"Have you ever read Animal Farm?" I asked the former Soviet, now an American, who was sitting in my living room. "I don't need to read it." I looked up at him, raising an eyebrow. "I lived it," he said, and turned his chair away from me, inhaling deeply on an e-cigarette.
In a discussion I had recently with someone who grew up in the former Soviet Union, we discussed the idea of "small business". The Soviets didn't encourage small business. In fact, it was illegal to have a business "on the side" and definitely not OK to try to earn your own money, in a non-government-sanctioned... Continue Reading →