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I would wholeheartedly agree with England. The Soviet Union enslaved Eastern Europe with totalitarian governments including Poland, which was ironically over what the war started over. So, I wouldnt rush to thank them for a "free" europe. That is, unless you're like Frank and believe in "one party democracy".
Private property is a cornerstone of democracy. If I can take everything you earn, can you be free?
Of course, our democracy comes from the european thinkers. Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau were instrumental. It is a shame that their philosophies could not have materialized in Europe because they were mostly totalitarian governments until the 20th century.
And I havent lectured anyone. I have given my opinion. I was discussing how I saw EU identity from an American viewpoint. Some have chosen to stray a bit off topic into what democracy is and I have answered. If you disagree, then challenge it. I dont worry about what Europeans think and how they percieve the US. Especially, since three of my uncles risked their lives liberating it.
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