RUSSIA: Mr. Ginsberg & Billions

What Bolshevism's planners think of Bolshevism's executors pungently appeared last week at a Congress of Master Builders in the Kremlin with Dictator Joseph Stalin and most other Soviet bigwigs present. To make the opening speech Russia's cloistered priesthood of planners, the Gosplan, sent their economic abbot, Comrade Valerian Ivanovich Mezhlauk, chairman of the State Planning Commission.

"Last year we meant to reduce building costs by 15%—we reduced them by 1%!" boomed Mezhlauk. "This year we planned to reduce costs by 14.5%—we reduced them by 1.25%!"

"Why?" interrupted several Commissars who were either unable to believe their ears or did not catch...

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