The Soviet Empire: Essay: Why the Empire Should Crumble

People are losing their confidence in perestroika, considering it for the most part to be rhetoric. Many have lost their faith in Mikhail Gorbachev. But the biggest trouble in our house has come from the least expected place: our rich family of nationalities.

Our misfortune is being played out on two fronts: the flare-ups of ethnic $ hatred within the republics and the growing opposition of the republics themselves to Moscow. These calamities have been as unexpected to us as the disintegration of the world colonial system was to many Marxists. We had rejoiced at the crumbling of that system. At...

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