Russia: A Revolution for What?

For the Soviet Union, 1962 has been a year of economic ferment unmatched since the early days of industrialization and the forced collectivization of the '30s. In this atmosphere, Nikita Khrushchev this week opens the plenum of the party's Central Committee, an assortment of some 2,000 committee members and other party workers summoned from factories and fields across Russia. The meeting is two months overdue; Khrushchev delayed calling it because he had hoped that things would settle down—domestically, that is.

Evidently they have not. The plenum will have to deal with inefficient industrial production, the long-debated need for capitalist-style incentives,...

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