What’s Left: Hail the Reds
By Stephen Gowans
“The Great Patriotic War” (WW2) was for the Soviets a defining moment. Against all odds, the USSR was able to outmanufacture Germany and beat back the strongest war machine on earth.
Over the seven decades of its existence, and despite having to spend so much time preparing, fighting, and recovering from wars, the Soviet Union managed to create one of the great achievements of human history: a great industrial society that eliminated most of the inequalities of wealth, income, education and opportunity that plagued what preceded it, what came after it, and what competed with it; a society in which health care and education through university were free (and university students received living stipends); where rent, utilities and public transportation were subsidized, along with books, periodicals and cultural events; where inflation was eliminated, pensions were generous, and child care was subsidized. Continue reading »
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