A Confederacy of Oligarchs

When we “won” the Cold War and the Soviet Union dissolved, Russia began to adopt “free market” reforms, including privatization and allowing ownership of private property. Naturally, sociopaths of all kinds grabbed all of the power and property that they could, leading to a sort of wild-west capitalism in which the strong and corruptible made out like bandits while the average citizen suffered and paid their new, greedy landlords. The more inclined you were to cheat, steal, and threaten violence, the more successful you became. The oligarchy of the Soviet Union gave way to the mobster oligarchy of Russia.

By Richard Leeming from London, UK — Brexit Banner, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71164466

Writer, painter, cat fancier, troublemaker, democratic socialist, & antifascist.

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