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.
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