This week people around the world are beginning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest and happiest events in human history - the Fall of the Berlin Wall. On the night of November 9, 1989, the concrete monument and symbol of socialist tyranny was finally breached and for the first time East Berliners were able to set their feet on the free soil of the West without the fear of being gunned down by East German soldiers. As with the commemoration of all great events, it presents an opportunity to contemplate and discuss not only where we are but where we were and what we have learned from the experience. Since this momentous event marked the death throes of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and its socialist/communist puppet regimes, it is an opportunity to contemplate and discuss what we have learned from the failed socialist experiment of the 20th century that cost hundreds of millions of human beings their lives, freedom and prosperity. Furthermore, it presents the opportunity to discuss the questions that academics, historians, journalists and others have been asking since History rendered its verdict in the debate between Individualism & free enterprise/capitalism and Collectivism & socialism/communism - how has socialism managed to survive in the post-Soviet era? Why do we continue to see people repeat the mistakes of the past in countries such as Venezuela and propose to repeat them here in the United States? I’m opening this discussion thread to to hear your personal recollections and observations and I’ll be sharing my own shortly, and since many of us here aren’t old enough to have witnessed the events of November 9, 1989 I’m going to be posting articles, photos and videos concerning the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the events surrounding it throughout this thread. And now, to get started - the history, festivities and personal recollections….