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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Jan 10, 2008 at 10:24

There is one recurring theme in all the "isms", whether they be Bolshevism, Fascism or Communism: that is, the crushing of the human spirit, the taking away of hope. "For the good of the party" or "the good of the people" is a familiar mantra repeated by those believers.

The reckless ambition of such proponents of evil ideologies possess the same passionate enthusiasm as radical religious suicide bombers. While living in Moscow we encountered this evil as suppression in many areas, disguised as conformity, mostly in the living conditions of the typical Russian. Not only the conditions, but the mentality of the people was depressing. Their very individuality had been stolen from them and in place was a truly brainwashed state of mental inertia.

Searching for a decent flat for our family to live in seemed impossible if one only looked at the blocks of ugly grey towers. Upon entering these horrid buildings, one encountered first a bullet-proof door, opened slowly by a frightened occupant who was used to the KGB barging in at any given time. The Russians were only allowed a certain small space to live, some few square meters, according to Stalin's laws. No real bathroom and definitely no bathtub, no bedrooms (only camp beds).

In the Winter months people used their balconies to keep frozen food. In contrast to this, the party officials lived in luxury in the dachas outside Moscow city limits, and the normal Russian citizen was not allowed to even use the roads approaching these villas. All that changed, and in 1992 many of these homes were rented by Western companies for their employees.

George Orwell's Animal Farm sums this up nicely: "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." History has shown that these "isms" and other cults, do not work in reality, and any religion or ideology that tries to force itself down the throat of humanity (and I include Vegetarianism and Organic-onlyism) will eventually find itself thrown on the pile of Tried and Failed.

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