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Not my interpretation.  My interpretation of this post, which admittedly lends itself to a lot of it, is that: 1)history is never over and it does not take place in a vacuum, that we are still feeling the repercussions of the October Revolution, etc.; and 2)we can learn a lot from the past only if we cease looking at it through a black/white narrative and recognize the mistakes, and in this case, downright evils, as well as the accomplishments in both the West and the Soviet Union.  Good v. Evil is a great frame for politicians, but all of reality won't fit nicely into it.  And if we are to learn from the past, we need to look at all of it.

I will let the author respond point my point to your comment, but I hardly found this post to be an apologia for the atrocities committed in the Soviet Union.  Not at all.  Just a challenge to the narrow views that 1)The Communists were the only bad guys, (or) 2)Lenin was a great lefty and it was Stalin who really fucked things up, 3)If there had been no Revolution there would have been no atrocities and everything would have been fine, 4) Absolutely nothing good came about as a result of the Revolution, 5)and that absolutely nothing bad has resulted from the end of that regime.

It does seem to me, an American, that Europe is now sincerely searching for an "alternative" in which the socialization of services and a reasonably fair distribution of wealth and opportunity is balanced with a free market economy and the protection of civil rights.  

The US is still firmly trapped in the false dichotomy of Cold War propaganda.  So I found this post especially refreshing.

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 12:25:24 PM EST
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