^^^The Party bureaucreats' disdain included full employment, education, health care and the "iron rice bowl." These promises were never fulfilled as they were claimed to be. But the Guo Min Dang is actively opposed to even making promises to be broken. In every country suffering capitalist restoration the majority of the population suffered a decline in living standards. A few jumped up to US/European levels of "middle class" living. But the tiny elite that became billionaires made the new bourgeois democracy a sham.
Unless you define freedom as the new ability for young women to whore themselves and the young men to embark on a career in crime, the people are not even free but poor. They're mostly just poorer. I expect that is supposed to be the just price they pay.