Indeed. I mean I guess I've already matured a bit in that I'd say I've outgrown Marxism-Leninism and its childish Lenin cult, but as runequester says, I've only gone further to the left.
Argh yeah, talking to people like that about capitalism and especially about America always reminds me of Voltaire: "we live in the best of all possible worlds." How you could even say that anymore is beyond me...
For awhile I was afraid of this as well, but through study and actual reading (something Republicans don't like to do) I achieved logical rather than romantic views of socialism and revolution. I've grown far more radical with age, and most of the people that become neo-cons are youths that simply want to be rebellious and have no grasp of socialism/communism. They also tend to be those naysayers that criticize anti imperialist leaders or movements for being "dictators" (I call these social imperialists) as if the country was better before that leader and neo-liberal notions of worldwide democracy are the natural state of power struggles.
There's an old saying that Putin pinched which went along the lines of this:
Age does tend to make people more conservative in certain respects, but it needn't necessarily mean abandoning the Left to become some Free-Market asshole.
I was born in 1983. About the only things I remember of this era were of a pop cultural nature. Such as the song "Love In Any Language" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md0dTgNpGq0&feature=related, which contains a reference to Leningrad, and encourages friendship between the peoples of the U.S.S.R. , and the U.S.A. , and also on the TV show "Captain Planet" , there was a charecter from the Soviet Union, named Linka. http://captainplanet.wikia.com/wiki/Linka As all should be able to see, the cold war had thawed to a point that would have been considered unimaginable in prior decades. This is also why I think that us younger generations are not as hostile towards the idea of Communism, as previous ones were. For instance we did not fear war with the Soviets. Instead of duck and cover drills at school, in preperation of possible atomic attack, we were told it was for the possibility of tornadoes.
Captain Planet, oh my, I remember just how terribly mawkish and moralising that show was.
"Phil Spector is haunting Europe" -Dr. Karl H. Marx
At the end of each show it did give admonitions, and instructions, regarding what is deemed to be enviromentally responsible behaviour. Essentially it was enviromentalist propoganda. There were a number of conservative rightists whom opposed it for this reason, plus the fact that it featured a Soviet as one of the heroes. Incidently I myself was not permitted by my father to watch it. He claimed that it was because it featured witchcraft, because of the magic rings, and the mention of Gaia, as the spirit of the earth. I suppose that a Christian conservative such as himself was afraid I'd be brainwashed into becoming a Communist pagan. Well I guess that I might be considered to be a Communist by some, and some might also regard my deism as being pagan, but I don't think that it was because I was influenced by the TV show. At least not consciously.
I was born in 1985....!
COMRADE ARMIN the ITALO-DUTCH
I was born in 1968. It was the year of the Tet Offensive and the Prague Spring. It was the year Jimi Hendrix released Electric Ladyland and the year Syd Barrett was dropped from Pink Floyd.
born January 1990, i remember in my first few years of school, 1994 onwards, we were still given some maps with country names that still had USSR printed on them, didnt mean anything to me at the time but hay nice to know how old some of the stuff we were given was.
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