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John Dewey & Soviet Progressives
Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 28, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 10/28/2010 5:23:03 AM PDT by Academiadotorg

It turns out that progressive educator John Dewey’s books were not only influential in the United States. “Dewey’s first six books were rapidly translated into Russian,” historian Paul Kengor said in a conference sponsored by the group America’s Survival. “They told John Dewey his books were perfect for what they were trying to do in the USSR.”

Kengor spoke at the America’s Survival conference at the National Press Club on October 21, 2010.

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Education; Government; History
KEYWORDS: johndewey; progressives; ussr

1 posted on 10/28/2010 5:23:07 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

Dewey, one of 7 men who rule the world from the grave....

2 posted on 10/28/2010 5:37:22 AM PDT by G Larry
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To: Academiadotorg
It would be more accurate that say that John Dewey and his ideological peers created the USSR.

Dewey had written more then a dozen books by 1917 (the year of the revolution that created the USSR) all dedicated to furthering socialism and he had already helped spawn the modern educational system in America.

His ties to the Fabian society are clear as is his membership in the American Fabian society. As students of history we can easily see that the Fabian society was a primary financier of the Russian revolution.

3 posted on 10/28/2010 6:05:52 AM PDT by Durus (The distance between us has grown, and I struggle to quantify it. Windage adjustments are done.)
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To: Academiadotorg

A long time ago the Black Avenger Ken Hamblin was on the radio....This Dem Congressman warned in 1944 of what we are now seeing in the USA today!

Instead of reading Stop Australia Going Under, it should read STOP AMERICA FROM GOING UNDER.

Stop Australia Going Under
Reprinted from political ad in the Western Australian Sunday Times, December 3, 1995

In 1944, Democratic U.S. Congressman Samuel Pettengill warned America that socialists would endeavor to have the U.S. spend itself into bankruptcy, with a view to making citizens totally dependent on a centralized government.
Pettengill detailed TEN POINTS of the socialist manifesto that would destroy free government. Almost 50 years later, down under in Australia, it is disturbing to reflect on Pettengill’s 10 points.

1) People must be made to feel their utter helplessness and their inability to solve their own problems. While in this state of mind, there is held up before them a benign and all-wise leader to whom they MUST look to the cure for all their ills.

2) The principle of local self-government must be WIPED OUT, so that this leader or group in control can have all the political power readily at hand.

3) Constitutional guarantees must be swept aside. This accomplished in part by RIDICULING them as outmoded and an obstruction to progress.

4) Public faith in the legal profession and respect for the courts must be undermined. The law making body must be intimidated and from time to time rebuked, so as to prevent the development of public confidence in it.

5) Economically, the people must be ground down by high taxes, which under one pretext or another they are called upon to pay. Thus they are brought to a common level and all income above a meager living is taken from them. In this manner, economic independence is kept to a minimum.

6) A great public debt must be built so the citizens can never escape its burden, making government the virtual receiver for the entire nation.

7) A general distrust of private business and industry must be kept alive so the public may not begin to rely on its own resources.

8) Government bureaus are set up to control practically every phase of the citizen’s lives.

9) The education of the youth of the nation is taken under CONTROL so that all may be indoctrinated at an early age with a spirit of submission to the system.

10) To supplement and fortify all the foregoing, there is kept up a steady stream of GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA designed to extol all who bow the knee and to vilify those who dare raise a voice of dissent.

Samuel Barret Pettengill U. S. Congressman 1886-1974 Reprinted from an article in Ken Hamblin ‘Talks with America’ News letter Feb. 19. 1996 P.O.. Box 562 Castle Rock, CO 80104

PETTENGILL, Samuel Barrett, (nephew of William Horace Clagett), a Representative from Indiana; born in Portland, Oreg., January 19, 1886; in 1892 moved to Vermont with his father, who settled on a farm in Grafton, Windham County; attended the common schools; was graduated from Vermont Academy at Saxtons River in 1904, from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., in 1908, and from the law department of Yale University in 1911; was admitted to the bar in 1912 and commenced practice in South Bend, Ind.; member of the board of education of South Bend, 1926-1928; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate for renomination in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of law; newspaper columist 1939-1948; vice president and general counsel of the Transportation Association of America, 1943-1945; national radio commentator, 1946-1948; attorney for the Pure Oil Co., Chicago, Ill., 1949-1956; consultant, the Coe Foundation, 1956-1965; resided at his boyhood farm near Grafton, Vt.; died in Springfield, Vt., March 20, 1974; interment in Grafton Village Cemetery, Grafton, Vt.

4 posted on 10/28/2010 6:26:57 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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But how long did Dewey’s books stay in print in the Soviet Union? To be fair, Dewey’s ideas on “progressive” education were in vogue during the early years of Soviet rule, but Stalin did away with them.

Later, Dewey became one of the most outspoken members of the American left in his condemnation of Stalin’s purge trials.

5 posted on 10/28/2010 6:29:16 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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Actually, the epilogue to Dewey in the Soviet Union was almost comic.

It began before Lenin was in power, after the overthrow of the Czar, when the short lived democratic government was in power. The history of that period sounds like something crafted in the minds of Monty Python comedians. Many are the times when you shake your head and ask how sane people could do such things.

Led by the neurotic, paranoid and arrogant jackass Aleksandr F. Kerensky(*), the first order of their Menshavik-controlled Duma, or parliament, was the infamous “Order Number One”, which abolished the rank structure in the Russian army. In the middle of World War I. All decisions were to be made by voice vote.

It went downhill from there. Both the Menshaviks and the Bolsheviks were filled to the brim with socialist theory of the lowest order of moonbattery, and wanted to try it out at full strength, without testing first.

When Lenin finally took power, he decided to do everything socialist, and all at once. He fired the Russian bureaucracy, which was dominated by Germans, by the way, and had been for a hundred years. This of course slammed the brakes on the government doing anything, so he had to rehire everybody who had been fired within a week.

He decided to try and institute an experiment in “free love”, which lasted, well, um, probably under five minutes, and ended up with fistfights, venereal disease and unplanned pregnancies.

He ordered the schools to adopt Dewey’s educational philosophies, and the test scores at the end of the semester were so abysmal, that he instituted the strictest form of European standards education, kind of a mix between the German and French forms. Rigid classrooms.

Then he went for farm collectivization, which so effectively ruined Russian agriculture, that Lenin had to institute the New Economic Plan, which was basically taxed capitalism. The NEP-men restored the economy, for which they were promptly shot when Stalin came into power.

(*) Kerensky bugged out at the first sign of trouble, ending up in the United States, where he would give the occasional lecture, lying like a dog and blaming every other person in the world but himself, for his awful mistakes. He finally died of old age, in 1970.

6 posted on 10/28/2010 7:16:04 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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