Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day

To all of my American readers both at home and abroad I wish you a happy Independence Day. The US is now officially 230 years old. That is over three times as long as the Soviet experiment embraced by many American academics lasted.


Susan said...

You'll have to excuse my appalling lack of historical knowledge but what was the "Soviet experiment embraced by many American academics"?

J. Otto Pohl said...


A lot of US academics had a very positive attitude towards the Soviet regime that replaced the Russian Empire in 1917. They deliberately minimized the crimes committed by Lenin and Stalin and painted the USSR in a favorable light. Some still do today.