Russia's geopolitical collapse occurred in part because Russians (not to mention their "captive nations" in Central and Eastern Europe) were seduced into believing that Western-style democracy and free markets worked better.
What do those people do every day in hundreds of embassies and consulates, when they do not host visiting dignitaries or participate in high-stakes negotiations? On a human level, how does the Foreign Service lifestyle affect its members and their families?
Yesterday, the student who never graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, died at age 56. He left us a bitten apple painted on a host of technological gadgets, and wondering how many more he could have created.