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For a very good extended historical view on how this kind of mess-up kept on happening in communism, also see the book Red Plenty. ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Plenty-Francis-Spufford/dp/05712... )

If you have any interest at all in the subject, Zarkonnen is making a very good recommendation. Red Plenty has brought Soviet society to life for me in a way that no other book or article could (and I've read a few).

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