Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Good ideas, bad practice

I'm supposed to be writing this paper about Simon Dimanshtain and the Jewish policy in the USSR until 1924. Yes, I can see that many of you are already excited and agitated by the intrigue and interest that this topic suggests. But while working on the paper today, I actually got into the topic that I will eventually (if I ever get there) write my dissertation about, which is the state/party system of the USSR. Mostly this concerns the creation of a huge bureaucracy, which I believe is part of the reason that communism, according to Lenin, failed. I see the rest of you are now excited beyond comprehension that I will eventually solve the hang-ups of communism and then we can all live in error-free socialist utopias. Ok, so the reason this interests me (and it's one of the few things that does, these days) is because, like love or romance, communism is a beautiful, wonderful, incredible theory on paper and absolutely unrealistic in real life. Unless you're talking about those few countries in northern Europe that have managed socialism without going bankrupt. That would be an interesting comparison. Not only did the Bolsheviks not achieve communism, they screwed it up so badly that, well, so badly that there's really not anything else to compare it to. What they ended up with didn't even remotely resemble communism. Of course, then there's the debate about what communism is: an economic system, a state system, an entire life ideology, all of the above. You would think they could get at least part of it right, but no, they had to go and screw up every single aspect of it. Amazing. They should get credit for that at least. And just so you know, the PRC is not communism any more than the USSR was. It seems they have given up but have forgotten to change their name and let their people know. The free market knows though. Alright, enough of this. Return to your exploiting, capitalistic lives.

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