Ten Years, and a Million Men: Poland, Russia, and the West

Hutchinson, John
May 1982
National Review;5/28/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 10, p620
This article presents the author's views on the socio-economic scenario prevailing in Poland. It is opined that Poland is slowly approaching catastrophe. It owes the West some 27 billion wasted dollars. Its industry operates at between 30 and 40 percent of capacity with production falling. Prices have recently doubled. Despite some recent increases in basic food supplies, standing in line is a major national occupation. Some observers predict an early fall of 50 percent in Western imports, of 20 percent in national income and 25 percent in real wages, and a slide into real impoverishment.


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