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Communism has failed in Europe because of its lack of care for the individual its corrupt leaders and also because it went against human nature Two novels that demonstrate this statement are the semi-autobiographical We the Living by Ayn Rand and Julian Barnes The Porcupine According to Ayn Rand Communists were pitiless When Kira the protagonist of the story begged for help to save her lovers life the only answer she received from the general was Why - in the face of the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics- cant one aristocrat die 216 Communists say that they want everyone to be equal and have a good life yet they contradict themselves in that they dont acknowledge each individual which is the make-up of their so-called collect Since individuals didnt matter people lived poorly In Maria Petrovnas words These are hard times God have pity on us these are hard times 27 Communism crushed peoples hopes and it also broke them down We have no future 27 said Simon Barnes showed how people didnt matter in a Communist society by showing how people were exhausted People had been too busy or too tired to make love that was another thing that had broken downDuring the last statistical year the number of live births had been exceeded both by the number of abortions and by the number of deaths 63 Individual lives just didnt matter Because people were so unhappy they did not support the government To maintain its standing the government had to make sure that everyone lived in fear This would decrease the chance of rebellion In one of his articles Steven Morewood talks about Gorbachev a Communist leader Gorbachev concedes The totalitarian model had relied on dictatorship and violence and I can see that this was not acceptable to the people 33 Neglect of the individual was not Communisms only fault Corruption among its leaders was also very common In We the Living
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