I spent a lot of time behind the Iron Curtain during the 70's. People today have no idea about the evil nature of the communist state. It is truly the manifestation of the worst inclinations of human nature-hell on earth, unless you were a Party elite or a celebrity. Sound familiar?
I highly recommend "The Socialist Phenomena" by Igor Shafaravetch for a mathematician's structural and historical analysis of Communism and Socialism. Scary stuff.