The Soviet System: From Crisis to Collapse

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124.
Khrushchev Remembers, p. 353.
125.
See Heer, op. cit., Chap 3; Michel Tatu, Power in the Kremlin, New York, Viking, 1970, p. 249; Carl Linden, Khrushchev and the Soviet Leadership, 1957-1964, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1966, pp. 147, 158, 180; Roy Medvedev, On Soviet Dissent, Interviews with Piero Ostellino, New York, Columbia University Press, 1980, p. 57; and Keep, op. cit., pp. 25, 34.
130.
Voprosy Istorii, No. 7, 1985, pp. 3, 10, as noted and translated by John Keep, Moscow's Problems of History: A Select Critical Bibliography of the Soviet Journal "Voprosy Istorii," Ottawa, Carleton University, 1986, p. 6.
131.
See Yegor Yakovlev's report in Moscow News, No. 8, Feb. 22, 1987, p. 8. Gorbachev's speech was printed in Pravda, Feb. 15, 1987.
132.
Gorbachev, Perestroika, p. 80.
178.
Soviet surveys have revealed the weak attraction of Marxist-Leninist ideology for much of the population, particularly the young. See Sotsiologicheskiye issledovaniya (Moscow), No. 4, 1987; and Sobesednik (Moscow), No. 39, 1987. It is not accidental, then, that much of the anti-Stalinist literature has appeared in publications such as Yunost' and Sobesednik, which are aimed at Soviet youth.

18 Advances and Debts

NIKOLAI SHMELEV

The state of the economy satisfies no one. Its two central defects, its built-in defects, so to speak—a producer's monopoly in conditions of universal shortages and enterprises' lack of interest in scientific and technical progress—are doubtless clear to everyone. But it is equally clear that no one is prepared to claim that he has a workable prescription for ridding us of those defects in practice rather than in theory. We all have more questions than answers, and it will take a lot more argument and discussion before we can grope our way to those sorely needed answers.

In terms of the hopes that they have aroused and in terms of their depth, frankness and boldness, the past two years' discussions of our problems have constituted a genuine rebirth of our public thought and national self-awareness. The 27th Party Congress marked the start of revolutionary changes in the life of our society. And the forthright and honest discussion of urgent economic questions is a most important manifestation of that process.

The causes for the economy's blocked arteries and reduced blood flow have already been made clear. The principle that administrative methods must be re

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