European countries in the Eastern Bloc were faced with a dilemma after the fall of Soviet Russia. They were tasked with transitioning from a centrally planned economy to a market-based one. That proved more difficult for some than for others. How quickly those countries should make the transition was also a hot topic of debate. Gently nudge the economy along, or rip off the bandage and change everything all at once? Nobel laureate Gary Becker lays out his main reason to fast-track the process, “In any country when you experience rapid change, the window of opportunity to make major changes …
The Nativist Right likes to tell the history of the West through the prism of conflict between Christendom and Islam. One founding myth is the Battle of Vienna in 1683 when united Christian armies saved Europe from Muslim Ottoman Turks. Dead Wrong®.
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