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4 Fletcher F. 93 (1980)
Trends in Economic Samizdat

handle is hein.journals/forwa4 and id is 99 raw text is: ALLEN: ECONOMIC SAMIZDAT

ty of law professors to find dubious points of logic or concept is not itself sur-
prising. And it must be remembered that even though the Executive Branch
has won for the moment, Constitutional vagueness and the conduct of foreign
relations will not end. The burden of seeking Senatorial advice and consent or
formal Congressional support for a treaty denunciation is not unduly onerous
once it is conceived that the Executive Branch has no monopoly on wisdom and
that in practice the requirement of consultation is likely to defuse situations of
potential confrontation. Indeed, had there been the kind of consultation in
this case that Judge Gasch noted had been practiced in many previous situa-
tions without bringing legal powers of the Congress and the President into con-
frontation, it seems likely that this entire fuss could have been avoided. And if
the feelings in the Senate or the Congress as a whole are sufficiently inflamed
over the issues of policy involved in an initiative by the President to denounce a
treaty, it would seem advisable from any but the most rigid and authoritarian
point of view to reconsider the policy and see if some accommodation can be
worked out through normal political processes.
The collection of unofficial writings                     Trends       in
in the U.S.S.R. known as samizdat,
although widely publicized in the         Economic          Samizdat
West, is seldom seriously analyzed.
This is particularly true of samizdat                    CHARLES ALLEN
documents pertaining to the Soviet
economy, which - if only on the
basis of sheer volume - warrant some
kind of systematic evaluation. A survey of these writings reveals that economic
samizdat, like samizdat in general, is quite diverse. It ranges from expressions
of small group grievances, such as those of environmentalists, to broad critiques
of the Soviet economy as a whole. Some samizdat documents seek merely to
report the true state of the Soviet economy; others go further and propose-
reforms. Several authors cite statistics; some rely on Western writings; while
others resort to emotional ploys. Although the primary sociological and
political message of these statements is a common dissatisfaction with the
Charles Allen is a graduate student at the Russian Research Center, Harvard University. Research
for this article was done while the author was an intern at Radio Liberty in Munich. The author
would like to thank Radio Liberty for permission to use this material. For a detailed bibliography of
documents referred to in the text, as well as other economic samizdat materials, see Charles Allen,
A Survey of Economic SamizaWt, RL 268/79, Radio Liberty Research, 12 September 1979.

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