The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future - Vol. 1

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The Passage to New Russia and Some Thoughts on Its Alternative Constitutional Order

ANATOLY P. FEDOSEYEV


The Unique Stability of "Mature Socialism" and Its Extraordinary Resistance to Change

Changes of government and even changes of state systems are now happening very frequently. Nowadays, there is no stability of authority. However, at the same time, even down-and-out socialist countries, which are multiplying at a high rate, are extraordinarily stable. They display exceptional resistance to any change, and attempts to change them internally, from above, from below, or from the outside, are quickly exhausted without any results.

The U.S.S.R. is the first and foremost of the socialist countries. Its stability is exceptional in comparison to any other country, including imperial Russia. Even the change of a top leader does not make much difference. The cause of this exceptional stability is actually very simple. The U.S.S.R. as a whole is the property of the State. It is managed by a single authority which is called the Politburo. Despite its origin as an organ of the Communist Party, the Politburo is the actual government. Exactly the same

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