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As a 19-year-old first-year student, perhaps I do not have the qualifications to merit a serious argument on political ideologies. Many times I believed myself to have a flawless argument in a particular field of philosophy, only for it to be struck down simply when I presented it from a perspective I failed to consider. Thus, I became determined to consider all possible perspectives before presenting any of my future arguments, and indeed, I noticed how weak many of my arguments were. Yet, one of my arguments has repeatedly stood out, no matter how much scrutiny I subject it to: The defective nature of conservatism.
A ghost of the Cold War is walking again. Masha Gessen “wakens up the dead” to appeal to sensibilities of those who are more inclined to celebrate an analogy between the Russian and Soviet states and then question the validity or origins of such a projection. In her recent opinion piece “Did the Soviet Union Really End?” she declares contemporary Russia to be an heir to a Soviet totalitarianism. She brings back this dramatic, half-century-old cliche, to mobilize Americans again against the old enemy.