Denying demand already failed one Empire. Its lessons can be learn’t
Every economy and society must handle the demands of its people. After the Cold War the free market and western government systems where believed to easily meet those demands. As the capitalist superpower the United States even more then others must have this. Discontent due to the results in both the economic and social sense must be due to an abbreviation of the system and a rectification of the error has those results occur. It is not systems themselves that are flawed but small errors. Denying the demands of the people and claiming that changes to the system are not needed is to have a utopian view of one’s own systems. The United States has witnessed another superpower collapse on these demands as its utopian system proved otherwise. Basking in the glow of victory in the Cold War the lesson needs to be learnt now and not continue to be ignored.
Diplomatic and global markets found it easy to ignore the Soviet Union upon its creation. Despite being the first communist state and action being taken to destroy it, this was not an industrialized nation of Europe but one that had always been on the outside of focus. For Europe’s memory, the Tsarists regime had failed to change the economic and social stagnation that gripped Russia. The World War making the vast Eastern Empire less concerning as inadequacies where revealed.
It was never truly industrialised. A nation not full of factory workers but farmers, or as some in power thought, newly freed serfs. By the time that the Bolsheviks had seized power of what was left of the Russian Empire, it had been destroyed by the fierce civil war. Social demands at the time were grounded in the most basic. This was a very favourable starting point for the new Socialist government to start meeting those demands with the means it had seized. No more noble excess’s would now have to bet met, yet those savings were wasted on propaganda extended failed programs and bullets yet on the surviving successful citizens.
Global markets found it easy to not notice the Socialist state. Economic and cultural power resting in London, Washington and Berlin. The most noticeable export being the skilled and educated fleeing the terror. Communist strikes had been occurring before the union and the hope of revolution in Europe had existed even before Marx. Internally the utopian failures of the party continued to be replaced by the paranoia of a tyrant. Basic needs occasionally would be met during this time and demands remained low with the oppression preventing any discussion of unmet or new ones being allowed. Behind its borders and only being a couple of decades old those demands would be buried among the numerous victims.
A man in Berlin change the world status quo in a war that set the world aflame. Its consequence was by the time it was over Germany and the rest of Europe lay in ruin. Demand for the basics now went from Belfast to Moscow. The British Empire lay in economic and social ruin. Moscow however found itself in charge of a ruined country and now other ruined peoples of Eastern Europe. With such a vast amount of territory and the ability for oppression no longer possible the country had to start to try and deal with this demand. Blaming the war worked to explain the lack of meeting these demands for the 1950’s and into the 1960’s. Yet as the West rebuilt and grew the East’s did not. Concrete buildings, oppression and a arms race was not the demands of the people.
During the 1960s a cover-up would begin as people claimed that Eastern markets have always failed to perform. The same could naturally be said for Eastern markets that changed to start meeting the demands of the people. Behind the iron curtain changes where tried and the creation of the new Soviet Man who did need these unmet demands failed to convince. The past mechanisms of crushing and ignoring these demands no longer would be working. Perhaps Russia with its unfortunate history it could have prolonged the denial even longer yet other states remembered and could hope for them being met. Even Russia would lower the Red Flag and seek other ways to meet these denied demands.
Western global markets suddenly would be hit with the surge of these demands. A vast area of the globe would be free from the restraints placed on the market attempting to meet these demands. Despite the promises of the early days not occurring this alone can not be attributed to the voicing of demand being allowed. A Polish woman was risking nothing more then her bank account for purchasing a American perfume. Despite entering the markets the people of the East have been robbed by the experience.
While the demand had always been there even when Lenin had seized power it had not be acted on properly. Perhaps for some of the decades it had been impossible yet more often the need to meet the wants of the people had been denied. The economic and social ability to produce never was seriously created. This has seen Eastern markets unable to meet these demands or relying on Western goods for them. With the collapse of the empire denying them the consequence of any collapse brings with it a great deal of negative results.
In the West this sudden increase of demand has had consequences. A positive element was a sudden increase of profits due to the limited competition. Yet this contained the negative of encouraging certain practices that are not beneficial when the competition resumed. It was believed that the West could no longer loose against other systems and the decay in its own was denied. Confidence can be a great thing but it requires to be actually based on fact or when push back occurs it will quickly crumble. Growth and success after the Soviet Union must be viewed accepting the demand that was no longer denied benefited the West.
Many no longer consider the West perfect at meeting the needs of its society. Young people face mental and economic issues and signs of societal breakdown can now be seen. The Soviets attempted to create the New Soviet man who did not need that unmet demand. Signs of the New Western man can be seen in the media and online. Properganda and oppression against those who bring up the unmet demands will not always work the Soviet Union has highlighted that. Modern stop-gap solutions may be provided using the internet the Soviet never had yet they will work the same as their owns.
China does it best to appear to provide for its peoples demands so long as it supports the party. Idealism and the belief it will not fail does not permeate its policy and plans. The West with is increasing bureaucracy, economic issues and social failings needs to ask is it suppressing or ignoring the wants of its people?
Belief in its permanence will not stop a collapse and it is uncertain if the West can afford one.