We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
So much for working with the Soviets.
Back in the day when the environmental movement was gaining momentum, savants like Barry Weisberg were telling us how capitalism was to blame for environmental degradation. If we were commie, Barry informed us, things would be hunky dory.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, we found out about the death of the Aral Sea- which has apparently been revived somewhat.