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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 14 Jul 2008, 20:01
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Post 08 Apr 2009, 10:55
Laos.
A state nobody ever hears much about. What's going on there? Is it socialist? What are the standards of living? Has it betrayed socialism like China has, or is it a socialist stronghold like Cuba?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 13 Feb 2008, 15:25
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Post 08 Apr 2009, 11:57
I just did a quick search online and it seems as though Laos has embraced a Market Socialism approach, but I'm not certain. There's bugger all about it on the internet. The political system seems to work similarly to Cuba's, but I don't have any specific details other than what Wikipedia says about an elected "rubber stamp parliament".

The country is mostly Buddhist, but there are a very small number of Christians and Islamists. The government doesn't involve itself much in religious affairs except to regulate foreign Christian missionary work and have important sites World heritage listed.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 02 Mar 2004, 15:19
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Post 08 Apr 2009, 15:13
As far as I know, and this info is a few years old, Laos has a very underdeveloped infrastructure which makes government influences in rural and secluded areas minimal. Vietnam also has some similar problems. Cloutierfan I think used to work down there.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 21 Dec 2004, 23:53
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Post 08 Apr 2009, 23:30
Laos is more or less in the same situation politically and economically as Vietnam. So yeah, market socialism more or less.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 03 Oct 2009, 17:50
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Post 02 Nov 2009, 22:22
Dear comrade, well, Laos is a socialist State applying a socialist-oriented market economy, like Viet Nam, like China.
The Communist Party of Cuba, including Fidel Castro, who continuously talks about and elogiates socialism with Chinese characteristics, even when he was not so fine in the letter to Hugo Chávez, does agree with socialist market economy, as applied in China, Viet Nam, Laos. The reasons why the economy of Cuba is more collectivized than the Chinese, Vietnamese or Laotian economies are not to be found in ideological reservations, but in circumstancial conditions.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 17 Sep 2008, 17:13
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Post 12 Nov 2009, 19:43
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Dear comrade, well, Laos is a socialist State applying a socialist-oriented market economy, like Viet Nam, like China.
The Communist Party of Cuba, including Fidel Castro, who continuously talks about and elogiates socialism with Chinese characteristics, even when he was not so fine in the letter to Hugo Chávez, does agree with socialist market economy, as applied in China, Viet Nam, Laos. The reasons why the economy of Cuba is more collectivized than the Chinese, Vietnamese or Laotian economies are not to be found in ideological reservations, but in circumstancial conditions.
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Agree. But more specific(why cuba is more planned economy and not having those marked-economic reforms) in economical, social and historical reasons and the size of the working-class and the level of development of productive forces and socialism. Also there is a level of the politica-ideological consciousness of the people and decisions over best way to develop socialism that matters; and Cuba are confident they have choosen the right decisions and path, as have also Laos, Vietnam, Kina and DPR Korea - with the aim of protecting the general interest of the working-class and safeguard and expand the socialist construction under difficult, and different, circumstances.

Cuba and DPR Korea are lucky to have avoided the bad sides of market-economic reforms and introductiong of large sections of bourgeois influence on every aspect of society, like Viet, China and Laos have.

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 14 Jan 2010, 05:46
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Post 13 Sep 2010, 02:03
Why isn't Laos as famous as other communist/socialist states?
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 19 Sep 2005, 13:48
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Post 14 Sep 2010, 12:44
I think Laos is just one of those countries that has never really done anything to grab any media attention worldwide.

If Laos suddenly started ranting about producing nuclear warheads, etc then you'd certainly hear about it.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 04 Aug 2007, 23:25
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Post 19 Oct 2010, 09:41
I know someone who has been to Laos.
If I combine what he told me with what I have read about it, I can conclude that it is indeed a Socialist nation. It's not that different from Vietnam I believe, only poorer in general (natural resources and such, Laos is also landlocked btw). All in all, I certainly support it, and it's a lot better than places like Cambodia or Thailand.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 23 Oct 2010, 15:30
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Post 28 Oct 2010, 18:25
I've read something about Kaysone Phomvihane, the founder of socialist Laos. An interesting State, of course... although embedded in "market socialism" and corruption.
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