The Soviets were absolutely terrified to move to a capitalistic system, as they had a guaranteed job, a guaranteed health care system, and a guaranteed pension. It really didn’t matter how poor the job was, how sorry the health care was, or even how rotten the pension. That’s why Socialist systems have to collapse under their own weight, as people will cling to a government provided peanut butter sandwich instead of working for a steak. Gradually, even the high and mighty Government runs out of peanut butter. I’ve seen that phenomenon time and time again. Apparently, some people fear both failure and success. Americans have always been unique in that respect, in that we are skeptical of government, and want minimal Government interference. Anyone who wants Government to run their life is not a true American. I fear that as our borders are flooded by immigrants who come here to reap economic reward rather than relief from Government oppression, the numbers of Socialists will eventually overpower freedom seeking Americans.
Government dependence, once it takes root, is a terrible thing. Even today, we see the destruction of LBJ’s Great Society affect on the black community. A system that herded them into ghettos, rewarded them for not working, rewarded them for having children out of wedlock, and permanent creating an entitlement mindset and Government dependence. Although they have been the objects of discrimination, that alone cannot explain or excuse the entire breakdown of the black family and its moral culture.