The Soviets sure did love infrastructure. Worked out well for them.
There was a time in this country when many people in the FDR wing of American politics defended the Soviet Union, and even Stalin. There were many who were convinced that socialism was the way forward. That the Soviets had the right road map. That the world would someday embrace all pervasive statism in the name of “progress.”
This was largely before the Soviet Union was exposed as the vast prison camp it was. Mr. Conquest did much of the exposing.
Yeah, food poisoning was probably a pretty regular occurrence under the Soviet system.
It’s valuable to remember what economies look like without real prices and the free flow of information, services, and goods.