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Who is the historical figure in McCarthy's speech, "When a great democracy is destroyed..."?

Probably Abraham Lincoln. While the specific "quote" is almost certainly manufactured, the core idea could easily have been taken from Lincoln's Lyceum Address. In that speech, Lincoln warned that ...
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Were there any westerners who entered the soviet bloc to escape capitalism?

There was direct migration from Finland to the USSR during the depression era. Presumably similar proportions of the Polish, Romanian and Baltic state populations did likewise. Similarly, several ...
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Did China's life expectancy at birth rise 30.5 years from 1960 to 1980? If so, what were the particular changes made to their society's structure?

"1960 through 1980" is a very interesting choice of time periods. I suspect the claimed increase in life expectancy at birth during that period is true, but it's also misleading. 1960 was the worst ...
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Were there any westerners who entered the soviet bloc to escape capitalism?

Some people did move there in the 1930s. There were two main types: engineers whom the USSR attracted by offering to pay them and communists who were dismayed with the fascist takeovers in Germany and ...
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Why is communism hated by some ppl?

I will try to answer mostly PS. This question is wrong because you address only the "theory" of communism. That is what communists writers write. These ideas indeed had attracted many people in the ...
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Is there any chronology of the repartition of productive capital since -1000 B.C?

This varies with the culture - in ancient Egypt and Babylon the temples claimed ownership of the land, but the peasants had rights to their plots. You will find something similar in all very ...
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Was Fascism capitalist or communist or as many say, was it a "third type" of ideology?

At a very high level economic systems can be classified into 4 groups by two criteria: public or private ownership, and central or decentralized control. Capitalism as commonly practiced in English-...
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Why was the US table tennis team sent to communist China even after a difference in ideology?

In 1971 or thereabouts, President Richard Nixon decided on a policy of "normalization" of relations with China. The arrival of the U.S. pingpong team was the first "feeler" in this process. This was ...
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Were there any westerners who entered the soviet bloc to escape capitalism?

Lee Harvey Oswald moved to the USSR for political reasons. However, he found the USSR no more to his liking, because he was mental and was not going to be satisfied by anything. He soon moved back. ...
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Did China's life expectancy at birth rise 30.5 years from 1960 to 1980? If so, what were the particular changes made to their society's structure?

Actually, growth in life expectancy in China looks even better if you start from the end of the Chinese revolution (say, 1950). A nice paper on this with charts of provincial-level morality (infant ...
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What made capitalism different from previous forms of manufacture and trade?

As I said above, Wikipedia provides a fairly thorough explanation. Briefly though capitalism focuses on the role of capital in production. Summarizing a complex concept into a simple sentence, ...
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Is there any chronology of the repartition of productive capital since -1000 B.C?

I think this is a very legitimate question, though it is probably not possible to answer it due to the paucity of statistical material in the pre-modern period. But it is possible to pose it from a ...
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Were there any westerners who entered the soviet bloc to escape capitalism?

John Nash tried to defect to East Germany multiple times. He was forcibly returned. There were several Americans who defected to North Korea and some still live there.
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Were there any westerners who entered the soviet bloc to escape capitalism?

This wasnt to the Soviet Union, rather to China, but during the cold war at the end of the Korean Conflict 21 Americans chose to defect to China rather than return to the USA. I work with the ...
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Were there any westerners who entered the soviet bloc to escape capitalism?

Yes, there were many examples like this. First period was in 1920-s when some people really moved to build socialism. Including some from the USA. Then there was a period in 1930-s when many people ...
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