Hungary's Bold Experiment

Let a hundred flowers bloom, plus capitalist carrots and corn

The shops along the streets of Budapest bulge with fresh apples, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots and cabbages. Meat shelves are well stocked with beef, poultry and pork. Why does such plenty elude other Communist countries but grace small, landlocked Hungary, one of the most resource-poor nations in Eastern Europe? The answer lies in the government policy of emphasizing investment in all forms of agriculture and in the thousands of small family plots that citizens till after their shifts on state and cooperative farms. Profits...

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