It’s easy, you compare it to what it used to be like in ways we can quantify.

Alas, the semantics of socialism and communism are so fraught and divergent. I’d hope no one is advocating for the state/elite owned, authoritarian flavour that once dominated and still continues in Asia. Any movement towards something close to the theoretical ideal is so far from where we are now that our impatience is possibly the largest impediment. There’s no way it will work unless an overwhelming majority want it. How could it work without that? And there’s no way an overwhelming majority will want it anytime soon, no matter how much an idealogue (like myself) can see how much better it might be. Pragmatism must acknowledge that the distance to be travelled will take generations.

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