Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 28
Like Tree3Likes

Thread: Communism

  1. #1
    Почтенный гражданин xXHoax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    318
    Rep Power
    20

    Communism

    What do real Russians actually think about communism, and the U.S.S.R's performance/quality of life?
    What do you say to: "Communism can never work, because humans do not naturally think altruistically, they think for themselves."

  2. #2
    Увлечённый спикер
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    45
    Rep Power
    5
    That is a very good question. It is one that I have wondered about a lot.

    There are very few Russians in my country, and I have never met one in real life (although I did see a Russian family from afar - I was told later that they were Russians).

    Long, detailed, answers to this question would be great!

  3. #3
    Почтенный гражданин 14Russian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Not where you live.
    Posts
    400
    Rep Power
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by samsonndeli2 View Post
    Russia's abandoned spies in US and Canada are still nostalgic of the old Soviet Union basing on my interviews with some of them. (I do not blow their lids off nor report them to law enforcement agencies unless 'prompted by the all-omniscient intelligence agencies'). They still live that dream. I believe it is workable. Post-era Russian economy is not the same as those of Third World countries. It is much industrialized. A shift to Gorbachev's market socialism would make it more workable than the command economy. My 1 cent opinion and is not intended to be rude to anyone.
    Were you just on a trip to outer space? The Russian economy is floundering and the neo-Soviet tools put all their eggs in one basket - mostly everything into oil. I chat with lots of Russians and met several on here and vk. There's a lot of Russians who are desperate to leave. Of course, you have brainwashed citizens who worship at the ground of whatever the leadership does.

    But, much of it collapsed and it is about to again. I'm not saying the West is better and what people tend to do is think that any critic is automatically saying 'the West' or capitalism (American definition of) is better which is another false assumption. Many Westerners who perceive such positive attributes about post-modern Russia are just ignorant and spend too much time watching RT. 'It is much industrialized.' LOL! Where?!?

  4. #4
    Почтенный гражданин xXHoax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    318
    Rep Power
    20
    Well, I've seen a few Russians saying they'd like the old Soviet Union to come back, because "it was better that way". It's like they don't know that communism...Doesn't...Work... And capitalism in the grand scheme of things is way more equal and fair.

  5. #5
    Почтенный гражданин xXHoax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    318
    Rep Power
    20
    I live where like 30% of the people my age are (somewhat unknown) Russian. Sadly, about half are just being raised as Americans, not knowing about the Soviet Union or Russia, not speaking Russian, even valuing what Americans value.

  6. #6
    Почтенный гражданин 14Russian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Not where you live.
    Posts
    400
    Rep Power
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    Well, I've seen a few Russians saying they'd like the old Soviet Union to come back, because "it was better that way". It's like they don't know that communism...Doesn't...Work... And capitalism in the grand scheme of things is way more equal and fair.
    What's the age of those Russians?

    The other ironic thing I find is that so many Russians worship Western stuff. Even moreso than many Westerners. They think everything in the West is better or a paradise. Yet, these citizens and pro-communist /pro-neo-Soviet/pro-Putin etc. citizens never seem to speak to each other. Do they ever have a conversation with each other? LOL! It doesn't seem like it. Check out vk to get a sense of this pro-West worship. Yet, these neo-Soviet comrades spend all their time saying that Westerners 'don't know anything' or whatever their complaint is. Maybe, look in your own backyard, comrades.

  7. #7
    Почтенный гражданин xXHoax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    318
    Rep Power
    20
    Teenage Highschooler age. When I'm on vk, I don't know if I'm just looking in the wrong place, but I only see anti-American propaganda. РусскийНеправ&#108.jpg

  8. #8
    Завсегдатай maxmixiv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Omsk, Russia
    Posts
    1,541
    Rep Power
    25
    Communism is a vague idea, and had nothing to do with USSR except the first word in the name of our (sole) party (and members of that party were called communists).
    So I don't think about communism - difficult to think about such mysterious thing.
    The only thing I was told about communism - it is a distant but splendid future for entire planet, something like another religion without any rituals (communism will come by itself some day, so why bother? Passive faith, so to speak)
    "Невозможно передать смысл иностранной фразы, не разрушив при этом её первоначальную структуру."

  9. #9
    Почтенный гражданин xXHoax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    318
    Rep Power
    20
    I see what you mean. What about a person not working as hard as another, because it won't benefit him any more? Isn't it unfair that a person working way less than me would get just as much?

  10. #10
    Почтенный гражданин UhOhXplode's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Oklahoma, USA
    Posts
    336
    Rep Power
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by 14Russian View Post
    Were you just on a trip to outer space? The Russian economy is floundering and the neo-Soviet tools put all their eggs in one basket - mostly everything into oil. I chat with lots of Russians and met several on here and vk. There's a lot of Russians who are desperate to leave. Of course, you have brainwashed citizens who worship at the ground of whatever the leadership does.

