Clerk Behind the Plow

Every Soviet bureau, every Soviet trust in Moscow was ordered last week to cut its "white collar" staff almost in half. Steel Man Stalin thereby threw between 25,000 and 30,000 clerks and accountants out of comfortable berths. All will be given twelve days' notice, then they will be registered by the Labor Bureau (which must keep enough clerks to do the registering) and transported to farms or factories. Five thousand bookkeepers alone will be dragged from their ledgers and set to work on the state farms of...

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