Bernie Sanders may have feared that under Communism he’d lose his home and his savings, and be forced to labor eternally for meager wages. If so, he must have had a fairly rosy idea of what Communism entails.
What I would have found fearful under Communism, had it not collapsed while I was still a teenager, was very different:
- Loss of the freedom of speech and inability to criticize those in power.
- Hunger due to either purposeful policies or economic mismanagement.
- Forced labor prison camps (although you could claim the prison-industrial complex is such a thing – just less harsh).
- Deportation or execution for being the wrong social class.