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drama. It was a made for TV drama. The CNN filming took place during a news blackoutwhen even telephones were theoretically shut off in Russia.The Red Army theoretically repeated the
Tiananmen Square Massacre
on June 4, 1989 thatbegan with bloodless protests on April 14, and tragically culminated with what is known inChina as the
June Fourth Movement
People's Liberation Army
crushed the freedommovement, killing several hundred Chinese civilians whose only crime was peaceful protest.The Soviets have been convinced since the 1950s that communism would prevail and thatthe free enterprise system would ultimately collapse under the weight of its debt. On Nov. 16,1956, 8 years before he was fired as Premier of the Soviet Union,
toldthe American people that
"...our firm conviction is that sooner of later Capitalism will give way to Socialism. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you."
Later, heamended his statement, adding that the Soviets would not beat America in battle, but that
:...the United States will eventually fly the communist flag—the American people will hoist it themselves."
In the spring of 1964 financier
went to Moscow to meet with SupremeSoviet head
—where the two ostensibly talked about a wheat deal forRussia. When the meeting ended, the Central Committee agreed to fire
andretire him to his dacha—which they let him keep (for a year), with a 500 ruble a monthpension (reduced to 400 rubles a month when his dacha was confiscated). People think ofcapitalism and socialism as opposite ends of the political spectrum. They aren't. Socialism isa political ideology. Capitalism is an economic system that controls a nation's trade andeconomic well-being. There are two forms of capitalism: free enterprise capitalism where thepeople are allowed to develop and grow wealth, and statist capitalism where those whocontrol the government, and those closely aligned with them, are the only class of peoplelegally allowed to accumulate wealth.
Social progressivism did not begin in France. It actually started as anintellectual movement against Catholicism in England in 1688 with theoverthrow of
King James II
of Scotland after the birth of his son,
, who would have been a Catholic monarch had he been allowed toascend to the throne of England. The battle started when
, aCatholic, inherited the throne in 1685. The Whigs, a minority in Parliament,fought to exclude
from the throne.
foughtback by demanding that the English courts make acommon law ruling that would allow
him to enact what wascalled the
would force publicofficials to pass a religious test to become eligible for publicemployment.
planned to convert England into a Catholic nation likeFrance. This led to the English Revolution of 1688 and set the stage for thebirth of Illuminism in Europe on May 6, 1776 through
, a Jesuit philosophy and law professor at the University ofIngolstat in Germany.
developed the concepts of socialprogressivism. The intellectual progressive movement known as
,or the Enlightenment, continued until the French Revolution when the crownheads of Europe realized that the new culture spawned by the aegis of reason fully intended