Fascinating stuff. The silver lining is the fact that the Soviet Union did collapse.
Ping for later reading/reference. Great post.
Europe officially rejects capitalism. The Treaty of Lisbon defines the economy of the EU as “social market economy”. That phrase only appears once in the Treaty, but many places elsewhere.
see for example:
SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY EXPLAINED IN A SIMPLE WAY
In order to support the successful introduction of the concept of the Social Market Economy in the Arab World, the Regional Program Near East/Mediterranean has the honor to publish the manual Social Market Economy in the International Work of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Link:
Interesting comment after the gulag question. We are headed for un-PC speech being a crime also.