The Damage Wrought by Communism

4.3.2017 kl. 15:29 - Sveinbjörn Þórðarson

The main damage done to the Eastern Bloc countries by communism was cultural and psychological rather than economic. Even if central planning had brought prosperity, communist authoritarianism destroyed the public sphere and created apathetic, cynical, inward-looking citizens. And no polity can stay on the right path for long without vigilant oversight by a watchful, suspicious, invested public.