And this list is far away of being complete!
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Émigrés from the Soviet Union have been reporting for at least the last generation now that virtually nobody in that country truly believed in Marxism-Leninism any longer, and that this was nowhere more true than in the Soviet elite, which continued to mouth Marxist slogans out of sheer cynicism. The corruption and decadence of the late Brezhnev-era Soviet state seemed to matter little, however, for as long as the state itself refused to throw into question any of the fundamental principles underlying Soviet society, the system was capable of functioning adequately out of sheer inertia and could even muster some dynamism in the realm of foreign and defense policy. Marxism-Leninism was like a magical incantation which, however absurd and devoid of meaning, was the only common basis on which the elite could agree to rule Soviet society.
ATTENTION GRABBERS: OPENING AND CLOSING
Much has been made over the yearsabout the importance of experience – very simply, of working at one’scraft…whatever might be. In RobertTownsend’s critically-acclaimed feature film The Five Heartbeats, thecentral character is an aspiring writer. We hear the statement made by thischaracter (played by Townsend) “To be a true writer,you have to suffer before learning what writing really is.”