Taking on the Bureaucracy

The system is the main barrier to reinvigorating the economy relations, above all economic ones . . . We should, we are bound to attain within the briefest period the most advanced scientific and technical positions, the highest world level in the productivity of social labor." --MIKHAIL GORBACHEV

In his inaugural speech to the Communist Party Central Committee last week, Mikhail Gorbachev got right to the point: his highest priority would be nothing less than a total transformation of the deeply troubled Soviet economy. That may be a far bigger task than any Kremlin chief, even a young and energetic one,...

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