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.
I have heard a history teacher describe Stalinist Russia as a basically benevolent and prosperous society with a few minor problems. I have looked through a school library for a biography of Mao Zedong, only to find it populated exclusively by hagiographies written by 70s radicals. I have had philosophy teachers who have never heard of Friedrich Hayek. I have been told that dialectical materialism is an indisputable fact in which all historians believe. I have, as mentioned, read course plans which openly instruct teachers to fail students who affirm the existence of human nature or objective truth, and to give good grades to those who regard history as a political tool of the ruling classes. I have had textbooks on 20th century philosophy with dozens of pages devoted to mediocrities like Simone de Beavouir but not a single mention of Wittgenstein or Russell. I have had lessons on the Middle Ages that have consisted almost entirely of infantile urban legends. (Angels on the head of a pin, feudalism, etc.) I have heard of teachers who openly exhort their students to vote Socialist. I have been told that it is racist to pass moral judgment on female genital mutilation.
I suspect that the Russians who pine for the next Stalin (i.e. those who seem to love Putin so much) are as much looking for a personality type rather than the rule - certainly none of them had a family member dragged out of their house in the middle of the night and sent to Siberia and they likely have no idea what they missed out on back then (like those who came over here from Russia and cried upon entering a grocery store because they had just found out).
Those in the West who espouse Stalin, Mao, Che, Chaves, Castro, etc. are idiots - useful or not. They have no understanding of the decay discovered at the fall of the Iron Curtain, they have curiosity as to why Cuba is crumbling, and no willingness to know the truth about those tyrants murders.
Interesting that the same people who claim that history is a political tool of the ruling class are trying to change it to make it their political tool.