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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

Steven Jones

Red Plenty...

Rather than read this fairly workaday piece by Tim Worstall, then I'd suggest getting a copy of "Red Plenty" by Francis Spufford. It's a semi-fictionalised version of the attempt to produce a planned economy in the Soviet Union, mixing up real characters. It paints a picture of idealistic economists trying to produce workable and attempting to reconcile them with party dogma. It also paints the role played by black marketeers and attempts to handle the rigidity of the systems. For good measure, it's also got an evocative picture of how lung cancer develops and an incredibly painful insight into what might be called a Soviet baby factory.

It's written with a good deal of sympathy for those who were young and idealistic and is no simple condemnation of the system.

It's a bit difficult to categorise as a book, but as with all Francis Spufford's books it's written with enormous panache and style.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Plenty-Francis-Spufford/dp/0571225241/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407933868&sr=8-1&keywords=red+plenty

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