This looks like late stage communism in the Soviet Union back in the 1970s: “They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.” No one believes in the system anymore, but everyone is willing to parrot the lines in hopes of lucking out in the lottery and getting a cushy apparatchik job, a decent apartment and maybe even a car or dacha. If you had technical skills, there were fairly well paying jobs available with access to better housing, special stores and vacation resorts, but most people didn’t have those skills. If you were inner party, you had access to all sorts of goodies, sweet jobs, foreign travel, hard currency. You might even run into Galena Brezhnev and Boris the Gypsy at a nightclub. For the rest, there was always hope. Just don’t get caught saying nasty things about Lenin.