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As bad as some of the past mistakes of the US has been - and slavery is as much the fault of European mercantilism and monarchy - if not more so - than anything that ever happened in the US (because THEY started that particular version of slavery) - NOTHING has been as brutal and repressive as communist regimes (China and Russia in particular).
Stalin's successes ONLY came through repression and hard-line aggression toward his own people - as have all Communist "successes."
Even after the confiscation, we more or less still had the gold standard until Nixon.