I know someone who used to go to the former USSR in the 90s. He brought back such stories.......of...
treating diphtheria for the 1st time (he’s a doctor)
old women who had to choose between heat/rent and food
hot water coming from 1 central source in a big city
people not knowing what Tylenol was
people never having seen Band aids but knowing what they were
big cities with dirt roads
...and on and on.
I know a young pregnant woman in that position (here) at this very moment. One long block away from me. We help but can't finance her whole life. She is a good person and not an abuser in any way. She also is chronically ill and can't work. There are tough stories everywhere. She gets a very small amount of help from the state but most of it was cut off until the divorce is complete (husband lied on TANF applications and so forth -- she has to wait until it gets straightened out). Oh, and the clothes washer just quit.
A former colleague of mine with an MBA made several trips to one of the former soviet republics. He found it necessary to explain in detail just what "capitalism" is. They hadn't a clue.
Although I see parallels between what happened to the Soviet Union and what will happen to us, I see a key difference. There will be a very large proportion of the population which has seen how good things can be. Some of these people are ignorant liberals today. They just might lose some of their ignorance when it is THEIR dinner which is at issue.