into focus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Mitchell/100000126962566 Fred Mitchell

    we have an liberal press, that will always suck up to Obama.They are addicted to his BS.They know they can’t look their selves in the eye.A pitiful lot.They give half truth, to make Obama look good.They are the weasels of the press.

  • LukeJohn

    The bottom line is that Socialism does NOT raise everybody up to a comfortable level, it brings everybody DOWN to a level of basic survival with no upward path – everybody that is, except the leaders and their friends who always seem to do pretty well for themselves.

    • vicki

      “Socialism does NOT raise everybody up to a comfortable level, it brings
      everybody DOWN to a level of basic survival with no upward path”

      Which is exactly the point of the communist sound byte:

      “From each according to his ability. To each according to his need.”

      People don’t need much at all to survive.

      • LukeJohn

        Yes, and

        . “From each according to his ability. To each according to his need.”

        Soon becomes:

        “From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed”

  • reggiec

    James Madison warned us.
    “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
    Winston Churchill:”Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery…”

    I would ask you to recall what happens when a government insists on a certain policy and is unable to convince the public to accept that policy. Some kind of force will be applied to make the public accept what the government demands. In using that force what the government does is to subjugate those very aspects within a society that cause it to be successful. Socialism at its very core destroys creative energy. In order to promote Socialism successfully without a resort to the violent subjugation of the natural human desire to succeed and thrive; proponents of Socialism must minimize that natural desire and create a society that does not cherish individuality and independent thought. They have been working toward that goal for generations. The major weapon used to achieve that goal has been education. If the proponents of Socialism can influence our youth and convince them that their ideology is supreme in the absence of any opposing ideology; they have gone a long way in attaining their goal.

  • Brit Capitalist

    Alena Pavlik knows what she is talking about and we are at the 11th hour. If Americans do not vote out this Marxist Muslim on November 6th we will be living in AmeriKa and it will not be reversed in our lifetime. Here’s a copy of my blog written in July 2011:

    “I fled British socialism in the early 80’s to come to the land of opportunity. I had witnessed my mother country being slowly prepped over many years and what is happening now in the USA is like watching a re-run of an old movie; the same well-worn but effective Marxist manual marshalling the people by degrees; increasing union power and control and the forcing of the health care bill, which is not about healthcare, just government control of the people.
    However, thanks to God-given American genes it could be the first time in the history of the world that an attempted marxist/socialist coup will be rolled back (assuming the people wake up in time). I look forward to November. We can win this fight and if we do, it will be an historic victory. God Bless America!”

  • mfernandez57MN

    Half my family grew up in EAST (read: communist) Germany. They say the same things, they are just amazed at how much of everything is available here as compared to the stores there during the communist years. Now that Germany is one FREE nation again, they never want to go back even though sometimes it’s harder to get ahead financially in a Democratic country, they much prefer that over what the commies/socialists had to offer.

  • Docs357

    When these people want to give up to avoid conflict they will find out how bad it is when they’re crying themselves to sleep at night wishing they had the moral fortitude there parents and grandparents Had, used the values that were instilled into them and choose to ignore Backing anyone person or organization that dumps God publicly is spiritual death which comes before physical death and final judgement. Move to islamville. be truly ungodly with your pals in damnation..

  • Mort Leith

    There are so many IGNORANT young people (not just blacks who live on the gubmint welfare plantation, or illegal mexicans that love having all 7 of their kids paid for by whiteys taxes, while never having to make even the least attempt at learning ENGLISH !),

    that this satan-in-Chief will never have to worry about BUYING votes….

  • Andrea

    My late father was an immigrant from what is now Slovakia, and i had the opportunity to travel there a good deal during the communist era. It impressed me deeply. At the border, as I was entering, I was hassled and nearly arrested because I had a copy of Time Magazine, which contained photos of ordinary American life–”capitalist lies,” the border guards said. I noted that my well-educated relatives in Slovakia were frightened to take me to historic churches because they might be accused of having antirevolutionary, religious sympathies. Everything new in the country was shoddy, cheap, badly-made, inefficient, ugly; only what was old and traditional was beautiful. They also took me to see the site of a state-sponsored massacre of gypsies. When it was time to leave, my family members had to stop three miles from the border with Austria, because the communists didn’t want any of their citizens escaping from this workers’ paradise. Unfortunately, it has been so long since the fall of the Iron Curtain that many Americans don’t realize what a threat and a horror communism is. The system is so fundamentally antithetical to the normal operations of human psychology that it must necessarily become repressive and totalitarian, or people will break free of it. It is a profound evil.

    • Pete

      Andrea, you & Reggiec have said it so well. The truth is known thanks to you and those like you. Thank you. I wish it were not so, but I believe the American public at large has been so deeply indoctrinated over the past fifty years or so that the Marxist take-over is within days of being completed. Nov. 6th will mark either the death of America as a free and sovereign nation, or its rebirth.

  • Sid

    As someone who has been born and lived there for 28 years, I can positively identify the image as “Brno International Fairgrounds, Pavilion A (on the right) as seen from entrance gate, circa 1970″.
    Everything Alena Pavlik claims matches my own experience. May we let this not happen to this country.

  • $18780199

    “[E]verybody will get everything according to their needs.” You really need to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” to fully appreciate that phrase. Some one is ALWAYS in more need than you and you wind up with NOTHING. Don’t fall for socialism. Socialism is nothing more than a path to enslavement!

  • Pete

    The American public today is so divided by racial, religious, cultural, and political hatred, vastly exacerbated by our Marxist, Chicago political thug, Christ-hating, Jew-hating, racist hate-monger in chief – Obuma, it is no wonder we are sliding more and more into the cesspool of dictatorial sociaalism/communism every day. If we do not put aside these nonsensical factors which divide us, and return to being one nation under God, the America our parents and grandparents knew and loved will die. Get up. Get out and vote. Help others get out and vote. Get this Obumination out of office, get rid of his Chicago Mafia style thugs, and vote in an eligible, qualified President and a sensible, mature, intelligent Vice-President. Am I the only one who shudders at the thought Biden could become president??!! We need a President who is American by birth, who loves this nation, and who is proud to be an American. We need a President, with a Cabinet, who will not apologize for getting in the way of terrorist murderers, but will instantly condemn their attacks and take every necessary action to convince the pig farmer muslims to stop the attacks on American citizens and America’s sovereign soil.

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