he goal of socialism is communism. That is a direct quote from Vladimir Lenin, the founding member of the Bolshevik Party. It is a reminder that Marxism is a parasite that ravages a country, and once it has completed the destruction it will move forward. That is nearly what happened in Poland in the 1960s under the socialist regime, and what this article serves as is a first-hand account.

I have had the privilege of growing up in a household that pushed conservative beliefs onto me. Because of it I am conditioned, unlike the majority of college students who continue to believe in a fictitious lie such as “good socialism.”

When I interviewed this close relative, whose name I will not disclose for privacy reasons, it troubled me to think about what I am taught by my professors each day. On the contrary of what I heard in the interview, my courses speculate that Marxism is good and socialist principles strengthen a nation. That could not be further from the truth.

But as The Political Dropout, with a social media platform and presence, I consider it my mission to educate the naive and bring light into this topic in which so many have been brainwashed: the dangers of socialism. 

What this article entails is a first-hand account of what life was like under socialist Poland in the 1960s… the bloody protests, the rationing of food and education, and the restrictions of freedom that no human should ever become accustomed to. Please use this as a reminder that socialism is not good, and allow it to serve as history into a generation that begins to forget it. 

*translated from Polish to English, the term "dziadek" will be used to label the family relative

14 Questions With a Survivor of Socialism

Marcel: How old were you when Poland was a socialist nation, and in what year did socialism break out in Poland?

Dziadek: Socialism started in Poland after the war ended in 45’. I was born in 49’, I was already born into socialism.

Marcel: How did socialism begin in Poland and how did it end?

Dziadek: It started brutally because Poland started an uprising against Russia after Russia had forcefully adjoined Poland to itself. Polish citizens armed themselves with underground resistance movements. It was bloody, socialism was brought into Poland with bloodshed. After Stalin, the PZPR of Poland came to Gomolka. There were executions, torture, and incarcerations.

Marcel: Why did they incarcerate these people?

Dziadek: The Polish resistance did not agree with what Moscow and their soldiers were bringing into Poland. They did not agree because they were a free country prior to the war. They figured that after the war, they would be free. But instead, Russia entered. The socialist outbreak started in a bloody manner. 

Marcel: Are there similarities with what began in Poland during socialism with what is happening today in America? The mask mandates… a big, central government?

Dziadek: I see no comparison with Poland and America in a socialist manner. Absolutely not. The mask mandates are a part of a pandemic response, the COVID-19 pandemic. In my opinion, it is not adequate to what socialism and communism is. It is for the betterment of the health of people, these masks.

Marcel: What is the difference between the socialism that took place in Poland and Marxism in Russia, China, and countries alike?

Dziadek: China is continuously a communist state, they have not taken any steps towards freedom. All they have done is free the market. The market is not adjacent to communism. They continue to centralize the government, but they utilize the process of private firms and private corporations. And that’s why China is doing so well. But their communist doctrine is the same as it has always been. It’s a scary regime.

Marcel: When you were younger, while you lived under socialism, what was one of the scariest moments you can remember?

Dziadek: Definitely the year 1970: the protests on the coast of Gdansk. In a city, where a few of my friends died, we were protesting. In a socialist country, protests are not allowed. It supposedly was the Boys Labor Organization, that’s what it was called. It was just a facade that it was the workers and boys, because after the protests in 1970 in Gdansk, the Polish forces arrived with artillery and shot and killed three of my good friends by the gate on the coast in Gdansk. We went to fight for bread, the wages were low, the cost of living was significantly raised in 1970. Many people were deported, incarcerated. More than 40 people at the protest were shot and killed.

Marcel: Would you say that in a socialist country there is a lack of food?

Dziadek: It is a communist country. I wouldn’t say that we were starving, it’s just that there was no money to support yourself nor your family. And they raised the prices in the 1970s, December 14, for the cost of life and because of that there were protests. We, as Polish people, did not know how to protest. You need to know how to protest. There needs to be a committee, there needs to be no provocation. We didn’t know how. 

Marcel: When you lived in Poland under socialism, what rights were taken away? You couldn’t strike, you couldn’t speak out against socialism…

Dziadek: Absolutely, you were not allowed to speak against the government because you would be incarcerated, executed… two of my friends were killed at the hands of police. How many more that I didn’t know about? This was unlawful, because if we did speak out we could be arrested and tortured.

Marcel: Currently, 40% of Americans look favorably upon socialism. People believe that under socialism life is more fair and that everyone is given an equal chance. They believe that everything will be good and happy, that all people will be on the same level. What do you think about this?

Dziadek: Good, I am glad they think that way. Because I’d like to invite you to Moscow and Belarus because maybe then you will change your mind. Because I do not have an answer to these people. They unknowingly speak about socialism and have no idea what they are asking for.

Marcel: But, in America, there can’t be socialism because the United States is so great. These socialist leaders say they will do socialism the right way. It won’t be as bad as it was in Russia or Poland.

Dziadek: In my opinion, the Democratic Party in America is practically socialist. It is very social. Because what does the Republican Party do, they regulate money and they work and when you work you finance yourself as well as the government. But Democrats, the welfare and entitlement programs, all of these social programs, they just give them out. They give them out for free. You have to work for this country, instead. I worked in America for more than 30 years and this year it is my first time ever collecting unemployment benefits. Just look at how many people are on these welfare programs. They don’t work and just collect money from the government. What else do they want, it already is socialist. It is somewhat smarter than the communist practices in other countries, because the rights of the people are not yet restricted. European socialism, as I would call communism, it took away your freedoms and that was horrible, absolutely incomparable. 

Marcel: Can it ever occur in America, the same socialist practices that took place in Poland? Do you think that, as you mentioned with the Democratic Party, can socialism be implemented in a more influential fashion?

Dziadek: It already is implemented. There are already percentages of socialist principles. Socialism, it’s taken from the world socially, you don’t work at all and they continue to give you more. Where do they get it from? Someone has to work for it. But in a different manner, an American manner. Russian communism and Lenin-socialism, it included terror and restricted travel. I couldn’t leave Poland, you can go wherever you would like. Wherever and whenever. I was not allowed to have a passport. They filtered through my background, I couldn’t even travel to Russia. I had to obtain a passport. But in America, it doesn’t matter if the Democrats are in power or if the Republicans are in power… you don’t have these restrictions. So these people that want socialism, they already have it. They should be happy with they already have.

Marcel: Do you think it could get worse with time?

Dziadek: It depends which direction the Americans go. If they go in the direction of oppression, then they will get in America what Poland had. But I don’t think Americans will turn this path. At least I don’t believe people to be this stupid. 

Marcel: Aside from the restrictions of freedom of speech, what else does a socialist country not have that a free country like America has? 

Dziadek: Restriction of travel. You are living behind a curtain. You live in your country, but if you’d like to travel, a police officer decides what is best for you. Not you for yourself. The difference? You can go to school anywhere you’d like. In Poland, you were segregated in where you could or could not study. You had to be male, of succession, there was a point system, and a corrupt payoff. There is not a problem like this in America. 

Marcel: As a final point, what could you tell people who want socialism in America?

Dziadek: Listen to what I just said, if you don’t believe in what I said then please travel to South America, go to Belarus, or go to Russia. Not to Moscow, but somewhere many miles from there. That is what I tell those who cherish socialism. Go ahead, you will be fooled. And don’t make a mistake.

Dec 11, 2020

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