As Moscow Sees Us: American Politics and Society in the by Richard M. Mills

By Richard M. Mills

This paintings explores how Soviet analysts interpret American family politics and social events by means of studying their solutions to such questions as: "Who principles America?" "How do those rulers remain in power?" and "How do the most important sessions engage within the American social and political arenas?" generators demonstrates that, regardless of starting to be Soviet knowing of the yank political method and their expanding interpretive emphasis on elites instead of sessions, Soviet research is still restricted through an complex "mindset" that resists amendment. An intimate examine Soviet political considering, this examine additionally considers contemporary adjustments, and the clients for the evolution of a extra subtle framework below perestroika.

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The term middle bourgeoisie was sometimes dropped in favor of nonmonopoly bourgeoisie. In this context Stalin's formula meant that the state was subordinated to only the monopoly bourgeoisie, and that component used the state to pursue its interests against those of all other elements of society: the nonmonopoly bourgeoisie, the petty bourgeoisie, and the proletariat (Kuz'minov 1955; Shneerson 1956). This version of the SMC model, which one Soviet writer aptly called "the system of the dictatorship of the monopolies" (Levin, ed.

In the Marxist view politics derive ultimately from the economic system and directly from the struggle of social classes to keep or obtain power. So, for the Soviets, the politics of Great Britain, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, and the United States are similar less because these countries call themselves democracies than because each has a highly developed capitalist economic and social system. The Soviets consider today's capitalist economic system to be two stages removed from the capitalism Karl Marx described in the mid-nineteenth century.

Foremost was the economic competition among the giant monopolies themselves. Monopoly fought monopoly for the sake of advantage or even elimination. Dog eat dog. . Another obstacle was political. Antitrust legislation was, the Soviets maintain, an early but ineffectual reaction to the appearance of monopolies in the nineteenth century. These laws were an example of the continuing conflict between the two basic factions of the bourgeoisie, the monopolistic and the nonmonopolistic, with the latter strongly backing antitrust policies, although to little avail (Kozlova 1966).

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