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 Communism inflicted itself on Russia the same way it has inflicted itself on the rest of the world — through compulsory schooling. The exceptionalism of the United States (so far) has to do with the relatively late arrival of a state ministry of education. As Gary and Rocky both know, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was the treasured son of a state schools inspector and school teacher. All of their children were "educated against the ills of their time (violations of human rights, servile psychology, etc.), and instilled a readiness in them to struggle for higher ideals, a free society, and equal rights" (sic); all but one of their children became a revolutionary. The miracle of the world is that there are people who escape from official education; the tragedy of it is that so many people have their minds permanently closed.


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