Eastern Europe: The Bulgarian Way


The plan was an ingenious and an obvious one—and one that could be used only in a country where people can be treated like puppets. In Communist Bulgaria a government survey showed that 64,000 jobs were going begging in chemical plants and heavy industries. At roughly the same time, another government survey uncovered 65,917 men who were working at desk jobs that could just as well be filled by women. Solution: effective immediately, the Bulgarian government ordered all able-bodied men under 40 who have held nonprofessional office jobs for less than ten years to transfer...

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