THE UNIFIED ECONOMIC PLAN
THE economic mechanism which the Soviet régime has built up in Russia is characterized most prominently by the simplicity of its plan and the awkwardness and complexity of its actual construction. The simplicity of the plan is, no doubt, due primarily to the fact that its various stages were designed theoretically, very often with an utter disregard for practical considerations. The complexity and the imperfection of the structure, as expressed in the actual results, are due, no doubt, to the character of the materials with which the régime had to work.
The plan, underlying the whole Soviet economic mechanism, is made up, primarily, of two elements, viz., unity and hierarchy. The first of these elements calls for an effective coördination of the various phases of the whole country's economic life and a concentration of the control over these various factors. The second makes it imperative that these various factors be classified and then subordinated one to another in an ascending order.
The Soviet economic mechanism built on this plan may be represented diagramatically as follows: At the