Where’s Our Gorbachev?

The United States today isn’t on the verge of a Soviet-style disintegration — but neither is there any force at the top willing and able to reform our political system.

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It has been almost thirty years, the span of a generation, since the Soviet Union disappeared virtually overnight. Along with it went the Soviet empire. Eastern European countries that had been vassals of Moscow since the end of World War II became independent and free. Other European empires had come to an end a few […]

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