The authors provide a good analysis of the games the Empire directors are playing in Ukraine which are much like the games they've played elsewhere. It seems that the Ukrainian people are between the devil (Russia) and the deep blue sea of the Empire.
But the liberal authors can only imagine one alternative which they make brief reference to:
The alternative would be for a strong government to tax away their natural resource rents and use it to subsidize industrial revival.expressed so well by one of their leading members who acknowledged back in 2006 that "there is class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Well, they now think they've won. So, why in the world would they want to tax themselves? To paraphrase a famous quote from one great corporate sponsored president, "its the system, stupid!"