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On the anniversary of Khruschev’s speech

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Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag, on the 50th anniversary of Nikita Khrushchev’s famous “secret speech”:

Clearly there is a lesson here for those who would bring down totalitarian regimes, and it concerns timing: The death of a dictator or the toppling of his statues does not necessarily mean that a complete political transformation has occurred, or even that one will occur soon. On the contrary, it takes a very, very long time — more than a generation — for a political class to free itself of the authoritarian impulse. People do not easily give up the ideology that has brought them wealth and power. People do not quickly change the habits that they’ve incurred over a lifetime.

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One Response to “On the anniversary of Khruschev’s speech”

  1. Pete
    at 10:52 am on February 27, 2006

    Clearly there is a lesson here for an in-over-his-head Texas playboy.

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