Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream
- Francis Spufford, Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream (2012)
The author went aside to detail how smoking might eventually lead to lung cancer, which I thought was odd. But I see the analogy -- when subject to communism people are able to subvert the system for awhile, as cells repair genetic damage, but eventually the rampant, wasteful production goes unchecked. Wasteful production, though, is the same that Marx and Engles attribted to capitalism, as booms glut the market and busts furrow the workforce.
I'm reading more on the history of Russia. It was a Mongrel invasion about a millenia ago that made autocratic rule Russia's default government, and a long history of peasant farmers who didn't know private property that made Russia's dictatorship-communism possible. Marx's model was for England, a country with ample productive capacity and rule of law. Russia was not going to be that.