…It should be noted, however, that there is another powerful factor which works against the chance of any kind of peaceful reconstruction and which is equally negative for all levels of society. This is the extreme isolation in which the regime has placed both society and itself. This isolation has not only separated the regime from society, and all sectors of society from each other, but also put the country in extreme isolation from the rest of the world. This isolation has created for all from the bureaucratic elite to the lowest social levels an almost surrealistic picture of the world and of their place in it. Yet the longer this state of affairs helps to perpetuate the status quo, the more rapid and decisive will be its collapse when confrontation with reality becomes inevitable…
— From this excellent (as always) WeaponsMan post
Read the source post in its entirety.
Then consider the similarity/dissimilarity ratio between late-stage USSR, PRNK, and FUSA, from a career bureaucrat/Deep Stater perspective. If you wish, consider the impact (or lack of same) of disruptive technologies on that POV.
Discuss and show your work in comments.
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