Through the Mirror

Burnham, James
November 1977
National Review;11/11/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 44, p1288
The article presents the thoughts of a retired Soviet Union intelligence officer on his nation's economy and politics. The country's statistics show spectacular progress, especially in fields where the country was starting from scratch in the 1920s. No one disputes the Soviet Union being a major industrial power. In the economy as a whole the rate of industrial productivity is the lowest in the industrialized world. In fact, the product-quality performance and maintenance are the worst. But whatever the deficiencies elsewhere, the Soviet economy turns out plenty of weapons.


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