RussiaLets consider a topic I have not yet written about--Russia. To understand themisalliance, we must look back over time.The economic problems in Russia go back to before the Bolsheviks. One of thereasons for the economic decline is the absence of primogeniture in Czarist Russia.Feel free to Google the topic.The second reason is the failure of leadership to understand that while propaganda mayfool some foreigners, it wont fool the citizens. They must live under the conditions asthey are, not as they are defined or described. In short--when everyone ownseverything, no one owns anything. Reported in the news over four decades ago.Eighty-five percent of the food grown in the Soviet Union is grown on fifteen percent ofthe land. We are not discussing surficial geology. We are talking about the 15% of theland allocated to the farmer for his personal use. This was a problem the Pilgrimsconfronted in Colonial New England. They resolved the issue more expediently.(Change or starve.)With this much established, a centralised government, provided little or no opportunityfor the independence that fosters creativity. However, there is more. The lessons ofthe revolution. For those who read Dantons Death by Georg Büchner: The Lessons ofthe Revolution: "They are suspect, we are suspect, all are suspect."However, the Soviet Union is no longer in business. Today, President Vladimir Putin ismoving Russia into a free-market economy, moving Russia into the WTO. These arepositive moves. However, what happened in between?Russia had a startling success with Sputnik in 1957. However, it was not long before theU.S. put a man into space and a man on the Moon.Soon after, we saw some rather iconic images. The Gdansk Shipyard Strike. Then:Ronald Reagan, a President of Mythic Proportions single-handedly tearing down theBerlin Wall. The collapse of the Soviet Union. And, most poignantly, the unbridledsuccess of Chinas economy. Too, there was the reunification of Germany and the starkcontrasts that were revealed.The problem President Putin has in his efforts to move the Russian economy forwardand upward is this simple--he must contend with the fact that there are still a fewmembers of the Old Soviet Guard who "remember a better time".
Quite frankly, I believe President Putin will succeed. Still, globally, there are many oldwounds that have not yet healed. Many slights, embarrassments, "awkward moments"in diplomacy. The "companionable" silence. Complicity in excruciatingly politebehaviour. And, there is another factor:"It is a universal condition: We refuse to accept that all alliances and enmities aretransitory." Slim Fairview. From The Quotations of Slim Fairview.Regards,Slimslimfairview@yahoo.comCopyright (c) 2012 Slim FairviewAll rights reserved.