Poverty, organized crime, and political instability. Oh wait, they're communists!
Wow are you serious? All three of those things you listed were nearly non-existent in the industrialized
Soviet Union. (Stalin may have been a terrible man, but terrible men can still do things right, as Stalin proved in many ways). Badly implemented capitalism was the sole cause of all those problems which rose simultaneously with the fall of communism.
Take a look at how well other former Soviet states are doing with capitalism. All the 'stan countries along with Georgia and Kazakhstan have poverty rates through the roof, many of which have never been farther from democracy or any sort of prosperity as individual nations. Oh, and Mongolia? No, they weren't part of the Soviet Union, but they did make the transition to capitalism at about the same time. Doesn't seem like such a good idea in hind sight eh?
Here, you can check it yourself.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... in_poverty
Lets think here...China! Oh wait, pollution, poverty, disease, the list keeps going.
yes, lets see here. China! A country that's in the process of industrializing (who didn't even have running warm water outside of community bathrooms in the 70s), is doing so at a faster pace than any other country in the world, and is still some how managing to feed the mouths of 1.3 billion people. (That's the equivalent of America x 4). They will soon have the worlds largest economy. Where do you
think China will be in terms of poverty, pollution and disease in 50-100 years when they're fully developed and leading the world on all fronts? Rome wasn't built in a day, as much as I hate the thought of China gaining anymore power on the world stage.
Poverty seems to be a recurring theme.
Poverty seems to be a recurring theme all over the world, regardless of economical system. All
of the most poverty stricken nations in the world are so called capitalist states.
Why is it that every argument against communism is either a one line bumper sticker/Simpsons quote with absolutely no substance, or something that looks copy/pasted straight out of a 1960s propaganda article in the New York Times?
For the record, I voted mixed-left.