I ran a leather shop during the '60s, '70s, and part of the '80s, and I did my best to educate my Hippie customersóto no real avail, because they were absolutely convinced that they were right. I can't fault them: I was exactly the same, when I was a 'teen. The difference was that, eventually, I had to start working for a living, and to learn what that meant. Meanwhile, those Hippies continued to live off of their indulgent parents, well into their 30s, after which they inherited enough to never have to seriously look poverty in the face. So they are still convinced, as only the relatively indolent can be, that Socialism and Political Correctness are the correct forms for society to takeóas long as it's forced on you, not on them (the elite).
It wasn't the poor, who framed and constructed the Russian revolution. It was the children of the wealthy, who were the only people with the leisure to construct social fantasies, and to debate them into being. Like the Germans of 1943, they were completely surprised at the actual result of their "work." The much more vicious and politically-savvy Bolsheviks took their idealistic revolution away from them, and then stood them up against the nearest wall for terminal "political reŽducation" (see: Trotsky/Trotskyism/Trotskyite).
So now we have at least two consecutive generations who are still convinced that some sort of all-knowing "Big Brother" government can take care of us all, without anybody being required to work very hard. After all, all we have to do is just print more money, right?
I read the Pravda article. I'm glad that some Russians have learned the lesson. Someday, the children of our two generations of Hippies will also have learned the lesson. But our nation, and our liberties, will already have suffered terribly, just as the Russians and the Germans have.
Jean and I won't be here, but our children will, and their children too. I wish that we could leave a better legacy of liberty for them, but their loss of it will actually be entirely their own fault.