The area in which the Ancient Romans did leave a body of thought, and one that has had lasting influence and significance for future generations, especially in the West up until our own time was in the area of law and contract.
The Motorcycle Diaries has nothing to do with coming-of-age issues, rather it is a “hippie discovers communism” kind of story.
Jean-Paul Sartre in particular is a case-study of the type of intellectual who is a life-long supporter of tyranny. He promoted the farce called existentialism. He was a communist and in bed with the Soviet regime. He even had a role to play in Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge nightmare.
Execution by Hunger is an important book for offering a glimpse of the horrible crimes committed by Stalin’s communist regime.
Let us not forget that over the last hundred years virtually every form of collectivism has been tried – socialism, communism, fascism, Nazism, interventionism, welfare statism – and each has failed. There is only one “ism” left to fill this vacuum in the face of collectivism’s failures.
The Soviet nightmare of “socialism-in-practice” was over.
What was Khrushchev’s role in Stalin’s mass terror campaigns against the Communist Party members and the general population?
The concept “enemy of the people” actually eliminated the possibility of any kind of ideological fight or the making of one’s views known on this or that issue, even [issues] of a practical nature