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Liberal Discourse

  • Olga Velikanova
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Abstract

In the wide range of opinions voiced in 1936, the comments supporting democratic, civic, moderate, conciliatory, tolerant values and appreciating individual rights are close to our understanding of liberal values. In this chapter, I argue that the concern of many citizens about individual and civil rights, the effective work of the soviets, election reform, and the rule of law, as well as their political engagement, illustrates the existence, within Stalinist society, of a liberal political subculture with democratic elements. It is the democratic character of the constitution that inspired these “liberal” voices and allowed them to be heard. The discussion of the constitution for the first time educated a new Soviet generation in the language of civil rights. Widespread skepticism about fair elections demonstrates a regard for rational and critical thinking in the popular mind and the distance that many individuals managed to keep from the state.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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