    But, much of it collapsed and it is about to again. I'm not saying the West is better and what people tend to do is think that any critic is automatically saying 'the West' or capitalism (American definition of) is better which is another false assumption. Many Westerners who perceive such positive attributes about post-modern Russia are just ignorant and spend too much time watching RT. 'It is much industrialized.' LOL! Where?!?
    Russian economy floundering? No. The West has attempted to destroy it. The Russian GDP more than doubled since the end of the 1990's under Putin and Medvedev. Злорадство?
    The Russian economy consists of gas, oil, auto manufacturing, mining, diamond mining, telecommunications equipment, aerospace manufacturing, paper, lumber, agriculture, robotics, ship building, fishing, defense weapon systems, banking, etc etc.

    Russia has more academic graduates than any other country in Europe. (And world leader in percentage of population with associate degree or higher: 54%, compared to 31% in UK).
    Economy of Russia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Like it or no, Russia is - and will continue to be - a vital player in the global economy and a very important asset on the world stage.

    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    Teenage Highschooler age. When I'm on vk, I don't know if I'm just looking in the wrong place, but I only see anti-American propaganda. РусскийНеправ&#108.jpg
    LOL! Especially "9. будить медведей, чтобы их сфотографировать.". Poor bears, lol! I think that list is more for lulz than propaganda.

    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    I see what you mean. What about a person not working as hard as another, because it won't benefit him any more? Isn't it unfair that a person working way less than me would get just as much?
    1. Capitalist mentality - Live and let die.
    2. Communist/socialist mentality - Live and let live.

    That's an extreme comparison but it's basically solid.
    Anyway, I don't really believe that Союз Советских Социалистических Республик was a communist State. Soviet basically only means "council" and Socialist totally does mean "Socialist". The USSR was an escape from cruel treatment and hyper taxation. It transferred ownership from greedy oligarchs to the common people. Well imo, what's fair = when all working people are treated with equal respect and equal rewards.
    Is it the fault of the mentally challenged that they can't achieve the skills to build industries or manage the banks? And if they work hard then should they be penalized for being disabled? I don't think so. So am I a "commie"? No. It's only that I equally respect all people who contribute to the socio-economic world that we live in.

    Doctors Without Borders? How abuot People Without Borders (borders like classes based on skill levels or sheer luck).
    But yeah, I do think it's very interesting to learn more about the USSR and to learn about it from people who lived there. I don't really know what form of government to call it but it did exist and it was responsible for Russia becoming a major player on the world stage.
    leslie53 likes this.
    Лучше смерть, чем бесчестие! Тем временем: Вечно молодой, Вечно пьяный. - Смысловые Галлюцинации, Чартова дюжина 2015!
    Пожалуйста, исправьте мои ошибки. Спасибо.

  11. #11
    Старший оракул
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Ukraine
    Posts
    837
    Rep Power
    10
    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    I see what you mean. What about a person not working as hard as another, because it won't benefit him any more? Isn't it unfair that a person working way less than me would get just as much?
    You don't understand.
    Work is supposed to bring joy and happiness to you. If somebody works less than you, it's his loss.
    Clever, isn't it?

  12. #12
    Почтенный гражданин 14Russian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Not where you live.
    Posts
    400
    Rep Power
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by maxmixiv View Post
    Communism is a vague idea, and had nothing to do with USSR except the first word in the name of our (sole) party (and members of that party were called communists).
    So I don't think about communism - difficult to think about such mysterious thing.
    The only thing I was told about communism - it is a distant but splendid future for entire planet, something like another religion without any rituals (communism will come by itself some day, so why bother? Passive faith, so to speak)
    Of course. You're conditioned to believe in fairy tales.

  13. #13
    Почтенный гражданин xXHoax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Washington State
    Posts
    318
    Rep Power
    20
    I know some who would say:
    -What about the millions that died under the U.S.S.R?
    -Humans naturally work in self interest, only massive amounts of propaganda can attempt to change that.
    -A person working harder should get more reward based on his work, he is working harder, and contributing to society more.

    I presented the idea that although the Soviet Union may not have been great, it did (and I quote from a russian) "bring us from third world country to nuclear superpower in 30 years.". The response was... Sort of that that (<-- ENGLISH WHY) wasn't true.

  14. #14
    Почтенный гражданин 14Russian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Not where you live.
    Posts
    400
    Rep Power
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    I know some who would say:
    -What about the millions that died under the U.S.S.R?
    -Humans naturally work in self interest, only massive amounts of propaganda can attempt to change that.
    -A person working harder should get more reward based on his work, he is working harder, and contributing to society more.

    I presented the idea that although the Soviet Union may not have been great, it did (and I quote from a russian) "bring us from third world country to nuclear superpower in 30 years.". The response was... Sort of that that (<-- ENGLISH WHY) wasn't true.
    And now they're going back to near-third world status from neo-Soviet/commie ideas and policies. What goes around, comes around.

