It was caused by economic and organizational factors, common to all Soviet economy during the Industrialization decade, and, especially, in the First five-year plan. .... The assembly line technique and machinery were established in the very beginning, and it was required "to draw" to them other factors and conditions of manufacturing. To accomplish it was extremely difficult, because the Government fixed quotas on every description of supplies, financing, deliveries, etc. Haste, vanity only depressed normal work. It became necessary to stop or reduce production to a minimum to remove omitted or arisen malfunctions, to wait delivery of missing tools, spare parts, materials etc. The company specialists had but limited responsibility – to consult and supervise adjustment of the machinery and to help in starting-up of the factory. The social-political climate in the Soviet industry was a mix of enthusiasm and fear. The political police, local Communist party structures and union leadership were very influential, and their suspicion towards engineers, as a part of intellectual class, “intelligentsia”, was evident. Moreover, strong professional jealousy had risen between Russian and American engineers. The Russians were proud of their theoretical knowledge, while Americans stressed the importance of practical experience.Shtopov lists all the differences in a table: Perfectly switched now. Complete trading of the two sides. It's too bad Stalin didn't simply follow Ford's PRACTICAL SOCIALISM, which could have been rebranded as Communism without losing face. Ford had already solved the problem of inexperienced peasants and unreliable supply chains. His PRACTICAL SOCIALISM in fact turned America into the working MAN's paradise. We've abandoned it now, choosing instead to follow genocidal Kraut THEORIES. Stalin emulated Lincoln. Smash the country to enforce a genocidal Kraut THEORY. All sorts of red flags there, but Stalin taped over all the idiot lights and roared ahead. = = = = = Later update: After Stalin died, the Soviet system did move closer to Fordism.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.