Jul 22, 2008

Yuri Maltzev on the post-Cold War superpowers

Strip away the pomp and pretense, and superpowers can be seen as centralized Leviathans that have grown rich and militarily powerful by looting their own vast populations. Sometimes their respective interests require them to oppose each other, as they did in the Cold War. Other times--when, for example, they face "internal" independence movements that threaten the superpower model itself--they work in tandem.

~ Yuri Maltzev, "Chechnya Destroyed," The Free Market, March 1995

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