Naval War College Review


Ronald J. Kurth


A standard catechism has developed on change in the Soviet Union. Early in the development of this catechism a procrustean bed was fashioned to which observations and arguments about change in the Soviet Union have been fitted selectively. Now this catechism, one that is remarkably optimistic, has gained permanence through repetition. However, it is too soon, and dangerous, to decide how the rest of the story will run. The supporters of the catechism of optimism seem to include the majority of our countrymen and Western friends.