Mikhail Gorbachev, the greatest magician the world has ever seen. He made the Soviet Union disappear...
Pretty interesing commentary. Even he can see what Putin is. Good post.
“There is a growing feeling that the government is afraid of civil society and would like to control everything...”
Like starting with the take over of health-care?
I do not agree with this man on all things.
I will always remember him as a man of great courage, and was on the world stage when communism did fall. He tried to make it a peaceful transition, and I believe he succeeded.
I will always have great respect for him.
He's learned nothing since the collapse of the former Soviet Union. The "strong industrial base" was so miscoordinated that it was fundamentally unable to produce things that the Russian people actually wanted and needed. The inability to undertake economic calculation is typical of centrally planned economies that lack private ownership of the means of production.
Additionally, whatever industrial base the former S.U. had by 1990 came about because of decades of direct subsidy from the western, semi-capitalist, non-socialist countries (including the U.S.). Read "Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development, 1930 to 1945" by Antony C. Sutton, published by the Hoover Institute.
I.e. the same kind of society (I almost made a Freudian typo: "soviety") which Comrade Hussein plans for us.
There is a growing feeling that the government is afraid of civil society and would like to control everything...
Gee, just like in the USA.
Oh, I forgot, we are Marxist run too.
Their hands (Stalin Lenin Marx) are, and always will be, covered in blood.
Stick that in your NY Times and smoke it.
Gorby cuttled Putin during the last few years of Putin’s open presidency of Russia, and wants a stronger Russia.
Gorby would do anything to be back as premier of the USSR, but Pootie-Poot is next in line for it (should it reappear).