Monday, January 18, 2010

Uncivil Society

According to Stephen Kotkin, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Bloc was not the result of the forces of civil society. Instead it was the failure of "uncivil society"--"the bureaucrats, ideologues, political police, managers and other members of the Communist elite who ran the states of the Soviet bloc in partnership with the Kremlin."

If this analysis is true, then we should seriously rethink the idea that "God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom." Removing the barriers of a tyrannical government will never be enough. The desire for comfort and security often competes with freedom. Hence, Russia is toying with authoritarian rule.

Civil society needs to be cultivated. Freedom is never easy.

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