The Orphan People

America has founding fathers. Much of the rest of the world has founding tyrants. Perhaps this explains today’s many stark differences between the US and everyone else. I was born in the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine four months before USSR’s collapse. Now, over two and a half decades later, Ukraine, Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe is still struggling to recover from the havoc of Lenin, Stalin, and others. The damage is staggering. Take Stalin for example. Historians estimate that his rule alone was responsible for the deaths of at least 20 million people — his own Soviet...

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