Your Daily Newt: The Soviet Union Will Last Forever!
Mother Jones is re running some classic Newt statements until he bows out of the race, and since Newt’s always been a populist prone to making grandiose sweeping statements, there’s a lot of material out there.
We must expect the Soviet system to survive in its present brutish form for a very long time. There will be Soviet labor camps and Soviet torture chambers well into our great grandchildren’s lives: great centers of political and economic power have enormous staying power; Czarist Russia lasted through 3 1/2 years of the most agonizing kind of war; the Nazi state did not collapse even when battlefield defeats reduced its control to only a tiny sliver of Germany.
We must therefore assume the Soviet Union will survive as a dangerous totalitarian state.
The Soviet Union collapsed seven years later.