December 03, 2003
A Second Marxist Indoctrination
Several years ago in San Francisco I met Tatiana Menaker, a refugee from the former Soviet Union. She recently went back to school, enrolling in San Francisco State University. She recounts her experiences in Front Page Magazine: My Second Marxist Indoctrination
Imagine the astonishment of a person who, after fighting the KGB and being a refusenik, finally comes so close to her dream of receiving a real education instead of indoctrination, only to find herself, once again, in the middle of a socialist brainwashing machine -- but this time in San Francisco.
Unfortunately, at San Francisco State University, meeting with members of the monolithic left-wing faculty, who are still soaked in the delirium of the Marxist-Socialist utopia, is an everyday necessity for the average student.
What follows is both terribly funny and terribly sad. Read the whole thing
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at December 03, 2003 11:59 AM
This is so rich in irony. In 1989, I had a Russian exchange teacher via AFS living with our family. I remember poignant conversations with Ludmilla, her personal revelations to me about how sad it was to waste a life under such a failed system and Big Lie. Her personal poverty in spite of her superior education and ambition, her youth wasted in calculated decisions and Party bullshit and her agony over wanting to defect.
Only a pathetic narcissist(unfit for employment in the business/private sector with real adults), who never spent a day as a Soviet anything, could continue espousing Marxism.
This nonsense will only stop when people shut their wallets to it. Stop paying tuition for this garbage. The idiot Marxist lecturing before you needs a paycheck.
This is an incurable disease. In 1955-56 we met people who were released from gulags in USSR. These people were actually communists who for whatever reason, usually some trumped up claims, fell victims of Stalin's purges. When they told their stories, their old friends believed that they must have been somehow guilty - the communist system could not err.
And that's why I believe that this Marxist nonsense might end only when they will die out. Will the future generation be any better - your guess is as good as anybody's.
Sadly, Marek, I think you are right. These fools will embrace Marxism, against all facts and first person testimony, on their death beds. Where most mortals scrutinize religion at various stages in their life, Marxists never question.
I've concluded that it is the dogma of the dullard. Another irony to be examined, given their hold on academia.
The challenge that should be put to these phonies, who imagine themselves Marxists, is: "Don't talk to me about the magnificence of socialism until you have spent a year in North Korea." These Marxist poseurs can all talk the talk but how many of them can walk the walk?
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I recently read an article in the Washington Times about how Slovakia has just initiated a flat tax rate of 19% or 15%? and other market competitive reforms of Social Security (up to 9% deferred into IRA type accounts) and education as well. The writer says that this is what led the tiny province of Hong Kong to go from a poor backwater region to a leading economic region in the world today, similar type of reforms. Also it notes that similar reforms have taken place in Estonia and other former Soviet Bloc countries.
I think the title of the article is "The Hong Kong of Asia or Europe"??
The article was interesting by the way, and shows how far many Universities have really gone to the far left. If I took classes now again my attitude would be very different from when I was in college and just looking to get bye and get a grade etc... now I would crave to learn and would expect that excellence and enthusiasm and interest from a teacher whom I'm spending my hard earned money on.
Unfortunately I don't live on the West Coast so I can't take classes at the Hoover Institute at Stanford.