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Re: Does it do that?

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Does it do that?
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 23:07:37 +0200

"Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
> If I knew how, they I would have solved it.

It was Khrushchev who in 1961, just a few years before the coup against
him, in the new program of the Communist Party, promised that "the next
generations of the Soviet people will live under communism."

Khrushchev tried to implement this belief through his policy, which had
some disastrous consequences. He castigated the personal ownership of
cars and private country houses, as well as encouraged collective
transportation and vacations. He initiated people's teams for keeping
order as an attempt to diminish the role of the professional police, an
idea that goes back to Vladimir Lenin's utopian vision of socialist
society in "State and Revolution," written before the October
revolution. Moved by the same motivation, Khrushchev promoted amateur
theaters with the same ridiculous fervor. More serious consequences rose
from Khrushchev's economic policy. He promised a radical jump forward in
the production of food by the collective farms. However, he put a limit
on the production of milk and meat from private plots. While
Khrushchev's program in collective agriculture failed, the curtailment
of food production in the private sector led to big lines for food
products in the state and even in the so-called free collective market.


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