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Comrade 04/05/2017 (Wed) 20:13:05 [Preview] No. 60
Would we be better off or not if the Soviet Union were still around? I imagine there would still be many of the problems we have now with the current competing imperial powers, but conditions were definitely improving for their citizens (in some ways at least). I wonder if it had been able to transform to a more Nordic Model sort of government, if then the position of working people in general might not have been improved compared to now. Though, I suppose that's not necessarily true, considering that they'd still be subject to the same contradictions as other capitalist states, forced to outsource, austerity, etc.

I guess also there's the effect of China to consider as well; how differently things might have gone if these two ostensibly communist blocs managed to cooperate economically, between Russia's advanced engineering and vast resources, and China's practically unlimited manpower and energy requirements.
Since the soviet union ceased to exist, capitalism has no reason anymore to act social and benevolent to the workers. In germany, which has a alleged "social market economy", they cut back welfare programs and established precarious working models.
We'd be better off. I don't want to get too rosy about the USSR - they stabbed some leftist parties in the back for their own geopolitical aims, and toppled others through invasion. But the threat of red revolution was the only thing keeping the bourgeoisie in check.


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