Should we celebrate the fall of the Soviet Union

Marta Russell ap888 at
Sat Jul 11 06:14:28 PDT 1998

michael perelman wrote:
> We should mourn the end of the USSR, if for no other reason than it allowed
> the US to drop any humanitarian pretenses. Now it is free to smash unions and
> dictate terms to small countries without any need to maintain a humanitarian
> facade.
> --

Yes, I think the Soviet Union and East Germany served as some kind of countervailing force against the grossest outcomes of capitalism. Having an existing alternative socialist economy seems to have mitigated or kept things somewhat in check - but the cat sure is out of the bag now.

Three strikes and I'm out for today!

Marta Russell

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