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18e-mar-2004 04:58 pm
Communism is the best economic and social organization in the world, and people at Oxford agree with me.

"To say that history's greatest economic experiment--Soviet communism--was also its greatest economic failure is to say what many consider obvious. Robert Allen argues that the USSR was one of the most successful developing economies of the twentieth century. He reaches this provocative conclusion by recalculating national consumption and using economic, demographic, and computer simulation models to address the "what if" questions central to Soviet history. Moreover, by comparing Soviet performance not only with advanced but with less developed countries, he provides a meaningful context for its evaluation.

Although the Russian economy began to develop in the late nineteenth century based on wheat exports, modern economic growth proved elusive. But growth was rapid from 1928 to the 1970s--due to successful Five Year Plans. Notwithstanding the horrors of Stalinism, the building of heavy industry accelerated growth during the 1930s and raised living standards, especially for the many peasants who moved to cities. A sudden drop in fertility due to the education of women and their employment outside the home also facilitated growth.

While highlighting the previously underemphasized achievements of Soviet planning, Farm to Factory also shows, through methodical analysis set in fluid prose, that Stalin's worst excesses--such as the bloody collectivization of agriculture--did little to spur growth. Economic development stagnated after 1970, as vital resources were diverted to the military and as a Soviet leadership lacking in original thought pursued wasteful investments."


In summary: Communism attained exceptional results in the USSR and its supposed failing is only due to 1) Errors by Stalin which were not concomitant with the nature of communism 2) Misallocation of resources after the 70s due to excessive State power 3) Failing to understand the appropriate yardstick is other developing countries, not current developed ones.

Say what you want, but the fact that the USSR was able to stand up to the US for many decades while coming from a much lower base is proof of the superiority of communism.

We communists have not said our last word and you will hear from us again, that is a promise to you Americans.

We won't make the same mistakes again, and will combine a good dose of anarchist disrespect for the State with proven communist organizational principles, plus some of your best progressive thoughts.

We will prevail once we and our terrorist allies succeed in bringing you to such a state of irritation and madness you finally crumble under self-inflicted blows and your own paranoid authoritarian tendencies.

We will fight you with the same weapons you used against us, so as to finally bring peace, prosperity and justice into this world of oppression. We will bring fire, death and destruction to the center of your power structure, in the same way you destroyed the Soviet dream.
18e-mar-2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
People like to have self-esteem and the esteem of others. In American society those things are tied to the personal accumulation of goods and social climbing. Tie them to other goals and people will follow those. What people want is an emotion - a mental state - not an object per se unless they have been conditioned to associate the one with the other.
19e-mar-2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
Mmmhmmm. How many communist countries are left? (And I mean truly communist, China does not count). What you think people want is complately irrelevent, because in reality people still like to have things, no matter what society.

19e-mar-2004 09:56 pm (UTC)
"in reality people still like to have things"

Of course they do, but their definition of both 'things' and the ownership of them is clearly fluid enough to incorporate ideologies independent of personal materialism. Take online multi-player RPGs for example. Consider how much real-world currency is exchanged for completely illusory items in Asheron's Call, ElfQuest, Ultima Online or Star Wars Galaxies. The fruit of hours of labour is exchanged eagerly for what is essentially nothing but an idea. Real labour happily exchanged by the worker for non-material benefits, resulting in a net gain of physical production and an emotionally satisifed workforce. I'm telling you, 'dot communism' is just around the corner, comrade.
5e-oct-2006 09:02 am (UTC)
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