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  • Mr. Aron rightly argues that "the 'objective' deterioration of Soviet economy became relevant only after and because of a fundamental shift in the ways in which regime's performance was perceived and the criteria by which it was evaluated."

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  • "From the point of view of the Russians and the Chinese, definitely," Mr. Aron said. "In their systems, legitimacy comes from being treated with fear and respect. And clearly, they're choosing not to treat the United States that way."

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