[Swiftwater Gazette] What Millennials Should Know About the Soviet Union

Ed kroposki kroposki at att.net
Sat Dec 9 16:24:58 EST 2017

WhatMillennials Should Know About the Soviet UnionByChelsea Follett  http://humanprogress.org/blog/what-millennials-should-know-about-the-soviet-union   [Here are a few paragraphs from article, feel free to read the whole scribing]:
“Sittingin the reading room of the British Museum, Marx theorized that society was astruggle between wage laborers and the owners of the means of production, andthat the latter were “class enemies.” He feared that factory owners were exploiting factory workers, farm owners were exploiting day laborers, and soon. Many university students today share his fear of exploitation, rail against“the one percent” and the “privileged,” and desire a class-free society.  “Iwonder what Karl Marx would have made of [the factory workers I met],” saidLeslie T. Chang in her TED talk, The Voices of China’s Workers. She continued:“His view of the world persists, [as does] our tendency to see the workers as faceless masses, to imagine that we can know what they’re really thinking…Certainly, the factory conditions are really tough, and it’s nothing you or Iwould want to do, but from their perspective, where they’re coming from is muchworse.”  “Changnotes that since China’s economic liberalization, factory work has allowedhundreds of millions of Chinese workers to escape rural poverty to becomemiddle class, and that most factory workers go on to start their own smallbusinesses. They work in factories willingly because the alternative isgrinding rural poverty.  “Marxand his followers, sadly, did not realize that capitalism-drivenindustrialization ultimately creates widespread prosperity, and they ended uphurting the very workers they aimed to help. Thanks in part to the factoriesthat Marx detested, the United Kingdom’s average income was three times higherwhen he died than when he was born.  …“Insum, to bring about equality, the communist system imprisoned or killed thosewho had attained expertise and achieved success—whether in farming or in atechnical occupation such as engineering. They initially redistributed wealth,but many of the peasants who at first benefited from robbing the kulaks endedup starving to death. By imprisoning or murdering many of the most productivepeople, while simultaneously eliminating market incentives for productivity bycollectivizing industries and banning competition, communists brought about fardeeper and more widespread poverty than under capitalism. (Capitalism, in fact,has helped bring world poverty toan all-time low.)----// ----    

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