“Free” Enterprise

Back in 1986 I was in Moscow for the Perestroika speech, and I was at the University of Moscow that week to talk to students about computers.

Their interest in computers was vastly overshadowed by interest in my home, my cars…and “free enterprise” in general.

I tried to explain that the coming “free enterprise” meant that they would have to give up their subsidized subway tickets, their subsidized food, their subsidized medical, their subsidized rent…

“No!  No!” they replied! “We want to keep all of that, but we want free enterprise – you know…more money!”

With the Obama administration, perhaps the Moscow students were closer to reality than was I.

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One Response

  1. Wow. Few blog posts could be described as profound, but this is definitely one of them.

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