By Richard M. Mills
This paintings explores how Soviet analysts interpret American family politics and social activities via studying their solutions to such questions as: "Who principles America?" "How do those rulers remain in power?" and "How do the main sessions have interaction within the American social and political arenas?" turbines demonstrates that, regardless of becoming Soviet knowing of the yank political process and their expanding interpretive emphasis on elites instead of sessions, Soviet research remains to be limited through an problematic "mindset" that resists amendment. An intimate examine Soviet political considering, this research additionally considers fresh adjustments, and the customers for the evolution of a extra sophisticated framework less than perestroika.
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In the Marxist view politics derive ultimately from the economic system and directly from the struggle of social classes to keep or obtain power. So, for the Soviets, the politics of Great Britain, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, and the United States are similar less because these countries call themselves democracies than because each has a highly developed capitalist economic and social system. The Soviets consider today's capitalist economic system to be two stages removed from the capitalism Karl Marx described in the mid-nineteenth century.
How Liberal Democracy Developed Soviet analysts maintain that the fate of bourgeois democracy was naturally contingent upon the development of capitalism and the class structure peculiar to it. In particular, in the late nineteenth century, the bourgeoisie differentiated into the monopoly and nonmonopoly divisions with the monopoly faction—big business and big banks—exercising overwhelming political power. And as the twentieth century progressed the once independent small businessmen became increasingly dependent not only upon the faceless power of the financial oligarchy and large corporations but also upon the enormous federal bureaucracy, which coalesced with the monopolies.
Insofar as both have coinciding interests in safeguarding the entire capitalist social system and in exploiting labor as a major source of income, the monopolies are supported by large landowners, rich farmers, the nonmonopoly bourgeoisie, managers, the higher civil servants, the higher labor union officials, and even the most highly paid strata of the workers themselves. However, insofar as the monopolies seek to use the state to redistribute the national income in their own favor, their interests conflict with all, or nearly all, the groups just mentioned—and that creates the possibility of forging an "antimonopoly coalition" composed of the nonmonopoly bourgeoisie and all the exploited groups in society (1968, 57).
As Moscow Sees Us: American Politics and Society in the Soviet Mindset by Richard M. Mills