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1991!

John – That’s awesome. I just love Communists who waited until it was absolutely clear the Soviets weren’t going to invade their home countries and install a brutal dictatorship before they quit the party. I mean you wouldn’t want to quit the CP in, say, 1989 when there was still a remote chance the hardliners — er, I mean Heroes of the Proletariat — would mount a counter-offensive, shoot both Gorbachev and Yeltsin and then come sweeping across Mittel Europa to destroy the decadent bourgeoise regimes of Western Europe and, later, — fingers crossed! fingers crossed! — crush the evil Americanskis!

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