How is the oppression of descent the result of abandoning capitalism? Despite the repeated mantra by the far right that freedom, capitalism and economic growth go together, the examples of China and India belie that very clearly. Same with South Korea, which was under repressive regimes for a long time. I think part of the problem with communist countries is that they educated many of their people too well, and the educated tend to ask the difficult questions. Of course, it is also true that there were no jobs for them. Still, capitalism as we know it today has less than 100 years in effect; too soon to decide whether it works in a sustainable way.