Contrasting Cold War Terms. United States v. Soviet perspective. Democracy: Government by the people. American Perspective: best system of government, majority rule
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American Perspective: equality of opportunity, equality before the law =healthy society, providing guarantees of basic necessities such as health care and employment regardless of a persons effort undermines a citizen’s work ethic and adversely affects society
Soviet Perspective: equality of condition =healthy society, society must share material wealth so that no one will have an unfair advantage
American Perspective: provides opportunity for individuals to better themselves through hard work and individual initiative, competition helps create better products and competitive prices, brings out the best in people and improves society
Soviet perspective: evil economic system that breeds selfishness and undermines cooperation and community
American perspective: violates human nature which is naturally competitive rather than cooperative, calling on sharing and teamwork rather than competition works against humankind’s nature and is doomed to failure
Soviet perspective: cooperation and caring are finest attributes of human nature, society should share ownership of property and resources are controlled by the collective
American perspective: core of happy and productive society, Patrick Henry once stated: “Give me liberty or give me death”, the United States fought the American Revolution, Civil War, World War I and II in part to promote freedom
Soviet perspective: people are not free unless they have a fair share of wealth that allows them to live beyond basic needs.