Peace with Russia? October 4, 1959

Averell Harriman, October 4, 1959

“The United States should adopt a new concept in dealing with Russia – stressing democracy against dictatorship rather than capitalism against communism, the dignity of the individual against the almighty state.

“Captialism in the minds of the peoples of Asia is almost synonymous with colonialism. It seems to me that we should not permit Mr. Kruschev or any other communist to write us down as the standard bearer of capitalism. Our economic system has little resemblance to the century-old Marxist concept of capitalism and we should abandon the word. We are a democracy against a dictatorship.”

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