My friend is a hard core, card-carrying member of the Parti communiste français — and a strict Lacanian psychoanalyst to boot. By hard core I mean he spends his long French vacation in the Soviet Union (although with precautions: the bottom of his suitcase is lined with Kool cigarettes and soft Western toilet paper, scarce necessities that can also be used as currency at his destination).
I give him a hard time about The Party and the Soviet Union’s dismal record on personal freedoms. For example, why must Jews list their nationality as Jewish on their identification papers? “Do you not realize that the designation has been used by Soviet officials to bar entry into prestigious tech institutes?” His reply made me shudder:
“No, no no. The Constitution protects the rights and personal freedom of all. With one exception: The Enemy Of The People. Their nature is such that they can’t have any rights.”