Have the lessons from the fall of communism been forgotten?

Writing in the London Telegraph, columnist Janet Daley contends the continued questions about the superiority of capitalism signal a failure to grasp the lessons which emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“We are still ambivalent about the value of competition, which remains a dirty word when applied, for example, to health care. We continue to long for some utopian formula that will rule out the possibility of inequalities of wealth, or even of social advantages such as intelligence and personal confidence,” Daley maintains.

Daley does not assert there is a real possibility of a revitalization of a formal communist state, such as the Soviet Union, but does believe a muted, more socially-acceptable embrace of collectivist thought exists.

“The attempt to abolish unfairness based on class was replaced by corruption and a new hierarchy based on party status. . . . .And that might have led to a more honest political dialogue in which everybody might   now be talking sensibly about capitalism and how it needs to be managed. It   is people – not markets – that are moral or immoral.”

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