Dangers of Democracy

  • Paul M. Sweezy
  • Harry Magdoff
Keywords: History, Political Economy


An unusually frank article by a leading figure in the Soviet Union about the political obstacles to perestroika appeared during the summer in The New York Review of Books (August 16, 1990). The article reflects an ongoing search for a firm class basis on which the newly emerging rulers can rely to support the social transformation now under way. It also reveals a line of thinking that leads to a politics of repression, calling for a governmental structure capable of restraining strikes and preventing popular struggles from getting out of hand. The author is Gavriil Popov, the recently elected mayor of Moscow and editor of the journal Issues of Economics. The article's title is the same as the one above, except that Popov's title has no question mark after it.
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