To say that they were striving for 'equality' among people when the evidence was very much to the contrary speaks to the ignorance of many leftwingers in the west, despite believing themselves to be the final link in the evolutionary chain.
And, as you say, people still believe that governments can look after all their needs. If we could put these people on an island somewhere, Cuba perhaps, to see how it doesn't work, then perhaps reality might take hold, perhaps their tiny minds might change. But that won't happen. They'll bring the rest of us down with them first.