ECONOMY: The Communist system

Referring to an important survey of unrest in the Caucasus region, I simple asked if any  people lamented the loss of  the public order which prevailed under the Soviet system. Randy Black used this opening to attack the Soviet system generally.. George Sassoon writes: In Tito's Yugoslavia, 'capitalism' included selling second-hand goods. My friend Mirko used to make transmitters which he sold to village communities for local radio stations.  To do this legally, he had to sell the transmitter to a state-run "commission shop" which then sold it on to the village. So Tito got 25% for doing nothing.  Did Soviet Russia have a similar system?

RH: There were many variants of  the communist system. One widespread feature was to limit the number of employees a person could employ. It was usually 5, 7, or 9.  But I repeat, I was simply discussing the question of law and order. I remember when under Tito law and order prevailed in Yugoslavia.  I was shocked when a Yugoslav told me that when Tito died the country would fall apart and the result would be chaos.  He was correct. I am simply asking: Do many people in the  area lament the loss of the law and order which prevailed under Tito? I was not discussing the obvious faults of the communist system.  This takes us back to Napoleon.  Many French welcomed him because he put an end to the chaos of the revolution.,

Ronald Hilton 2004


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