Eyewitness Report I: The Russian Dilemma March 10, 1957

Senator Henry M. Jackson, march 10, 1957

“Soviet Scientific and technological success contains the seeds of Soviet political failure, which is the ‘Soviet dilemma’! The Kremlin must grant some freedom in order to maintain technical growth, but allowing freedom undermines communist ideology and discipline.

“The Russian leaders are building up a class of thinking people who will not accept Soviet doctrine without questioning it. Their most important goal is to achieve industrial supremacy over the United States. The only way they can hope to do this is be educating people to run the industries, businesses, and laboratories. Thus they are building up a large class of thinking people – and certainly that effort is incompatible with the Soviet system. There is an irreconcilable conflict that they must face up to.”

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