Those 'crazy' people arrested in communist countries

As a kid growing up Cuban in the U.S., I remember hearing stories of how the Castro regime would call you "crazy" and throw you in jail.  It happened to 20-something Cubans who wanted to listen to The Beatles, for example, and to others who wanted to watch Western films like La Dolce Vita.  (For more on this, you may want to read Against All Hope by Armando Valladares.) It's an old lefty trick: to shut down political debate by simply calling you crazy. In fact, it happened in the USSR, too, as I saw last year in this article:   In 1963, Russian poet Joseph Brodsky was seized and sent to a mental institution.  At his trial the following year, authorities charged the 24-year-old with "social parasitism" and called him a "pseudo-poet in velveteen trousers."  He had failed to "fulfill his constitutional duty to work honestly for the good of the...(Read Full Post)