This definition is right and is fully accurate, but it only
demonstrates the theory of communism and doesn^t explain
how it really worked. It doesn^t say that the theory never
worked out, because it is impossible to make it work. I am
going to tell some things about communism in USSR where my
parents lived all their lives, but when I was born it was
already dying out. So, mostly everything that I am going to
tell is based on what my parents and grandparents told me
about life in USSR. Communism suggests that everybody is
equal in rights and economically. That meant that everybody
would be paid the same for all kinds of jobs, so the
janitor and doctor or lawyer would be paid the same amount
of money for totally different jobs. That is obviously
unfair and impossible.
Since everybody was supposed to be equal, no one in the
government could have too much power, and that is why they
made took people who were elected from each area and these
were supposed to be the government. They were supposed to
make the decisions, elect all the other government
officials and all the other very important things. That
made the ordinary man think that the government is
controlled by people just like him, with only high school
education (some even without it), poor, being in politics
for the first time in their lives. That is impossible. Such
people can run no government. The most annoying thing is
that almost no one noticed that, and if someone did, they
were immediately terminated without any questions. There
was a small group of people who controlled everything in
the country. It was mostly the KGB and the General
Secretary. Just look at the name they picked, it suggests
that he not the most powerful man in the country; he is
just a small general secretary. That^s all he is. How
obviously stupid all this seems now. But at that time it
was almost a religion, if one did not believe in it with
all his/her heart he/she were terminated or sent to
concentration camp where they either died or lived there
for many years until all their doubts were beaten out of
Jewish people were some of the people to who the government
was the most unfair. They couldn^t get a good education,
good job, anything good or well paid. There were only two
ways: the army (or navy) or some pitiful civilian job, like
a janitor, or some other dirty job with a salary, with
which you can barely buy something to eat. These are some
of the many experiences that my parents and grandparents
lived through during their lives in the USSR. My
experiences in that country are not that big. By the time I
began to understand something about life and what was going
on around me, Gorbachev came to power and he was the first
man to try to change these stupid communist rules. He
opened up the country, he let in the other currencies, and
started the well-known Perestroika. The main part of
Perestroika was Glasnost, which means permitting open
discussion of political and social issues and freer
dissemination of news and information. That meant that
people could finally openly talk about the government, and
say what they like and don^t like about it. Gorbachev also
let people have private property, so people started their
own businesses. That gave a real chance to poor people and
also Jews. Perestroika was the first step to democracy.
Communism was falling very fast. Everyone liked this new
kind of life. This is what I have learned myself. My last
experience with communism is watching the Russian news
right now, and seeing those communist party meetings on the
streets, and seeing that there are no young people in
there. All the people who bring red flags and pictures of
Lenin and Stalin with them are mostly people well over
And I understand them. For them life before Perestroika was
very good, they had their old easy jobs, good pay, good
apartments, cheap food, nothing to worry about. Perestroika
brought them problems, like constant problems with
retirement pay, very expensive food, for which they had no
money, most of them lived and live in poverty. And for the
young people, the new life brought many chances, they could
now show what they can, prove their abilities, have their
own property. They could now just buy themselves an
apartment, when in communist times most of the people had
to live in their parents^ or grandparents^ apartments. One
couldn^t just go and buy an apartment. One had to sign up
and wait in line for many, many years and only their
children could finally get a small apartment, which would
also be considered being very lucky. For some people
communism was good, but for most of them it was a disaster.
No man is created equal, and no one can make all the people
equal. It is obvious that the communist theory is
impossible to be true in real life. It could have never
Communism was started by poor people, who never worked and
didn^t life working. Their goal was to take away all the
money from the rich people who worked their butts off all
their lives, and divide it equally between all the people.
Sounds fair, doesn^t it? That is how the revolution of 1917
started and how communism was brought to life. That is how
the nightmare began.

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