Over the weekend, I ran into a 30-something gal who recently arrived in San Francisco from Kyiv, Ukraine.
She is doing graduate work in the states on Russian propaganda and is emphatically anti-Putin. She is also a socialist and apparently is ready for another revolution in Ukraine.
She told me that "all revolutions are good." I said to her that I wasn't sure about that. and specifically mentioned Mao's Cultural Revolution that resulted in many millions dead and the Bolshevik revolution that led to Lenin and Stalin and millions dead in what became the Soviet Union. I recommended to her that she read Death by Government by R. J. Rummel.
I also suggested to her that the revolution in Ukraine was a US instigated color revolution. She said it was a color revolution for sure because she participated in it but she did not think it was U.S. instigated. I mentioned the Victoria Nuland recording which caught Nuland plotting the Ukranian government overthrow.
I also told her she should read Gene Sharp's book, From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation. I told her that it was the manual the CIA used when fomenting trouble outside the United States and it specifically mentioned color revolutions. "I am sure you will find a lot of tactics you used that came right out of that book," I told her. She didn't seem interested in the book.
We also talked about my Private Property Society theory. She objected to the idea of private property. This knocked me backed a bit since the objections I usually get in the U.S. to PPS are about security protection and courts without government, not objections to private property.
I told her that I thought private property was fundamental to a prosperous society. She did not see it that way. She said her favorite Ukranian teacher taught her that first man was a hunter-gatherer, then he became a farmer, then comes socialism, then communism which will ultimately lead to a society without private property.
I tried another tact with her. I had shown her my book collection, so I said, "I don't want to share my books with anyone, It sounds that under your system, I would have to share them, perhaps the communist leaders could take them away from me at the point of a gun."
I emphasized the gun thing a couple of times.
She said, "I don't like this talk of guns."
I replied, "But that is what it would ultimately come down to. I am not going to give up my books unless it is at the point of a gun."
At this point, it seems my books got some kind of special protection in her otherwise non-private property society.
"You will be able to keep your books, No one will take them away from you," she said.
We went on to other topics.