Reform Impossible?

On Twitter, I've seen several replies to Keith Gessen's response to William Taubman's new biography of Mikhail Gorbachev. I'm writing this having not yet read the book, although I think now I'll have to add it to the to-do list. The passage I want to respond to—and about which I think Gessen does a good job … Continue reading Reform Impossible?

Resurrected: “It’s Pronounced Pick-a-TEE, Comrade”

This and other posts titled "Resurrected" are reposts from an earlier blog I kept that now, thanks to no longer being affiliated with UNC–Chapel Hill, I cannot continue to use. I'm adding them to jumpstart the process, and to provide some examples of the kind of commentary I envision adding in the coming weeks and … Continue reading Resurrected: “It’s Pronounced Pick-a-TEE, Comrade”