During the Cold War period, communism was up there along with fascism as one of the great evils in the world. With the fall of the Soviet Union and its threat to the Free World gone, communism as an evil social force seems to have lost its meaning to an increasing number of people even though it is still actively at work eroding the freedom in America. This social paradox can only be understood functionally. It is the result of people’s increasingly living on the social surface and losing touch with their core biological needs. As a result, they are unable to take full advantage of the freedom that life in America still provides. They do not fully appreciate the blessings of freedom because they literally cannot tolerate the enormous amount of freedom that they actually have. Signs of this intolerance of freedom are seen everywhere from the mindless carrying on of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, to the increased dependency of all segments of society on the Federal Government for assistance, to the rise in criminality in the business world requiring government control of the economy, to the widespread rise by the public in seeking substitute satisfactions in life such as drugs, passive entertainment and so on.
Because of these signs of social degradation, the evils of communism do not seem as serious to a people for whom freedom is not the precious treasure it becomes as soon as it is taken away.
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