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  •  The planned economies were no utopia (0+ / 0-)

    but ordinary people did not live in horrible conditions.( I'm mostly referencing the Eastern block, here.) There was full employment, public housing, healthcare etc in most of these countries. Most people did not live in material deprivation. Now compared to the West of course, wages and living standards were markedly lower, but again these countries had always been much poorer. This is also true even if we compare communist China(pre-1979) with say India. It beat India in economic growth, health measures, nutritional measures etc.

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