|>>>I found a large extract of Alexander Feht's "How I escaped from the USSR". Compelling story, quite an adventure and I enjoyed reading it.<<<|
You convinced me to remove (finally) "Friends & Relatives" section from Alex's website. It only confuses people! Especially with new design where Alex's name is prominently displayed on every page.
The story was written by Dimitri Sokolenko (my brother), and Alex only translated it. It was quite an adventure.
>>>>> In a truly free environment people for the most part thrive by being honest, trusting, principled. <<<<
Did you know that even such a simple thing like drop slot in video stores is impossible in Russia? Either customers don't return movies and pretend that they did, or the clerks claim customer never returned them, charge twice and pocket the difference.There are honest people in Russia, but too few to make it work. Just like it's better not to use credit cards in certain parts of New York.
If such a simple thing is not working, how can we expect much more complex concepts of democracy and self-governing to work there?
>>>I fear the United States turning into this kind of state.<<<
I am copying from my other post:
America is changing, and will continue to change from a frontier country to a more mature state where the precious balance and social contracts are treasured far above individual freedoms and desires.
From the biological point of view, it very easy to see: when life is very hard, the amount of parasites living off the working host can only be very limited. Otherwise, both hosts and parasites would perish. The richer the nation becomes, the more people living off the working minority it is able to support; and parasites are getting more and more influence in forming the public opinion. Two biological fundamentals are in play: filling every possible ecological niche, and preservation of energy. If it is easier to pay taxes than to fight them, paying taxes is what the majority of people choose to do. America is rich enough to afford even more bureaucracy than we have now.
>>>Oh, by the way, my reaction upon seing the image was, "I really should get around to his War and Peace."
Never could understand the importance of reading War and Peace ;-). Probably the size of it? ...
(Edited by Maria Feht on 2/16, 9:50pm)