Voices Against Liberties

  • Olga Velikanova


Requests for civil rights and support for the innovations of the constitution were contrasted with mass disapproval of the new liberties (especially religious), demands for continuing segregation of the “former people”, and strengthening of punishments. The constitutional expansion of the franchise met articulate opposition. The grassroots often accepted state intervention at the expense of individual rights: prioritizing state interests, praising the leader, advocating militarization, a total regimentation of life, and surveillance of private correspondence. Aggression against sanctioned minorities—the priests, kulaks and out-kolkhoz farmers—can be read as an indication of an authoritarian-type political culture present in society. The coexistence of a liberal subculture with mass expressions of illiberal and traditional values reflected the diversity of the political culture even under dictatorship.


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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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