Russia: Borrowing from the Capitalists

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"The economy," said Lenin, "is the main field of battle for Communism."

In a fashion the old revolutionary could hardly have intended, the Soviet economy has become today a battlefield of explosive ideas that threaten nearly every precept and practice of Communism in the past generation. Whether conservatively toeing their Marx or boldly advocating such heretical Western-style reforms as the primacy of profits, every important planner, apparatchik and economist in Russia is caught up in Communism's greatest debate since Stalin set backward Russia on its cruel—but successful—forced march into the 20th...

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