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I was reading Matthew Brzezinski’s book earlier and came up with the following dialog:

Soviet factory supervisor: Greetings America!
Western investor: Howdy! Unfortunately I’ve been sent here because we’re not selling enough cars.
Soviet factory supervisor: Ah! Niet problem. I will ask my comrades to make less.
Western investor: No! Carry on making at full production!
Soviet factory supervisor: But… If the farmers are happy with horses and bicycles, they don’t need cars!
Western investor: No, everyone needs a car. And, if they already have one they should buy another one. That’s why we have marketing.
Soviet factory supervisor: What is ‘marketing’
Western investor: Convincing people to buy stuff.
Soviet factory supervisor: That is stupid, why would you tell someone to buy something they don’t need.
Western investor: To make profit. I can see there are going to be some changes around here.
Soviet factory supervisor: No there aren’t.
Western investor: I own 51% of the shares. I’ll take this up in the next Annual General Meeting.
Soviet factory supervisor: Oh! You mean the Worker’s Council! They won’t let you in; you’re not a worker.
Western investor: Screw you guys, I’m going to invade Iraq. They’re nicer over there.

Although it is true that the former soviet system was hopelessly corrupt and inefficient. And Stalin was a huge traitor. And that the USSR was ‘State Capitalist’ (the state replaced the bosses in oppressing the workers). And that the invasion of Afghanistan could be viewed as ‘imperialistic’ (which Lenin was fervently opposed to). They actually tried to be socialist. In some way. They should get bonus points for trying.

Moskau!
Pioneers are walking around there,
singing songs to Lenin.

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Written by Pierre

April 2, 2009 at 17:51

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  1. The Russian state owned the means of production. Ergo, they were capitalist, because they owned the capital.

    Pierre

    April 5, 2009 at 16:10

  2. hmm it wasn’t hopelessly corrupt and it wasn’t corrupt in the same way the westeerners understand corruption. No one would take bribes of millions of dollars and starve children because of it (western corruption) they would be corrupt at a everyday level, eg hey your my buddy let my son into university even though hes a retard ill give u a bottle of vodka 😀 (stereo types are fun and russians do like vodka but not to that extent, it could just as easily be whisky or beer) or hey i’ve been stopped by a police oficer for speeding and i don’t have my seatbelt on, ill give him a bribe of 2 or 3 rubals and it doesn’t matter about seatbelts because no one wears them IN fact lets ostrasize this weird british kid because he complains that our cars don’t have seat belts HES CRAZY (personal experince)

    so you see its not as bad as it seems anyway i would not say the USSR was a state capitalism they didn’t try to make a profit just break even buy selling, i hate to admit it no great goods, although capitalism ain much better my grandparents have a 40 year old fridge from the soviet union which still works and a television and a record player and a radio… maybe they weren’t bad quality maybe capitalism is just used to destroying things so they make their things undestractable because all capitalists are evil shits who deserve to die.

    Also lets face it zigyli havn’t been made in like 20 years yet 1/3 of the cars in russia are them were have u seen a capitalist car which WASNT A MERCEDES last that long? Bottom line is capitalism makes stuff which works well but is designed to break, if it didn’t no one would buy their new products…

    u can guess lol

    April 2, 2009 at 20:07


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