RUSSIA: Nonstop Performance

The whole Soviet Union had a holiday last week to celebrate the tenth anniversary of "the only thoroughly democratic constitution in the world." All papers carried huge pictures of Stalin; the document's seven other top founding fathers went unmentioned.* "Our greatest happiness," explained Izvestia, "is being able to live under the sun of the Stalin Constitution, each article of which is sacred for us."

In George Orwell's Animal Farm, the constitution was finally reduced to one article: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." The Stalin Constitution...

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