Get them while they’re young

| March 24, 2009

My daughter — who spent 16 months in Russia (her husband spent 22 months there as well) — had the following observation about my link this morning regarding the House bill on compulory youth service (the first link was in the e-mail; I inserted the second link):

Your entry today on your blog about the national youth “volunteer” organization made me think about the same type of thing that the USSR had. I remember talking [while in Russia] to a lot of the older people who remembered going to those youth camps as children. The USSR was very heavy on the indoctrination thing, obviously, and it’s scary to think of the parallels of what Obama’s administration is pushing, uniforms and all.

At this point, I’m just waiting for [the US Government] to start state-sponsored preschool/daycare facilities as well. That’s one of the things that has always stuck with me from Russia. They start the kids as young as around 3, and whether the parents work or not they send them there for the better part of the day. And the people who worked with the kids were not called teachers, significantly, but vospitateli (from the verb vospitat, meaning to raise or bring up). It’s effective, get the kids as young as possible, start indoctrination young and teach them to rely on the state – not the parents – for everything. For the parents, hand the kids over to the state so the parents can go do their thing and not be burdened with childrearing. Between the preschool/daycare program and summer camps, they had the kids indoctrination covered.

And tangentially off one of the other topics, correct me if I’m remembering this wrong, but didn’t Putin’s administration seize one of the biggest companies in Russia (one of the oil companies) ostensibly because it posed a threat of some sort, but really because the head of the company was saying unfavorable things about Putin? I don’t remember the details, but that comes to mind when I think of the government being able to seize companies.

Anyway, just some thoughts.

Indeed.  ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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