To my fellow “right wing extremists”: when someone of a liberal persuasion, or from some semi-socialist Western European country, or someone like that, asks you in studied perplexity why we hate the very idea of anything that so much as gives off a whiff of socialism, tell them it’s because we don’t want things like this to happen here:
“Communism changed our mentality,” said Daniel Apostol, editor in chief of Romania’s Money Channel. “We are still fighting now to come back to what we were. We lost the culture of private property. We lost this sense of privacy and respecting each other’s time and respecting people as individuals, as human beings. That was the worst thing that happened to us. This is why we are struggling so much now to get back to the capitalist society, to the free market, which can run only if there is respect for private property.”
“At the macro level,” she said, “it was known that in Romania people were killed, but there are personal stories which were completely unknown. When we move to the micro level, the human level, we help the families find the bodies and learn what happened to each person.”
“What was the main thing that could get a person killed during the communist era?” I said.
“Most of them were killed because they opposed the collectivization process,” she said.
Remember, none of the former communist countries thought things would go so bad. We’re no more human than the Romanians; it can happen here.