What impact did Gorbachev’s ideas of glasnost (openness), perestroika (restructuring), and demokratizatsiia (democratization) have on Communist society? Were these principles compatible with collectivization and a command economy? Did Communist leaders favor these principles or did they feel that their hands were tied once they were introduced into Communist society?
How would you evaluate the social welfare programs in most European states? E.g., in England and France, almost all health care is covered from cradle to grave. Do you think such social systems would work in the United States? What do you think of the current talk about health care reform in the United States? Elaborate.
This site gives an overview of the French welfare system: