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From: David Stodolsky <>
Subject: Re: Economics; David Stodolsky (off topic)
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2006 19:06:01 +0200

On 4 Sep 2006, at 06:20, Olaf Henny wrote:

> In Cryonet #28377 David Stodolsky wrote in part:
>> "Similarly, the state
>> planning system of the USSR generated annual growth rates of  
>> 12-14. %.
>> during industrialization of the Soviet Union - achieving in a single
>> generation what took capitalist economies much longer. Leading
>> sociologists attribute the collapse of the USSR to the lack of
>> democracy, not economic problems, in the first instance."
> Sorry David, you must have picked those figures straight out of some
> Soviet propaganda publication.  Nothing could be further from the
> facts.

Actually, these are well known facts. They were recently confirmed to  
me at a lecture by a leading expert on the development of the Soviet  
nuclear establishment presented at the N. Bohr Institute, Univ. of  


The economy of the Soviet Union was based on a system of state  
ownership and administrative planning. The Soviet Union forged the  
modern world's first centrally planned economy; and from a notably  
undeveloped position at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, the  
Soviet economy developed into the second largest producer of  
industrial goods in the world after that of the United States.


David Stodolsky    Skype: davidstodolsky

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