Seventy years of communism had destroyed the work ethic of an entire nation. Millions of Russians had been sent to the gulags for showing the slightest hint of personal initiative. The Soviets severely penalized independent thinkers, so the natural self-preservation reaction was to do as little as possible and hope that nobody would notice you. This had been fed into the psyches of ordinary Russians from the moment they were on their mothers' breasts. To run a Western-style business, therefore, you either had to completely brainwash a fresh young Russian about the virtues of efficiency and clear thinking or find some miraculous person whose natural psychology had somehow defied the pressures of communism. I get upset when I hear ignorant leftists extolling the virtues of Marxism. I get upset because communism hurts people.
Communism cuts against the grain of human nature. It is a rebellion not only against nature but against the Creator of nature who commands us to earn our own living rather than depending on others (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).
1. Bill Browder, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, pp. 96-97.