With so much media bias against communism, especially emanating from Fox News and various internet fake news sources, it’s hard to get an idea of what it was really like living under the supposedly ghastly regimes of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. So in order to dispel many of the myths and misconceptions about communism, the Accredited Times sent a couple of its journalist to interview people who actually lived under these regimes. We asked each of these people to briefly describe what life was like under communism, and what they said may shock and surprise you.
Alexei Ivanov, Soviet Union
Things were simple back then. I remember getting up early every morning and walking to school in the snow, with shoes that were falling apart and a torn up coat, with the wind howling. Some days I’d even walk barefoot. We had so little that we appreciated what we had – and we worked so hard that we felt proud and content when the day was done. Growing up under Stalin did me a lot of good – it made me strong, humble, and gave me an appreciation of the important things in life, like family, country and civic duty. Young people today could learn a lot from living under communism.
Zhang Wei Liu, Maoist China
Things were very different back then. We didn’t have so many luxuries, and we couldn’t just say whatever we wanted – you had to be careful and have respect for your country and your leaders. Mao was a strong leader – he made Chinese people feel proud, and he gave us jobs and a good life. Today, children have no discipline, they have too much freedom, too many choices. In my day, we did whatever we were told, and we didn’t ask questions. Those were the best days.
Hans Fischer, East Germany
Everything was organized and efficient back then, and we had a strong collective desire to make society a better place. We were working towards a common goal, and you could feel the unity among the German people. I would get up every day, ready to do my part, and I had no goals or aspirations of my own – we lived lives of dedication and loyalty to country, and in my opinion it was much more fulfilling than living in today’s materialistic, capitalist society.
Srey Keo, Pol Pot’s Cambodia
We were peasants, and we lived in fear every day, but we were also happy. We had jobs, we had food, we had vacations. Nobody was looking for work – we had everything that we needed. My husband worked hard and always brought home what we needed to survive. It was different, but good.
Listening to these heart warming stories about what life was life was really like under these regimes, makes you question the narratives we often hear about the supposed brutality and inhumanity of communism. Right wing websites can quote sensational statistics all day long about brutality, starvation, human rights and living standards, but these actual anecdotes from people who actually lived under these regimes tell a completely different story. It’s time for us to start undoing much of the negativity surrounding this perfectly sound ideology, and start exploring how we could better implement it in the future, because clearly our biased right wing gatekeepers of the facts and figures about communism, are not giving us the full picture.