sands of unemployed and underemployedrnex-Soviet officials could also bernsent to the United States as mentors andrnrole models to hard-pressed local policerndepartments and district attorneys. Thisrnequivalent of the Peace Corps, perhapsrncalled the Lavrenti Beria Memorial People-rnto-People Program, would providernfresh ideas in such areas as gaining confessionsrnfrom reluctant prisoners, infiltratingrnthe criminal community, keepingrncomprehensive records on potential troublemakers,rnmaking correctional facilitiesrneconomically self-supporting, and organizingrntrials for the maximum publicrnimpact. By American standards thesernadvisors would receive modest wages,rnbut they would surely send part of theirrnpaychecks back to the Motherland, providingrnfurther financial help to our newrnfriend. Moreover, given the materialrnbenefits of American life, plus thernknowledge that they were helping theirrnhomeland’s economy by fulfilling 125rnpercent of their prisoner quota, thesernrcnt-an-Ivans would invigorate Americanrnlaw enforcement. We can onlyrnimagine the fear among antisocial elementsrnwhen they hear “The Russians arerncoming, the Russians are coming!” Thernprospect of confronting police officersrnunschooled in the American system ofrncriminal rights and unable to speak Englishrncould frighten into retirementrnmany urban predators. Mere talk ofrnComrade Ivan riding into town, a larnClint Eastwood, might restore law andrnorder (Hollywood would surely jump atrnthe opportunity to make films with titlesrnsuch as A Fistful of Rubles).rnContributions could also be made tornour problems of large-scale unrulinessrnand breakdown of public order. As thernfallout from the Los Angeles riots overrnthe Rodney King verdict reveal, we arernfairly inept at maintaining civil societyrnunder difficult conditions. Nor are wernskilled at preserving harmony among antagonisticrnbut physically close groups.rnFortunately, as recent turmoil in EasternrnEurope shows, ex-Soviet officials possessrnan underappreciated knack for keepingrnthe peace in potentially explosive societies.rnThis expertise should be employedrnbefore it atrophies. We could rent formerrnKGB special state security units atrnbargain-basement rates. For a fraction ofrnthe cost of mobilizing the NationalrnGuard or paying police overtime, we efficientlyrnsolve our own problems whilernhelping a friend.rnUnited States public officials wouldrngladly pay thousands to attend conflictrnmanagement seminars and workshopsrnoffered by ex-commissars with long experiencernin places such as East Germany,rnPoland, and the Asian republics. Guidedrneducational tours, a great financial windfallrnfor isolated, unattractive Russian localities,rncould also be offered. One canrnalready envision Intertourist marketingrn”Ten Relocation Centers in Ten DaysrnWith Exciting On-Your-Own Side Trips”rnat the yearly conclaves of public officials.rnBig-city mayors nervous about upcomingrnlong hot summers could gain valuablern”hands-on” job training from their counterpartsrnwho “got the job done” whenrndomestic discord struck Armenia, thernUkraine, or Georgia. The cost of suchrnhelping-hand exchanges and trips, whilerna boon for the former Soviet Union, arernminuscule compared to the cost of arnmismanaged urban disturbance.rnThere are also handsome psychologicalrndividends, an infusion of collectivernself-esteem, for our demoralized formerrnenemy. Imagine the pride of Moscovitesrnupon seeing on TV advanced elementsrnof the Red Army providing fraternal assistancernat the request of local authoritiesrnto restore law and order in a riot-tornrnPhiladelphia. Streets jammed with hundredsrnof Korean and Indian shopkeepersrndisplaying their eternal friendship byrnwaving little red flags while others holdrnhomemade banners thanking their liberators.rnPictures in Pravda of elderlyrnshut-ins and children venturing intornpublic parks for the first time in yearsrnunder the vigilant gaze of their newfoundrnprotectors. Former Russian militaryrnleaders could again feel the traditionalrnpride, as well as the financialrnbenefits, of putting down ethnic unrestrnand crushing unruly elements. Equallyrnimportant, Soviet troops stationed inrnNewark, Oakland, Detroit, and other potentialrntrouble spots are no threat to Russianrndemocracy.rnAll in all, it should be obvious thatrnour former enemy has something ofrngreat value to us. The problem of helpingrnthe former Soviet Union is financiallyrnand politically solvable. A ten or fifteenrnbillion-dollar transfer may seemrnenormous by the yardsticks of foreignrnaid, but it is minor by the standards ofrncriminal justice. We would be contractingrnout much of our police work tornsomebody who can do the job better forrnperhaps a tenth of the price. A perfectrnexample of Ricardo’s Law in action. Wernalso would be building democracy andrncapitalism while getting something inrnreturn. There would be no stigma ofrncharity, no charade over long-term loansrnnever to be repaid, and no whining aboutrnhelping foreigners while Americans gornhungry. The whole operation is straightrnbusiness: we get security while the Russiansrnget to live better and feel useful.rnWe simply export our great surplus commodityrn—criminals—to the one societyrnwhose economy can benefit from thisrnexchange.rnRobert Weissberg is a professor ofrnpolitical science at the University ofrnIllinois at Urbana-Champaign.rnSaving thernSmall Farmrnby Katheiine DaltonrnCommunity SupportedrnAgriculturernSt. Matthews Episcopal is a modern,rnmanicured church set in the heart ofrnsuburban Louisville’s East End. It contrastsrnsomewhat with the dusty farmrntruck sitting in its parking lot.rnNear the truck, half a dozen peoplernsay hello to a slender man in blue jeansrnand then mill around numerous applerncrates filled with vegetables and melons.rnThey chat among themselves and fill arnbag with their share of produce. Thernamounts they can take are listed on cardsrnattached to each crate: “8 large or 12rnsmall” above the potatoes, “small handful”rnon the New Zealand spinach. It’srn7:30 on a Thursday night in August, deliveryrntime for Steve Smith’s food guild.rnFood guilds, subscription farming,rncommunity supported agriculture, orrnCSA—all are names for the kind ofrnfarming Steve does. A former marketrngardener who grew melons and tomatoesrnfor stores and restaurants, Steve nowrnsells a wide variety of vegetables, herbs,rnand some fruit directly to 79 families.rnHis subscribers buy a share in a season’srncrop and pay their money up front inrnthe early spring. From late April to mid-rnDecember they receive an average of arnhalf-bushel of vegetables per week, allrnorganically grown on Steve’s farm inrnJANUARY 1994/45rnrnrn