Are Americans actually forgetting what socialism was like? Are they being manipulated to forget?
This weekend I was sorting through a hundred Nat'l Geographic magazines. My husband's a teacher doing some European geography and he wants to give his students resources for choosing a country and drawing its map with mountains and main rivers. (Their parents never get them to the library, and internet is problematic for several reasons)
So I'm scanning the cover of each issue, and leafing through prospective articles to check whether there is a serviceable map. These Nat'l Geographics go back to the early 60's. It is amazing to see the reminders of what life was like behind the Iron Curtain. Also, the magazines published circa 1999 show the mind-numbing misery & pollution under socialist rule which came to light when the Curtain was lifted.
Now Tom Brokaw & others are reporting as if capitalism is WORSE?
Why are they?
I was 4 years old when JFK was killed. I remember growing up during the Cold War. When it fell, my cousin went to Russia to help get the farming operations back up and running. As an agronomist, he had particular skills needed to turn the state farms back to private farms. He found that the Russians would pay $1 for an aspirin. He took New Testaments to pass out. They tore the book apart, passed the pages out, and rotated them through the village until everyone had a turn with each page. On his second trip, he took bottles of aspirin to give out and more Bibles. These people were starving literally and figuratively. I think you make a great point. Do we really want to be the "new Russia"? Do we want the state telling us what job we will have, how much we will make, and how many people will live in our 3 room apartment?
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I don't know how old you are, waldorfmom, but I remember the fear of going to war with Russia. We watched very carefully the war between Russia and Afghanistan and then Iran and Iraq. We saw the Russian military machine in action and could see how efficient if was (wasn't). I thought there was an actual iron wall around the border until about I was in the 6th grade. I remember Krushev, Brezhnev and the "red phone" in the Oval Office. It took me a long time to trust the DEFCON level wouldn't go to lock down of the mountain. We are going to be the country other countries don't want to be like.
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