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Response to LooseWilly (Reply #65)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 01:25 PM

73. Your post touches on the heart of this whole debate.

Did the USSR build socialism or not? That is the key question. It certainly raised living standards far beyond what it had existed before and even what exists in Russia now. So, I'm not denying the USSR did a lot of good for the average citizen in terms of standards of living and modernization. However, Social-Democracy provides a lot of the things the USSR did and that isn't socialism. Of course there is no real way for either of us to prove who is right here, I don't believe they built socialism, because I don't think the working class held power in the USSR. The very fact that workers were punished for striking proves that, at least to me. So the U.S. the U.S. has punished strikers as well during its history, but shouldn't a socialist state strive to do better than a capitalist one?

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