In the USSR, you had a job, you did it. That was it. Some people like this, some people missed it, even if they don't remember the hardship there. This seems insane to us. There must be something wrong with them.
In the USA, well. There's a mindset here, I think, that it is better to suffer on your own without any responsibility taken for you rather than allow someone else to take responsibility for you and do it wrong, even if there's a chance the wrong might be better than suffering alone. And this seems insane to them, I'm sure. There must be something wrong with us.