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WFP Series: So What’s Wrong with Socialism? (Part 3) Zina Brodovsky

Posted: February 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm   /   by

This article is the third of a three-part series* on socialism.  In this article, WFP’s Brad Zinn interviews Zina Brodovsky, a naturalized US citizen who lived under the Soviet socialism and communism in the former USSR.

Americans who think socialism sounds like a great way to achieve “fairness” or “social justice” would do well to hear Zina’s words.  She knows full well the difference between the utopian vision of socialism and how it has actually worked out in practice.

This interview is broken into three chapters, each less than 15 minutes.  All three chapters have valuable insights, delivered from the heart, but I especially recommend the third chapter, where Zina delivers a message to her fellow Americans, many of whom have come to take America’s freedoms for granted. See also the post at this link where Zina addresses a Tea Party Rally with her presentation “Do You See What I See?”.

Chapter 1 – Life in the former USSR


00:27  Zina’s recollections of communist indoctrination growing up in Odessa, Ukraine, USSR
02:20  Zina’s first realization that the socialist promise was a lie
04:08  Government involvement in everything
05:04  Socialism’s false promise of “fairness”
05:40  The black market and corruption
06:45  First truths about Stalin era come to light after his death
07:45  Zina’s personal history, KGB intimidation, and emigration to America with her daughter
10:10  Departure via Moscow, more intimidation
11:50  The socialist view of capitalism
12:30  Socialism and the press


Chapter 2 – Soviet Socialism — Lies, Starvation, and Slavery


00:18  Famine in the Ukraine — 1921 — Government theft and murder — the Red Terror
02:04  Famine in the Ukraine — 1931,32 — Stalin’s — murder concentration camps
04:00  Pavlik Morozov — making a Soviet hero out of a boy who betrayed his family
06:44  Soviet brainwashing of youth
07:20  Famine leads to cannibalism, and the truth is hidden beneath press propaganda
09:22  Millions die of starvation, and the world is silent
09:40  The brutality of the 20th century eclipses all others combined
11:05  Soviet era deaths and slavery, all in service to the state
12:17  The false promises of Marxism — forced study of “dialectic materialism”


Chapter 3 – The Lessons of Socialism —  A Message for America


00:07  Zina’s first impressions of America, plentiful food and opportunity
01:10  American naïveté about sharing and “social justice”
02:20  How the Russian people started out believing in the promises of socialism
03:22  Could socialism work if the “right people” were in charge of it?
04:33  What happens when socialist governments gain power?
05:00  What happens to the idealists who start the revolutions?
06:05  What Zina thinks when she sees Occupy Wall Street demonstrations
06:40  Occupy-ers should know how history repeats itself
07:25  Substitution of Communism for religion in the USSR
09:20  The worst of the horrors that Zina fortunately missed
11:00  Zina’s heartfelt message to her fellow Americans


*Current WFP posts in the “So What’s Wrong with Socialism?” series:

  1. Jose Borrajero, native of Cuba
  2. Daniel Paul, native of the Polish Ukraine
  3. Zina Brodovsky, native of the Soviet Ukraine
  4. Clare Lopez, former CIA operations officer
  5. Caecilia Winnubst, native of Nazi-occupied Holland
  6. Gabor Kovacs, native of communist Hungary
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David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
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WFP Series: So What’s Wrong with Socialism? (Part 3) Zina Brodovsky