Why Soviet Refugees Aren’t Buying Sanders’s Socialism

SAN FRANCISCO—Janna Sundeyeva still remembers life in the Soviet Union, where stores in remote regions would lack meat for months at a time and toilet paper had to be snatched up quickly on the rare occasions it appeared.

But the minor indignities paled in comparison to what happened to her grandfather: He had the chance to come to America in 1929, but he opted to stay, sensing an economic thaw. Seven years later, Sundeyeva says, he was arrested and never heard from again.

  • The allure of socialist Utopia is beyond reason.

    Bernie and his followers have sh&t for brains.

    Sorry for being so straightforward.

    • Alain

      The thought that you can get everything free using someone else’s money is the allure.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The header on the article belies The Atlantic’s own view – eg. this is considered ‘ultraconservative’ If you’re not a dead Soviet communist you’re a right wing fanatic, to The Atlantic.

  • This is why leftists should be air-lifted to North Korea. They don’t understand what former Soviet defectors do.

    • They do need that lesson. Why did they ot emigrate en mass to to Cuba or wherever all these years?

    • V10_Rob

      I’d like to see a massive student exchange program with places like North Korea. By all means, cover it entirely with tax dollars. The inoculating effect would be worth every penny.

      • You would have North Koreans who would work hard and leftists eating gruel.

      • felis gracilis

        I’m for that. Two hard working Norks in exchange for Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein has gotta be a good deal. We could throw Libby Davies in as a sweetener.

  • Parts of the Atlantic article are seriously misleading. It wasn’t just “stores in remote regions” that lacked basic necessities, but stores everywhere including major urban centres such as Moscow. Everything in communist regimes is rationed, and every citizen has a ration card. Of course there were special Government-run stores for tourists stocked to the hilt with Western products, but Soviet citizens were prohibited from buying there.