A lesson from myself to myself

mardi 25 mai 2010 ·

Never trust what your impressions. Why do I say that? Well, let's take my opinion of Mikhail Gorbachev. In my mind, I always saw Gorbachev through the lenses of Perestroika and Glasnost and then through this Pizza Hut's advertisement where he appears eating a pizza with his daughter with everyone praising the new capitalist mentality in Russia after the collapse of the USSR. So I always had this somewhat positive feeling that Gorbachev was a good man with the wrong view about the worthiness of trying to save socialism.

That was until I read this piece in City Journal which conveyed bits and pieces of Gorbachev through translated internal memos from Moscow that were stolen in the early to late nineties. In no way can we end up with a positive view of the man. It seems like one should never trust his first impressions. After all, maybe a glance in someone's eyes, to paraphase a former US president, is probably just not sufficient.

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Bryan Breguet est candidat au doctorat en sciences économiques à l’université de Colombie-Britannique. D’origine Suisse, il a passé les cinq dernières années au Québec au cours desquelles il s’est engagé en politique provinciale malgré le fait qu’il ne possédait pas encore la citoyenneté canadienne. Il détient un B.Sc en économie et politique ainsi qu’une maitrise en sciences économiques de l’université de Montréal. Récipiendaire de plusieurs prix d’excellences et bourses, il connaît bien les méthodes quantitatives et leurs applications à la politique.







Vincent Geloso holds a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics, with a focus on business cycles, international development, labor markets in preindustrial Europe and the new institutional economics. His research work examined the economic history of the province of Quebec from 1920 to 1960. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Université de Montréal. He has also studied in the United States at the Washington Centre for Academic Seminars and Internships. Mr. Geloso has been an intern for the Prime Minister’s cabinet in Ottawa and for the National Post. He has also been the recipient of a fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies and an international mobility bursary from the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec. Currently, he is an economist at the Montreal Economic Institute.

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