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Thread by @RexValachorum: "A Wonderful Socialist Life - Part IV The Planned Economy Previous episodes of A Wonderful Socialist Life: For part I go here For part II go […]"

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A Wonderful Socialist Life - Part IV
The Planned Economy
Previous episodes of A Wonderful Socialist Life:
For part I go here
For part II go here
For part III go here
This will be a hard to read episode that will make most people sick to their stomach. Nevertheless, it is part of the history of socialism and must be told and never forgotten, Because those who forget history...you know the rest
In every societal and economic aspect socialism always was and continue to be about quantity, not quality. A couple of examples: in socialist Romania, the Party leadership wasn't interested about the quality of a manufactured product or how was the product going to perform
against similar products made competitors. They were not interested if the product was going to sell or not, or if the product was going to satisfy the buyer's needs - the most important criteria of economic success of a State run company was how many of the manufactured products
they were capable of sending out the gates of the factory and report the record numbers to the Party leaders. Take for example Semanatoarea, a company manufacturing harvesting combines where my father worked 40 years (and I worked 2 years after being discharged from the Navy)
My father was the QC manager of the machining department of the Semanatoarea factory. How did he get there? After my grandfather was arrested by the secret police for being a "chiabur"
my father ran away, changed his identity, worked different jobs,
got himself into college, was kicked out of school when the authorities finally found out who his father was, took a job as a apprentice machinist at Semanatoarea and through his skill and hard work he advanced over the years to the position he had as head of QC.
After being discharged from the Navy my father insisted I come and join him at the factory. I reluctantly accepted and moved from my hometown Constanta to the capital Bucharest where the factory was located.
The first striking thing I've seen when I arrived there was the sheer number of finished harvesting combines sitting in the parking lots and lined in on the street in the front of the factory and continuing for a couple of blocks. Thousands of them, manufactured but unsold
because there were no buyers. Not sold on the domestic market because the collectivized agriculture was in free fall with millions of peasants fleeing to cities, and not sold on the export market because quality of these machines sucked and their technology was woefully outdated
As the head of the machining department QC my father was probably one of the most hated men in the factory and under a lot of political pressure. The factory management had to report every semester record numbers of combines produced to keep their jobs. However, my dad had this
strange habit of rejecting mechanical components that didn't meet the technical specifications which was an obstacle in the way of accomplishing production plans ordered by the Party. From the other side, the Union was unhappy because every part rejected by QC could not be
counted toward workers required number of parts they had to fabricate meaning a cut in their salaries. So I've seen him many going to the office of the company manager and coming back from there fuming as well as going to the Workers Union meetings and getting hit over there too
People who never lived in socialism have to understand the difference between the socialist economy which is planned by the Party/State in advance (usually in 5 year increments) and the capitalist economic system which is flexible, based on free initiative and market conditions
In the West nobody in the Government tells any company CEO or business owner you must manufacture this many items, which you must sell at this price for the next 5 years. Here in capitalism it's the market which dictates a business if the item will sell or not, how many
and at what price. If there is a demand for the product, the product will sell. If the product is in very high demand and there is a limited number available, the product price will be driven up, meaning more profits for the company and usually increased salaries for the best
workers. If the product doesn't sell, the company can improve it or come with a different product serving the same purpose at a lower price or something more efficient. Capitalism means initiative and flexibility. Decisions are made at the company level. and sometimes workers
come with the best solutions. If a company doesn't find those solutions it will eventually shut its doors. This doesn't happen in socialism. In socialism all economy is planned. This factory needs to make so many of these, the other company needs to make these many of that
It doesn't matter if a company doesnt sell what it makes; it will keep on cranking up the product for the rest of the remaining years of the 5 year plan filling the store warehouse shelves to the brim with products that expire or parking lots overflowing with machines that rust.
The production plans are reported as achieved or even surpassed, the workers are kept employed and paid from the State budget; they have no incentive to make quality products because their jobs are secure and they rarely get fired. In fact since in socialism unemployment is
officially nonexistent. The Party says everyone must have a job, and indeed everyone had a job - or else. Just to be clear: or else meant police arrest for truancy, which applied to both students and workers. In socialism, everyone has a job, even the ones who don't want one.
And furthermore: you can be the best at your job, you can innovate, you can revolutionize a manufacturing process, you can create a better more efficient product, you can be the genius who saves the company millions in materials and energy, you can design in your free time a
completely new product that will be an instant hit; by law, the company you work for cannot pay you more than 4 time your base salary, once. There is no option to start your own company, or get royalties from the product you improved of developed. Considering the average salary
at the time was the equivalent of $75 all you get from the State for your time and effort is $300 and in exceptional cases a tin medal.
So you brain dead socialist Bernie supporters, stop clutching or tapping on your precious IPhones for a second and tell me: if Steve Jobs would
Have lived in socialism and not in capitalism, what incentives would he had to develop your precious smartphone? Do you really believe he would have worked his ass for years and years then accepted a $300 reward for it? He couldn’t have launched his own company either because as
I already mentioned in socialism companies are controlled by the state and told what to produce and how much. So no socialist Iphones for you my dear leftist imbeciles, only capitalist ones. Yet, you yearn for socialism forgetting
the fact that if the smartphone would have been invented not in capitalism by a capitalist entrepreneur but in socialism by an underpaid and unrewarded inventor, it would probably looked something like this
One of the effects of this planned economy that was forcing companies to produce things regardless if they were working at a loss, was the insatiable demand of the socialist State for workforce. Competent or not, it didn’t mattered, the production numbers had to be met therefore
tons of people to meet those numbers were required. This is one of the reasons the villages were severely depopulated, practically the entire workforce in Romanian agriculture were old people who stayed behind supplemented with forced labor from school children, college
students and the military. And this is the reason why Ceausescu dictated the decree number 770/1966 that not only completely banned and criminalized abortions but also imposed Romanian women to birth a minimum of 4 children each,and in 1988 increased the the number to 5 children
This decree number has unimaginable repercussions not only for the women who were practically treated by the State as breeding cattle, but also for millions of children who were abandoned in children houses and had to endure neglect, famine, lack of medical attention and
terrible unsanitary living conditions that you only see in horror movies or war stricken third world countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Stay tuned for a continuation tomorrow when I will tell you about the unplanned and unwanted children of the planned socialist economy
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