Socialism: What Has Gone Wrong?

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Post by Arising_uk » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:33 pm

henry quirk wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:38 pm
"the USSR used to match the USA in the Olympics and Cuba did pretty well in the boxing arena?"

When you've been directed by the politburo to perform well and you're given the good shit denied to the average citizen, then you probably perform well.
No different from the States then.
Also, havin' the KGB visit your family and rough folks up if you don't perform well is probably decent motivation too.

One can always squeeze out on more deadlift, one more session in the ring, when your Ma has a 9mm pressed to her temple.
Too comic book HQ as many of those athletes were proud Soviet members.

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Post by henry quirk » Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:45 pm

"No different from the States then."

How so?

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"many of those athletes were proud Soviet members."

In public, I'm sure that was the case, but, behind closed doors?

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Post by Arising_uk » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:27 pm

henry quirk wrote:"No different from the States then."

How so?
You get the good shit, like higher education, that is denied to the average citizen.
In public, I'm sure that was the case, but, behind closed doors?
Given they were given an opportunity that presumably wasn't open to them before I'd say yes.

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Post by henry quirk » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:26 pm

"You get the good shit, like higher education, that is denied to the average citizen."

Me, being an average citizen, had/have access to the same educational opportunities as any one...and, like anyone, I have to pay for it.

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"Given they were given an opportunity that presumably wasn't open to them before I'd say yes."

So, what you're sayin' is these athletes traded in freedom for privilege.

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