late wrote:The problem with the Soviet government is that it was a command economy. Which is also what killed it. In a capitalist economy, when there is an economic crisis, millions of people make millions of adjustment to adapt to it. A command economy is just a bunch of bureaucrats, and by the time they react to a crisis, sometimes it's going to be too late.
Please note that I didn't call it communist.
China has a system of state-directed capitalism which has been quite successful so far.
The command economy had obvious faults, but it could have been made to work with a system of enlightened government.
The main problem is corruption and non-transparency. The Soviet leaders like today's Chinese leaders had to do everything to suppress dissension. Without the means for criticizing bad policies by independent organs such as the media, every regime will fail sooner or later.
To try and cover up failure is inherent in human nature.