tranarchy wrote

it's a counter-argument against the age-old propaganda spiel that life under "communism" was hell and that everyone welcomed capitalism with open arms. it's good to point out that economic liberalization actually made conditions worse for most people. beyond that, i don't think it does a good job arguing in favor of these regimes. improving conditions doesn't make a regime good or communistic. it's the bare minimum you have to do to keep people from rioting in the streets. if improved living conditions for some percentage of the people is the criteria by which we determine whether a government was "good", then we'd be calling the Nazis good.


tranarchy wrote

How many people, and is want to the key word here? We've already been at the point of some people wanting to overthrow the government since government was created. Governments are very resilient. My opinion is it doesn't matter how bad things get, that's no replacement for real organization. There's no point of "badness" at which a superb socialist structure is spontaneously spawned into existence. We shouldn't wait until it gets worse, we should start now and convince people it's already bad enough.