A Russian's Lament

Democracy must mean much more than sausage

It is not the first time nor, alas, probably the last for this to happen in Russia. The land is going from under our feet; our world is crumbling; and we react only by hoarding salt, sugar and matches. The people berate yet another failed leader and look for a strongman to deliver them. But while we are quick to denounce the leaders, we forget that they cannot be any different from us. Every nation has the leaders it deserves, but I have the uneasy feeling that we have the leaders we want--even if we do not dare admit it. And...

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