Business: How Communists Beat Inflation

Shh. . . they subsidize, switch and cheat a bit, that's how

Officially, as the Russians and their East European satellites see it, inflation is a disease unique to capitalism. "With the exception of the war years," triumphs Nikolai Glushkov, chairman of the Soviet State Committee on Prices, "there has never been any inflation in the U.S.S.R., nor does any exist today." Now let us all laugh, comrades. The East bloc, like the West, is suffering a severe dose of rapidly rising consumer prices. It is not called inflation but "an adjustment in the...

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