I think what a lot of us forget when defending socialism is that its implementation was flawed to varying degrees, and it's important to recognize these flaws. More important than that is to realize that twentieth century socialism was experimental, it had never been tried on such a scale, so these flaws were inevitable. I can't blame people who had an awful experience for hating the system, the common man just wants what works for him, and socialism didn't work for everyone. Capitalism hasn't been better mind, but propaganda is a powerful tool, I'm American and I've seen it at its peak. But it's not wise to dismiss complaints about socialism offhandedly, there were real problems. You can blame a lot of these problems on the west and their war against communism, but the fact is that the people who live it don't always get the opportunity to see or understand that. I'm quick defend socialism and its achievements, but that is always tempered with the acknowledgment that this was something no one had tries before and so it had some problems. I think the important thing to point out is that even with these problems socialism's first run was pretty impressive compared to capitalism, which took a few hundred years to even get its footing and still hasn't come close to delivering on its promises, while socialism built the most war torn regions of the world into modern states at a rate never before seen, but it didn't do it without some major hiccups.