Monday, April 23, 2007

Boris Yeltsin, R.I.P.

Mr. Yeltsin has passed away. Failed statesman? Perhaps. Given the nature of the totalitarian enterprise that was the Soviet Union, you were never going to get George Washington.

On the other hand, there’s a lot to be said for an incompetent reformer, and the current competent President, who seems more than interested in staying on and making himself Tsar. Or perhaps President-for-Life. I’m sure that a suitably democratic / republican title can be found as a fig leaf for retaining and centralizing power.