SOOOOOO obvious what’s happening in Greece and Spain. Until Soviet Communism collapsed Western rulers thought it prudent to operate big welfare states and soak-the-rich tax regimes to discourage Western workers from leaping into the arms of the Big Red Bear.
Now the USSR’s gone what’s the point? Let them eat cake! Let the rich stuff their pockets and serve the bill on the poor. Let the West enforce a slave labour system like China. It’s taken a generation for this political seismic shift to work through the system.
The same applies to Western civil liberties. When the USSR ran Gulags in Siberia and shot dissidents in the back of the neck at Lubyanka, NO WAY would Western governments bang up Western dissidents without trial.
They wanted strict, loudly proclaimed “Western Freedoms” with which to beat the Soviets in the propaganda war. Again, that’s no longer necessary now the Big Red Bear is dead. Hence control orders, secret trials, rendition, Guantanamo, British cops strutting about with guns in the name of “security” and the rest of the New Authoritarian box of tricks.
Funny how dependent the West was on the policies of the Soviet Communist Party. Funny how Western workers, when they enjoyed generous welfare provision and embedded civil rights, relied on the suffering of the Soviet peoples.