Djilas, Milovan
March 1980
Foreign Affairs;Spring80, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p851
Academic Journal
The article analyzes the expansionist tendency of Soviet Union in the context of its origins in Czarist Russia to its present communist ideology and system of government. The possibility that the world will awake with surprise one morning to a radical change whether hoped for or feared in the Soviet system of government is so remote that people can only wonder that the prospect continues to tantalize them, provoking a recurrent international concern. The peculiar futility of such speculation seems all the more glaring when people reflect that the Soviet system has presented itself as a monolithic design since its very inception a structure "closed" and made immutable to time even at the very flush of its coming to birth; one paralyzed by its architects at the outset, and rendered immune to mutation, whether of growth or decay. Any system claiming to embody a substantial social entity will gravitate inexorably toward consolidation, and the elimination or exclusion of change. What is unique about the Soviet system is its promotion of this condition by deliberately "conscious" acts and measures, endorsed and enforced by the state on a scale far larger than that to which other systems of government lay claim.


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