Saturday, June 18, 2011
Articles: Confession of a Reluctant Tea-Partier
In the Soviet Union any mass expression of sentiment was by definition a fraud. To participate in a demonstration of any kind meant a waste of a perfectly good day. All organizations got their quotas to provide a certain amount of bodies to march through the town celebrating state holidays. Being a child was no excuse -- I remember taking part in an annual May Day demonstration as a 10-year-old member of an ice-skating girls' group. The sacred duty of any self-respecting citizen was to avoid being drafted at all costs. I could not imagine that intelligent people could spend time and energy coming to a rally of their own free will.