Goldman, Marshall I.
July 1960
Foreign Affairs;Jul1960, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p625
The article reports on the social conditions of Soviet Union and the United States. Of all the areas of competition with the Soviet Union, it seems safe to say that the Union lags farthest behind in its standard of living. Soviet retail sales are continually increasing and 1960 sales of such items as refrigerators are to grow by 60 percent over 1958. In the light of the flew interest shown by the Soviet Government in consumer goods distribution and an improved standard of living one should survey the state of consumption in the Soviet Union before risking an evaluation of Russia's chances of "catching up." The wartime destruction of a large portion of Soviet manufacturing facilities had been repaired and the level of Soviet industrial production was above its prewar level. It was necessary to recover not only from World War II but also from the trauma of the five year plans and collectivization. A close inspection of the sales data by quarterly and semi-annual increases indicates the rapidity of the change.


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