It looks like not everyone observing America’s presidential election thinks that “Feeling the Bern” is a great idea. Especially people who have lived under socialism and communism, such as chess grand master Garry Kasparov.
Here are some of his remarks as reported by Front Page Magazine:
“I’m enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism and what it really means! Socialism sounds great in speech soundbites and on Facebook, but please keep it there. In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism possible and brought billions of people out of poverty. Talking about Socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism.”
The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan also took a look and saw that Soviet immigrants aren’t that into Sanders or socialism.
“Janna Sundeyeva still remembers life in the Soviet Union, where stores in remote regions would lack meat for months at a time and toilet paper had to be snatched up quickly on the rare occasions it appeared.
“‘I don’t like big government,‘ she said. She made two circles with her thumbs and forefingers and pressed them against each other so they touched, like binoculars. This Venn diagram represents the interest of people and government. ‘They don’t have very much in common.’
“To Sundeyeva, left-wingers seem to yearn for a workers’ revolution. ‘I would ask them: Have you ever lived under a revolution? Do you know what it’s like? When someone comes and takes your family member in the night?'”
While we don’t blame millenial Bernie supporters for hating Hillary Clinton, we do question their judgement believing in the “virtues” of socialism.
Do you think liberals who support Sanders understand the socialist values he promotes, and what they would really mean for their political and economic freedoms?
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