(ACC Book Recommendation) Lenin’s Tomb, The Last Days of the Soviet Empire – By David Remnick

One of the best books I’ve ever read. (I am still reading.) Masterfully written. Over 20 years old now.

How does a society built on lies and death implode? Remnick answers this question in the Soviet context. Just a fantastic exploration.

And for all you well meaning but (in my estimation) deluded newly minted “socialists” this is an absolute must read. By no means some “right-wing” examination. Just an examination of the death of statism taken to its extreme.

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Poverty, prostitutes and the long, slow death of the Soviet Union: Haunting pictures show desperate struggle to survive in last days of USSR

Socialism always implodes. It’s a matter of time and the degree to which the ruling class, a crony class, the nomenklatura, will use force to keep reality at bay. The Soviet Union is the grandest example of this.

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RIP Robert Conquest: “The first historian to document the extent of the barbarity of Stalin’s regime.”

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.

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What shopping was like in the Soviet Union circa 1986, Your supermarket is a miracle. (Video)

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.

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