What Communism Will Do to You


Communism collapsed in Europe in the 1980's and the economies of some countries moved towards a free-market capitalism.  A Times interview showed that the “overwhelming majorities said that a secure job was far more important to them now than the freedom to travel or the richness of consumer choice.” The necessity of looking for work in a market economy, and the real prospect of unemployment, have even bred nostalgia for the days of socialist rule. (1)

"I never thought there’d be such unemployment. All the years before 1989 were great. We didn’t have to worry about a job."

- Jan Rusin, unemployed Polish coal miner

1. David Kelley, The Entrepreneurial Life. December 1994