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State control of industry in the U.S.S.R

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 29 Jan 2012, 02:34
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Post 29 Jan 2012, 03:05
Looking back on the history of the first (partially successful) socialist state in world history, and to a larger extent the history of socialism and the communist movement surrounding it, it pains me whenever the subject of state control of industry pops up, as explaining it on non-leftist forums is a huge endeavor.

Is it not true that the U.S.S.R possessed a state-capitalist model of economic development, where the state, not the proletariat, controlled the means of production?

Is it not true that on paper, state-capitalism was the solution to all economic problems concerning productivity and equality?

*sigh,* it was not to be. State-capitalism proved to be the U.S.S.R's undoing. Instead of a benevolent state providing social goods across the board to those who needed them most(theoretically), the state, otherwise known as the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, instead due to a rigid bureaucracy and stiff central-planning essentially spent up most of its resources on military hardware instead of consumer goods(popular ever since the socialist east got a taste of the capitalist, free-market west).

My question is, was state control of industry meant to be? I do recall in the book The Bolsheviks In Power that the Cheka(whom were basically the Bolshevik Party's own private, secret police force) basically shut down all instances of workers' control of industry. Why did they do this exactly?(I mean, why would Lenin shut down something that is as close to a proletarian economy as physically possible?)

It bugs me when people say "socialist" economics failed. In reality, can't we all say that what failed was rigid, centralized control of the economy by an authoritarian state apparatus, as opposed to proletarian, or workers' control of the means of production.

What do you all think about the Cheka's actions, specifically their shutting down of workers' control? Of state control of industry? It's significance to the end of the Soviet Union? etc.
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