Monday, July 18, 2005

Endless Horizons - II

Publius Pundit has an item about the Russian youth group "Nashi" (Ours). Putin and assorted sidekicks, including the soulful Vladislav Surkov, have pledged to make the group "the heirs to the government". The blog comments:
The potential and power of a country’s motivated youth can be either a revolutionary blessing or a curse. It can be seen from the American anti-war movement of the early ’70s to the Ukrainian PORA group that helped organize the Orange Revolution. Deeply authoritarian governments realize this and use it to their benefit by creating such groups to support their regimes. Think Hitler Youth, something a liberal democratic government would never need to or be able to create.

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