When I came to America in 1980 and experienced life in this country, I thought it was fortunate that those living in the USSR did not know how unfortunate they were.
Now in 2009, I realize how unfortunate it is that many Americans do not understand how fortunate they are. They vote to give government more and more power without understanding the consequences.
USSR, 1959: I am a "young pioneer" in school. History classes remind us that there is a higher authority than their parents and teachers: the leaders of the Communist Party.
USSR, 1959: Whenever I speak about my experiences living in the USSR, my American friends respond that such things can never happen in a democracy like the United States.
About Svetlana Kunin
Svetlana Kunin, an IBD subscriber and retired software developer, lived in the Soviet Union until 1980 and now lives in Connecticut. In the Soviet Union, she was a civil engineer.