But it was run by America, which makes it even worse. But it wasn't about prisons I was trying to make a point that both Communism and any form of Democracy are equally bad... they both have their strong points and both have their weaknesses and I believe that they equal eachother out pretty nicely.
I fail to see how that is. You are not a US Citizen, you do not have the same rights as a US citizen.
Sheer numbers make up the difference. There have never been more than six hundred detainees as Guantanamo Bay. In 1931, more than 200,000 Soviet Citizens were in the gulags. Their numbers got bigger from there. On top of that, the survival rate at Guantanamo Bay is much higher than that of a Gulag.
You have failed to prove your point so far, other than basically pointing out that Democracy is not perfect. It isn't. We are claiming it is better than Soviet-style Communism.
So you rather be 'free' and homeless and starving, than 'not free' but with a house and food and everything taken care off? That's basically the question from what I understand about all of you. If it is, it's fine but my grandparents and my parents never felt 'a prisoner' in the Soviet Union. In fact my grandparents like it better when it was all taken care off, because you didn't have to worry about money as they have now. I rather live in the Soviet Union with a roof over my head and food on the table, than in any other country on the street living off other people's left overs.
The fault presumption underlying this is that you would be better off economically under Communism. With the exception of Hungary, the norm of the Soviet Communism was long queues and a shortage of all sorts of goods, plus basics like food. It was a common practice in urban areas to apply for housing at a child's birth, knowing it would take long enough he would get the house in his twenties.
Further, there were a good deal of strikes triggered by working conditions, generally suppressed by force. I'd say ask the Polish Udarniks how good their economic life was, but they were shot for striking.
There was definitely homelessness and starvation in the Soviet Union, by the way.
For somebody who told the truth, that's a bit harsh isn't it?? Again it's not the point of this conversation, but how is his treatment any better than what happened in gulags? Detaining 'innocent' people because somebody said something bad about a country? In my opinion that's even worse than a gulag and it proof that the US government is just as dirty as the Soviet government was. Except in the US people actually voted to install them and in the Soviet Union they had no choice. Now you pick.. which is worse?
He didn't criticize the US, he leaked US files. He is, if nothing else, guilty of theft. Also, Kansas is not comparable to Siberia. As for criticism, you do realize that the KGB would arrest people for embarrassing the Soviet Union? Not criticizing it, just embarrassing it.