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You're reading: Martin Foley and Martin Nunn: Making Ukrainian democracy work

First of
all the Ukrainian people should not beat themselves up over the fact as the British
have been working on theirs since the 1600’s and the Americans since the 1750’s
and many, in both nations, would say that they still don’t have it right.  Democracy like societies evolve over time and
Ukraine
is at a very early stage in that evolutionary process.  The real question is not; ‘Are we a
democracy?’ but ‘Are we on the right path to build a viable democracy?’ and
these are two very different questions.

The people
of Ukraine like all the
other countries of the former Soviet Union
were subjected to 70 years of the most intensive political indoctrination the
world has ever known.  The Soviet system
combined all the evolving techniques of propaganda with psychology,
intimidation and mass media to convince its citizens that they lived in a neigh
perfect socialist world. 

Political indoctrination
was bannered across streets, factories and schools, the papers carried
political change as headline news, radio and later television carried the
messages the central government wanted the people to hear. 

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