We are in the run up to the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, although the leftist Press will likely ignore this as much as they can. As you hear or read these commemorations, keep in mind just why the German Democratic Republic felt the need to imprison its entire population:
Via Reason, Brad DeLong has a damning chart up:Socialism reduces living standards by 85% or more, via empirical measurement. Click through to the post (and follow through to DeLong's) to get the non-economic, soul-crushing totality of the horror.
Material Well-Being in 1991: Matched Countries on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
Prediction: any MSM notice of this anniversary will be larded with "at least they had good healthcare" nonsense, while entirely ignoring the economic and psychic disaster that was 50 years of the totalitarian boot grinding the faces of the population.
Socialism is the gradual and less violent form of communism, and socialist is the project of the European Union, which was born in Maastricht in 1992. The intent was to save socialism in Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the predictable bankruptcy of the welfare state in the West as well.