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November 29, 2022



I can't comment on the similarities between Soviet and contemporary US institutions. But whatever their faults, I'm not sure socialist education systems reduced everyone to the lowest common denominator. Mathematicians, scientists, engineers, linguists and musicians educated in the Soviet bloc were as well taught as those educated in the West. Mediocrity certainly abounded in Soviet society, but I suspect the reasons for that lay beyond its schools and universities, in a political and economic system riddled with corruption and perverse incentives.

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