Seanus, do you think it is at least in part to do with a fear from that time of having interaction with someone and ending up being arrested or interrogated? Or perhaps (or along with that) the shock of seeing horrific events of WWII and following that the starvations, arrests, shootings, etc. of Communist times has them shut down from social interaction on that level? Bc many older folks in Poland still live today did live through WWII, many as children, and I cannot imagine the mental trauma that would have caused...
Some might say that older system (communism) was more vividly totalitarian.
This one is creating some kind of optical/ cognitive illusion, so it's more dangerous.
Yes, it is must easier to deal with someone who is openly a jerk to your face. At least you know what they are. Today's CommieLiberalism is much more insidious, much more sneaky... they're smile at you as they take your freedoms. As you say, much more dangerous.