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- May 28, 2016
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I think state capitalist is the best way to describe them. They were supposed to be communist, but they got stuck at the 'dictatorship of the proletariat' bit. Either they never intended to relinquish their new found power right from the start of them seizing it, or they were corrupted by the power and didn't want to give it up. That's not socialism. It certainly isn't how communism is meant to be either. It doesn't seem to ever have worked on a large scale. If you want it to work at all, it seems to be best in a small group. I think people find the power they have acquired too addictive and decide to keep it all for themselves. It's sad because it's a good idea but we seem to mess it up every time. But capitalism needs to change or be completely got rid of or we are all heading for economic, environmental and personal chaos.I'm not sure that there has ever been a socialist country, only those that deem themselves socialist - and usually only in the estimation of their rulers, sitting pretty at the top.
Most former Eastern Bloc countries were characterized by State Control, and did NOT have anything like significant democratic input from the general populace. I don't know whether it's best to describe these countries as deformed workers states with a bureaucracy, or state-capitalist. But I do know they were not socialist.