The USSR Was Then When People
Did What You Wouldn’t Now Believe
The USSR was in fact 3S & R,
and for Russia the R wasn’t meant.
But it was when laundry hanged outside,
And no one ever thought it yet
to steal it or soil it out of spite.
For there was less of vileness
& refuse on people’s minds.
It was when all knew all
on their street and in their bloc,
and anyone would give you,
if asked, their thought, time or salt.
It was when you saw a veteran,
whether a woman or a man,
from the Great and Sacred War
everyone with you on the bus
would get up and give her or him
respect with smile and a seat.
Looking at the chess games below who, in your view (abstracting for a moment from our supposed hindsight 20/20) was bound to win and who was bound to lose?
The US in the 1950s:
The USSR in the 1960s: