Good evening, ladies and
gentlemen. I am not an expert or a scholar or an activist. I am more of
an eye-witness. I watched the Soviet Union collapse, and I have tried
to put my observations into a concise message. I will leave it up to
you to decide just how urgent a message it is.
My talk tonight is about the lack of collapse-preparedness here in
the United States. I will compare it with the situation in the Soviet
Union, prior to its collapse. The rhetorical device I am going to use
is the "Collapse Gap" – to go along with the Nuclear Gap, and the Space
Gap, and various other superpower gaps that were fashionable during the
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