The Soviet Model and Underdeveloped Countries

The Soviet Model and Underdeveloped Countries

The Soviet Model and Underdeveloped Countries

The Soviet Model and Underdeveloped Countries

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This book is about economic development, that is, it specifically analyzes the strategy of development followed by the Soviet Union. It is hoped that the Soviet experience will provide some useful lessons, both negative and positive, for policy-makers in underdeveloped countries.

Continued underdevelopment is bringing untold suffering to millions of people. Unfortunately, both capitalist and Soviet development generated new sufferings in the process of eliminating the old. Neither the Soviet Union nor the United States has created a truly human society. The United States has been so interested in moneymaking and the Soviet Union in catching up to the United States that human values have been relegated to a secondary position in both countries.

Perhaps the leaders in underdeveloped countries, while eliminating the sufferings of underdevelopment as rapidly as possible, win draw upon the best from capitalist and Soviet experience and combine it with their own uniqueness to produce a new and humanistic civilization. To this end my book is offered.

Every writer is deeply indebted to those who have helped him. Some of my greatest debts are to those whom I know only through their writings -- Emmanual Mounier, Karl Polanyi, R. H. Tawney, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Their example of scholarship and social commitment has been a guide and inspiration. I was fortunate to study under Professor Dudley Dillard who helped me see that economics was an exciting field concerned with human beings, not just a branch of applied mathematics.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge my great indebtedness to Professor Norton T. Dodge for his helpful and critical advice at each successive stage of this book. Professors Robert L. Bennett and Robert E. L. Knight critically reviewed the entire manuscript at an early stage and made many helpful suggestions. I am also indebted to the late Professor Paul Baran, to Mr. Victor Perlo, and to Pro fessor . . .

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