How do you respond to things like, "my relative lived in a communist regime (china/ussr/cuba/etc) and they thought it was awful/terrible/they suffered a whole lot." I dont want to minimize other people's suffering and say "communism is just better than capitalism no matter what happened to your relatives." How would you respond to that type of criticism?
I saw that you asked @violaslayvis the same question and I pretty much second his reply- if their suffering was having their private land on which they worked peasants to death taken so that they could no longer exploit people on it, then fuck them, and if their suffering was homophobic crackdowns or just not being able to eat, then obviously that’s a very genuine concern that should be treated as such. But this idea that capitalism doesn’t kill people is silly at best, and dangerous really because people die every single day because of their lack of access to housing, medical care, education, etc specifically because they are unable to afford that access. Obviously every socialist project to date has had failings, and many have had major failings, and I am not personally one to pretend otherwise for anyone’s sake because I find it silly. But the misattribution of those problems to “socialism” vaguely is incorrect- outside intervention specifically geared at weakening socialist countries’ economies, literal warfare against those countries, embargoes against those countries, repeated attempts at capitalist countries’ infiltration and the ensuing and reasonable paranoia around that, assassinations, US backed coups- all of these have had major impacts on the abilities of socialist countries to care for their people, meaning many avoidable deaths in socialists countries have literally happened as a result of Western intervention.