Capitalism eventually disappeared but they didnt want

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capitalism eventually disappeared but they didn’t want to take stalin from power exaggeration of menace of capitalism abroad began in 1924 all of the above did a lot to shape the Soviet power bureaucracies that did not support the dictator and spreading his power/message by making foreign enemies were not successful “perfection of dictatorship” part two political personality of soviets concepts that relate to the soviet regime itself there is inherent hostility between capitalism and socialism imbedded in soviet power assumed that capitalists are out to get the soviets if the regime ever compromises with capitalism, it should be seen as a strategic move to deal with the enemy infallibility of the kremlin party leadership must stay in one, “sole repository of proof” iron discipline of communist party truth is created by the leaders long-term power goals hard to figure out how to deal with Soviets for Americans not like hitler/napolean way for America to deal with Soviets long term, patient containment of Russian expansion part three soviet pressure can be contained by “vigilant application of counter-force at a series of constantly shifting geographical and political points, corresponding to the shifts and maneuvers of soviet policy” soviet ideology assumes that West does not have control of its economy and that Russia will be united for a long time communists ensured discipline to the utmost way possible, but at a huge cost of human life limits to the places people will go (i.e. gulags) youngest generation is the hope soviet economy is up and down uncertainty in political life uncertainty in transfer of power from one group to another ex. Lenin to Stalin cost millions of lives took 12 years problems in the party party does not meet enough – supposed to meet once every three years, 1938 had not met in 8 yrs during this 8 yrs, party membership doubled same small group of men controls everything
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divergence in age/outlook/interest between party members no “political intimacy” soviet power “crust concealing an amorphous mass of human beings among whom no independent organizational structure is tolerated” (124-125) future of party not as secure as it appears part four US cannot expect friendship with soviet regime political rival, not partner possibilities for America to influence Russia can’t do it alone America’s relations with soviet union dependent on the worth of US as a “nation among nations” to avoid destruction US must uphold traditions and prove its worth PART II, CHAPTER TWO: AMERICA AND THE RUSSIAN FUTURE part one Americans viciously reject the Russian movement we want an alternative movement to take its place the best way we know to take a place is war “Some Americans all already reverting…to the American bad habit of assuming that there is something final and positive about a military decision” (129) this is wrong b/c we would probably win against the soviets, but this wouldn’t change the problem of ideology
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