Here is the story of how Gorbachev destroyed Soviet Union
Gorbachev?s economic reforms lagged far behind his political reforms. In 1987 the CPSU Central Committee voted to move gradually toward a market economy, but little progress was made on this front. The most significant change was the committee?s decision in 1988 to allow for small private businesses and cooperatives, which could exist either inside state enterprises or separate from them. But disagreement among the Soviet leaders and their economic advisers, and between Russia and the other Soviet republics, prevented the adoption of a realistic reform program for the Soviet economy as a whole. This deadlock, as well as the drift of control away from state planners, led to a severe economic crisis by 1990. The effects of this crisis included declining production, growing inflation, pervasive shortages of consumer goods, labor unrest?and, most importantly, a widespread loss of confidence in Gorbachev?s ability to handle economic issues.
Basically, the whole story points to the fact that Soviet Union fell apart NOT because of Communism but by Gorbachev trying to move towards market economy and becoming more friendly with the West.
He could have kept it alive, by arresting Yeltsin on time.
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Lenin did the same thing, he introduced free market reforms when things got bad enough, then he took them away when things improved. The commies were doing the samething again under Gorby but Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul II kicked his commie ass!
Get over it!
Lenin didn't even know how to run a government. The bolsheviks killed and exterminated everyone. When they had given all the goods away, the peasants were left with anything. Lenin emplyed free lunch ecnomics. He gave the peasants everything for a while, and not worrying about what would happen in the future when all the goods and production were all gone.
Lenin did what Gorbachev was doing to an extent. He created (NEP) New Economic Policy where small private ownership was allowed. However, he died in 1924 before getting much of anything going.
This NEP thing didn't pan out as severe shortage of food and goods emerged since farmers couldn't make enough goods without serfs and Czarist dictatorship. So, Stalin scrapped NEP and created collective farms and sent people to work there.
Unfortunately, many farmers and former Czar loyalists rebelled, and started destroying goods and refused to work. This led to many deaths.
Individual Freedom was unthinkable at that time as many countries were looking to exploit Revolutionary unrest in order to destroy and take over Russia. This is clear as even in 1990 Gorbachev's reforms to freedom led to disaster of one the biggest Empires ever with the help of the West.
Last edited by Big; 04-28-2007 at 07:26 PM.
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