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this was a response on Facebook to UK socialist for Bernie

Zoia Leah Vass
Zoia Leah Vass Again, no country ever on this planet was communist. That would have meant to have had so many resources as to be able to reward people according to their needs. Utopia. The regimes you call “communist” were socialist, according to the marxist definition. Here’s a secret: the authoritarian thinghy is not a bug, but a feature. It’s never in the brochure when it’s sold to the masses, but the “dictatorship of the proletariat” ALWAYS became a terror regime of a few self-selected bureaucrats over everyone else. ALWAYS. At what point do you stop a social experiment that fails over and over and always in the same way? How many times can you get away with “they were all idiots, we’re going to do it right?” It can’t be done right – democracy and socialism are non-compatible. How many people have to die, flee their homes, be purged, rendered miserable for people like you to stop thinking “I can make it much better? Sure the Scandinavian model has many merits and I see room for improvement in the US re: economic justice. A larger public sector, supervision of the private are a few things I see helping. But socialism is a fundamentally failed idea and it’s time to stop trying. Oh, and I don’t see the upside of the Castro regime for ANYONE because, unlike you, I didn’t just read about it, I lived it (or something very similar).

Not Your Sweetie

March 2016