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  •  I have to say, as an late 70s radical, the (3+ / 0-)
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    blinders were still firmly in place over here on the left. I gave myself a pat on the back getting arrested at the Soviet Embassy during the anti-nuke protests in NYC during the early 80s. Just a few dozen of us vs hundreds at the US.

    “The first principle [in science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman

    by the fan man on Fri May 18, 2012 at 01:21:40 PM PDT

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    •  In the '60s, SDS started out with a... (6+ / 0-)

      ...quite strong anti-Soviet outlook, many of its members being fully aware of Khruschev's secret anti-Stalin speech in 1956, that being the year and the cause, along with the crushing of the Hungarian revolt, of many U.S. communists leaving the party. Later, some of the more hard-core members took to saying that criticizing the USSR helped the enemies of socialism (even though they freely admitted that the USSR deserved criticism). They were mistaken. The failure to fully criticize the USSR, both its domestic and foreign policy, deeply hurt the left.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Fri May 18, 2012 at 03:06:37 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed. I am always looking for our blind spots (0+ / 0-)

        having been a part of a historical blunder. It is partially why I take contrarian opinions here. Echo chambers and groupthink are deadly.

        “The first principle [in science] is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman

        by the fan man on Fri May 18, 2012 at 05:45:21 PM PDT

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      •  I'm younger than you (0+ / 0-)

        so I got most of that in retrospect (I was born in '65), but it always amazed me that any Western leftist with even a portion of a brain supported the USSR at all after Prague Spring.

        With me, even as left-wing as I am, disdain of the USSR was genetic; I'm of partial Lithuanian descent. My full-blooded grandfather flew a Lithuanian flag at half-mast until the day he died.

        "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

        by ChurchofBruce on Sat May 19, 2012 at 11:32:18 AM PDT

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