Jul 13, 2022
In General Discussion
In other words, I wanted to reflect Country Email List that in order to get what they needed for life, people had to take into account that official structure and use it voluntarily or involuntarily. For all kinds of things they needed that Country Email List structure: to obtain consumer goods, to ensure that children receive a proper education, etc. There they operated in the interstices through personalistic connections. It is important to stress the Country Email List importance of the Soviet term ' blat' . Blat is a system of reciprocal Country Email List exchange of favors: I have the opportunity to do certain things for you because of my position; you, on the other hand, have other opportunities and can do other things for me. But it is not a raw Country Email List relationship that can be monetized and the compensation does not have to be immediate either. No, it is a continuous balance. In fact, in this economy of favors we consider ourselves friends, although to a certain extent it is an instrumental friendship. That way of operating, which I Country Email List became aware of because I was in the USSR in the 1960s and saw it first hand, was very important, in my opinion, from the beginning. It is interesting that in China, where the term Country Email List to define this type of favor economy, the system is prevalent and many trace it back to traditional Chinese roots. The truth is that there they have an institutional structure and similar Country Email List responses, analogous ways of dealing with it and avoiding it in order to develop. You wrote a book about Stalinism's pinnacle of power. I am referring to The Stalin Team , which you yourself defined as " a kind Country Email List of ethnography of the Politburo " .