Advocate For #FULLCOMMUNISM Says Soviet Union Did Not Try #FULLCOMMUNISM
Someone wrote a clickbait post for Rolling Stone arguing for five economic reforms millennials should embrace. Unsurprisingly, they are essentially Communism gussied up for the gullible (here’s the author’s twiter profile where he espouses his support for #FULLCOMMUNISM).
As he was attacked for his stupidity he naturally claimed that no one was bothering to refute his refoms on their merits. I pointed out to him that history had done that for him and all that was left was the mocking of idiots such as himself.
And that’s when the most tired of all lefty tropes…Communism has never really been tried.
The Right seems to think that history (I assume they mean the USSR) refutes the five non-Soviet reforms I proposed earlier today. Odd.
— Jesse A. Myerson (@JAMyerson) January 4, 2014
So, let’s take a look at his five ideas and see if the USSR gave them a go.
1. Guaranteed Work for Everybody
From the Constitution of the USSR
Article 40. Citizens of the USSR have the right to work (that is, to guaranteed employment and pay in accordance wit the quantity and quality of their work, and not below the state-established minimum), including the right to choose their trade or profession, type of job and work in accordance with their inclinations, abilities, training and education, with due account of the needs of society.
This right is ensured by the socialist economic system, steady growth of the productive forces, free vocational and professional training, improvement of skills, training in new trades or professions, and development of the systems of vocational guidance and job placement.
2. Social Security for All
Also for the Constitution of the USSR
Article 43. Citizens of the USSR have the right to maintenance in old age, in sickness, and in the event of complete or partial disability or loss of the breadwinner.
The right is guaranteed by social insurance of workers and other employees and collective farmers; by allowances for temporary disability; by the provision by the state or by collective farms of retirement pensions, disability pensions, and pensions for loss of the breadwinner; by providing employment for the partially disabled; by care for the elderly and the disabled; and by other forms of social security.
3. Take Back The Land
Once again the Constitution of the USSR
ARTICLE 6. The land, its natural deposits, waters, forests, mills, factories, mines, rail, water and air transport, banks, post, telegraph and telephones, large state-organized agricultural enterprises (state farms, machine and tractor stations and the like) as well as municipal enterprises and the bulk of the dwelling houses in the cities and industrial localities, are state property, that is, belong to the whole people.
4. Make Everything Owned by Everybody
This isn’t as self-explanatory as the rest. Here’s what he says.
Just buy up their [everyone’s?] stocks and bonds. When the government does that, it’s called a sovereign wealth fund. Think of it like a big investment fund that buys up assets from the private sector and pays dividends to all permanent U.S. residents in the form of a universal basic income.
Once again, that pesky Constitution of the Soviet Union.
ARTICLE 4. The socialist system of economy and the socialist ownership of the means and instruments of production firmly established as a result of the abolition of the capitalist system of economy, the abrogation of private ownership of the means and instruments of production and the abolition of the exploitation of man by man, constitute’ the economic foundation of the U.S.S.R.
ARTICLE 5. Socialist property in the U.S.S.R. exists either in the form of state property (the possession of the whole people), or in the form of cooperative and collective-farm property (property of a collective farm or property of a cooperative association).
5. A Public Bank in Every State
Not only were there public banks everywhere in the Soviet Union, they were the ONLY banks in the Soviet Union.
The Structure of the Soviet Banking System
Gosbank (literally, “State Bank”) has traditionally been the core of the Soviet banking system. Shortly before the dissolution of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, Gosbank had over 150,000 employees working in over 6,000 branch and collection offices nationwide. Over 250,000 enterprises, 40,000 collective farms, and nearly half a million government organizations held accounts with Gosbank.
In addition to Gosbank, three other financial institutions comprised the Soviet monobank. Sperbank (“Savings Bank”), with over 70,000 branch offices, was the sole bank for household savings deposits, which earned a positive but very low rate of interest.(3) Stroibank (“Investment Bank”), was responsible for disbursing funds to enterprises for long-term investment, according to the dictates of the central plan. Finally, Vneshtorgbank (“Foreign Trade Bank”) handled all transactions involving imports and exports.
Even though the Soviet system (like that of other STEs) was divided into more than one “bank,” it was still a “monobank” in the sense described above. The additional “banks” merely administered funds or accepted deposits from households. They did not compete with Gosbank, and were ultimately under the orders of the same central authorities as Gosbank. Indeed, Sperbank became an official department within Gosbank in 1963.
So despite his denials, it’s pretty clear the Soviet Union had everything Myerson advocates for and it failed. Totally.
But let’s not be too hard on the Communists. They did succeed at one thing…killing million upon millions of people in their efforts to remake society and maintain their control.
#FULLCOMMUNISM = #MILLIONSDEAD. Always has, always will.