The Russian social contract

Then the deal was peace in exchange for freedom:

“… The USSR suffered from intense war trauma: the war that had been a subject of idle chatter in the 1930s became a reality when the Soviet Union was attacked from the West by Nazi Germany, which advanced all the way to Moscow and the Volga River; 20 to 30 million classmates, loved ones, and co-workers were killed. Soviet leaders promised their people that this would never happen again. There would be trade-offs: some shortages perhaps and some restrictions, but no one would kill their loved ones and classmates again.

“Peace was part of the post-war, late Soviet-era social contract between the authorities and the people: the population was ready to sacrifice prosperity and even freedom for peace. …” — Ever So Great: The Dangers of Russia’s New Social Contract

The new deal may be greatness in exchange for freedom. That’s more dangerous. The link is from The Pergelator, here.

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