Q: Hey, how was growing up in Bulgaria in the ‘70s and ‘80s? Was totalitarianism good?
A: It was survivable.
Q: But did some people think it was actually good?
A: Yes. A few honest, simple-minded people thought it was great. They didn’t know what “totalitarian” meant or was. They just liked the simplicity of everything.
Q: I thought totalitarianism enjoyed wide popular support.
A: Many more people pretended to believe it was good; this was a common survival strategy, and a career booster for many.
Q: But once the wheels fell off, everything collapsed pretty quickly, right?
A: Like a house of cards.
Q: Were the “believers” first to abandon ship?
A: Aren’t they always?
Q: But this was in another place, another time, right? Nothing like that is happening now anywhere, right? Right???
A: Of course. Everything is great.
Q: Will there be another installment of “Ask a totalitarian survivor”?
A: Stay tuned.