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.

2 comments:

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...

Susan:

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.