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Old 02-01-2011, 03:47 PM
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Default Re: Russian Politics Edition (Daniel Treisman & Ivan Krastev)

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Originally Posted by Simon Willard View Post
The comparison is Russia vs. the rest of the developed world.
I think Diane's point still stands, and I further think that if there are differences among the developed nations of the world, the US as much in the camp of thinking short-term at the expense of long-term considerations as anyone is. This is demonstrated on the foreign policy level (e.g., propping up dictators for the sake of "stability") and in domestic politics (health care? AGW? tax rates?) by both Rs and Ds, and in American's personal habits (e.g., compare savings rates and use of consumer credit).

I don't know much about Russia, so maybe you'll be able to convince me otherwise, but one Brooksian observation from one person will not get it done.
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