I do not know much about history or politics but I know that countries with big governments are, on average, serious bummers. After Cuba went communist, the swing bands quieted and the Bacardi slowed to a sizable trickle. There were not a lot of parties, I suspect, in the Soviet Union, unless your idea of fun was goulash in the gulags. Or occasional fire squads. Poles did not drink their mothers' weight in vodka daily, I am sure, because they were so happy.