The telephone call I was referring to making a call to Russia in the 60s. So you don't believe that communications to and from totalitarian regimes have been improved by the push of information transparency?
As for making a historical comparison that is hardly mis-direction. Perestroika was informatic transparency
that transparency led to some more freedom all be it
limited that led to a daisy chain of events that led to your current job.
So what I am saying is without reform in Russia you would not be posting on the web we could not be able to call there and you would not have the job you have.
To say history is not important is like saying the future does not exist.
Progress and history share the same future.
While I don't live in the past, precedence within the context of past events gives perspective to current and future events.
I figured that you live so ~close to China you could swing by and get me a six.