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A Tale of John Dewey's Ideas and the Woman Who Brought Down the Berlin Wall

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Feinstein School of Education and Human Development

Abstract

Here is a perfectly plausible theory, even more so as the two last American presidents seemingly supported it. Once upon a time there were two military and ideological blocks: the Western democracies and Communist totalitarianism. They fought the Cold war, which the Western block has won, and the Communist block has lost. Two main strategies greatly contributed to the fall of the Communism: an arms race that exhausted Soviet economic power, and an ideological struggle that weakened the Soviet regime from inside. If this is true, American governments may rightfully claim credit for the victory. Moreover, if this is true, United States should use similar approaches to dismantling other Communist and authoritarian regimes throughout the world. However, this theory has a flaw _ it has very little in common with the realities of the Soviet Union I knew.

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