Who made up the "good guys" during the Cold War?

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The answer to this question depends on which perspective you are viewing this question. If you are looking at it from the viewpoint of an average American citizen living during the Cold War, you would say the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, France, and most other countries that had a democratic government would be considered as the good guys. From this perspective, you would see the leaders of these countries fighting to stop the spread of a system that limited the freedom of the people they ruled both politically and economically in a positive light.

If you are viewing this from the perspective of an average person who lived in China or in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, you would say the leaders of the countries that had a communist system of government were the good guys. From this perspective, these leaders were working to stop the spread of an economic system that had much inequality in it. There were very rich people and very poor people in the capitalist system. The people who lived in these communist countries viewed our system as an aggressive system trying to disrupt their way of living.

The answer to this question depends on one’s perspective.

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