GBTV showed a special featuring oral histories on how Communism affected ordinary citizen with their necks under the boot of the state.
A poignant segment of this show on Communism is how religious liberty can be restricted by an overbearing totalitarian irrelegious state.
We should not simply dismiss these tales as distant blasts from the past. Nor should it be laughed off as Sinclair Lewis' satire It Can't Happen Here. As George Santayana wrote, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."