  15. #15
    Почётный участник eisenherz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Namibia
    Posts
    117
    Rep Power
    8
    Quote Originally Posted by UhOhXplode View Post

    ..It transferred ownership from greedy oligarchs to the common people. Well imo, what's fair..
    ...
    you forgot to mention it also stole (transformed) ownership of millions of people who were not oligarchs. even 'common' people with only little farmlandownership etc lost all their belongings and in the process many families were cruelly destroyed.
    leslie53 likes this.
    please always correct my (often poor) russian

  16. #16
    Почтенный гражданин
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Posts
    710
    Rep Power
    26
    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    What do real Russians actually think about communism, and the U.S.S.R's performance/quality of life?
    What do you say to: "Communism can never work, because humans do not naturally think altruistically, they think for themselves."
    Communism can never work, because it is physically impossible.

  17. #17
    Завсегдатай Antonio1986's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Пафос - Кипр
    Posts
    1,719
    Rep Power
    9
    Quote Originally Posted by xXHoax View Post
    What do real Russians actually think about communism, and the U.S.S.R's performance/quality of life?
    What do you say to: "Communism can never work, because humans do not naturally think altruistically, they think for themselves."
    I speak with russians every day and these are the conclusions I ended up:

    - Do you liked communism?:
    1. Poor Russians feel nostalgic for communism for obvious reasons ...
    2. Rich Russians hate communism for obvious reasons ... expect if they feel threaten by Mr. Putin.
    3. The middle class is still confused ... but after the sanctions communism gains some of its old glory.

    - Why communism is not so popular in our days?
    Disappointed ex-communist politicians and supporters advanced a lighter version of communism called democratic socialism or social democrary (based on the contemporary political terminology). This new socialism has moderated all the problems associated with the extremist aspects of communism (e.g.common ownership, elimination of private initiative) by:
    (a) suggesting a fair system of redistribution of capitals within the economy through a progressive system of taxation
    (b) creating a social net for the poorest (e.g. subsidies, unemployment benefits etc).
    (c) condemning monopolies through a strict regulation system
    (d) creating a set of rules protecting the rights of workers.
    Moderate supporters of communism in the low and middle social classes decided to abandon it by founding a shelter on this more "civilized" and "convenient" ideology called Socialism.

    - Why USSR failed:
    1. What Russians say:
    (a) Unfair economy war from Western World.
    (b) Conspiracy (which is usually accompanied by the expression: that a..hole Gorpatsov betrayed us for a buck a dollars!)
    2. What westerns say:
    (a) Soviets were producing nuclear weapons and sending men to space but on the shelters of their supermarkets they had only 20% of the goods the Europeans had in their supermarkets.
    (b) They were bullying all Eastern Europe nations ... what you expected?
    3. What the economists say:
    (a) Planned Economy has simply failed because was not able to meet the needs of simple people.

    If I am wrong on anything please correct me. Simple language please.
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

  18. #18
    Завсегдатай maxmixiv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Omsk, Russia
    Posts
    1,541
    Rep Power
    25
    Just in case: people in USSR were not equally payed. Peasants had minimal salaries, I think, whilst miners, for example, had huge salaries (in relation to the average). Renowned singers, scientists made much more money than "ordinary" ones. Some people took one-off tasks, which were well paid (at the time I was in kindergarten, the father of my girlfriend painted a local TV tower, and in several days got as much as my parents would earn for half-year). So strong, enterprising men definitely were richer. There were a lot of skews in those payment schemes, of course.

    Some were stealing goods from the very place where they worked. For example, peasants were stealing fodder, etc.

    Antonio, I heard only one explanation of such sudden demise of USSR: real chiefs of the state (not Gorbachyov) decided that it's no more amusing to play modest men with lofty ideals, and it's time to try something new.
    "Невозможно передать смысл иностранной фразы, не разрушив при этом её первоначальную структуру."

  19. #19
    Властелин
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    1,156
    Rep Power
    11
    Quote Originally Posted by maxmixiv View Post
    ... at the time I was in kindergarten, the father of my girlfriend ...
    Are you sure you meant to say here what you actually said? =))

  20. #20
    Завсегдатай maxmixiv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Omsk, Russia
    Posts
    1,541
    Rep Power
    25
    What I meant to say: подружка
    Sorry if it had confused someone.
    "Невозможно передать смысл иностранной фразы, не разрушив при этом её первоначальную структуру."

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 151
    Last Post: March 3rd, 2012, 07:43 AM
  2. Communism Vs Democracy
    By Lynx in forum Politics
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: September 5th, 2005, 05:46 PM
  3. Change from Communism to ?????
    By ronnoc37 in forum Politics
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: August 31st, 2004, 03:54 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Russian Lessons                           

Russian Tests and Quizzes            

Russian Vocabulary