Buffers blatant, unintended | Moment's Notice


Last updated 2/10/2018 at Noon

Recently, I audited an economics and history class at Edmonds Community College: "Macroeconomics and American Foreign Policy."

The professors present the concepts of macroeconomics in the real-world context of the 20th century, and in the case of this session, the Soviet Union. I listened, with much more personal context than the twentysomethings in the room, to how the “buffer sectors” of Eastern European countries were exploited to increasing degrees as the USSR transitioned from Lenin to Stalin’s “extensive growth” strategy.

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