- May 11, 2011
I'd say Soviet leadership had the state and party at heart with the people a means to achieve the goals and ambitions of both.It's a good question that, although it may not be popular soviet communism so far as I can tell had the people's best interest at heart, but the people as a whole and they seemed to understand that a lot of pain and suffering must be had for the good of the entire state.
Remember the old man in the meeting from the first episode where he said seal off the city no one leaves and cut the phone lines to contain the spread of misinformation. I kind of agree with that as things would have turned into chaos very quickly if the public were made aware of what was going on, even worse if the press got hold of it and made it 100 times worse as the press does.
Instead,everything was handled very calmly orderly and proficiently with relatively few casualties, everyone listened to what they were told, they packed things for a couple of days and they got on the busses without any fuss, imagine trying to do that with Americans or even with us.
The old man was a great example of someone making decisions for you and those decisions were purely for the benefit of the state. But in fairness any government any where in the world would try and contain information in the time of a crisis. Its just a lot easier to do it in a communist state because you also control the media directly. Using the US as an example; how do you stop CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and MSNBC from spreading information? A lot easier for the Soviets when all news comes from a state-controlled source.