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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

Did communist countries fail because of communism, or because the U.S. government placed embargoes and sanctions on them?

Sanctions can have catastrophic effects on a country.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago
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    The USSR was (and is) bigger then the USA. It has more natural resources and population. The USA could never cause it to fail by economic sanctions or embargos. If they were truly communist and capable they could have kept the Soviet block intact and won the cold war.

    China is also bigger and has a lot of resources. The USA could not bring it down either with embargos or sanctions. They too should have been able to keep the bamboo curtain in place if the system of communism could be made to work.

    The ability of the US to contain communism is totally dependent on what allies the communist government has and or to what degree the economy of that nation is dependent on world trade. Even Cuba can put up a tough fight against the US on such actions.

    So I have to say that communism as practiced failed due to internal flaws in the system of government. The only communist communities that thrive are that way by mutual agreement not by the imposing of the system on an unwilling population.

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    • Walter B
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      6 months agoReport

      Using your idea of calling a country by its politics -- a person could call the US a fascist country as it has an ultra right wing government and has capitalism as its economic base, as does ALL fascist countries. Most Americans, or others, would not like to hear that.

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  • 6 months ago

    That's a very great question that has historians debating for decades now. I would suggest reading historiography on this subject.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    A lot of Communist countries placed embargoes on American goods, and refused to do business with the US, not the other way around. Communist regimes needed to restrict economic dealings with the US and other Western, capitalist nations in order to preserve their own, fragile and deeply-flawed economic policies. The Berlin Wall, for example, was not constructed solely for the purpose keeping the population inside East German control. It was primarily to prevent a free-flow of Western goods and currency, which would destabilize the Communist economic structure.

    Communist countries failed (and - without exception - will always fail) because Communism is fatally flawed. It may sound good on paper, but in practice, there are too many real-life issues and circumstances (including inevitable human corruption and abuses of power) that necessarily prevent it's utopian vision from ever being realized.

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  • 6 months ago

    There have never actually been working communists governments only socialists countries that have been called consumerists, if one reads the Communists Manifesto.and compares it to the so called communistic governments that have and do exists.

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  • 6 months ago

    Strictly speaking, there hasn't been a communist country yet, only socialist countries trying to become communist.

    The USSR had a tightly controlled economy that actually boomed after 1930, partly on the backs of unpaid prison labor. The USSR eventually failed due to excessive military spending and corruption, which was a chronic problem even in Czarist Russia. Bulgaria was better off under a socialist government, and Czechoslovakia grew under its arms industry. It probably could have grown faster under a capitalist economy, but there was growth.

    China has become the second largest economy in the world. Vietnam continues to grow under a socialist economy.

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  • Athena
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    6 months ago

    Communism.

    Like Socialism it only works while there is other people's money to take. Once all the money is gone you either let your people starve or you skip the country with their cash and live in the communist country next door.

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    • Tina
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      6 months agoReport

      Nonsense. There are countries in Europe thriving under what the USA would call Socialism.

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  • 6 months ago

    -- There has NEVER been a communist country with a communist economy, only socialist countries with socialist economies although having primarily communist governments.

    -- Communism can NOT exist at a national level because of the greed, selfishness and self centredness of people, It has only existed in small tribes.

    -- You do NOT call a country by its politics, but by its economic system. Although you may no like it, using your criteria of calling a country by its politics, people could call the US a fascist country as it has a ultra right wing government and has capitalism as its economic base. Capitalism is fundamental to a Fascist country, as well as being part of other countries from centralist to right wing and ultra right wing politically.

    • Killmouseky
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      6 months agoReport

      As Mussolini, the creator of Fascism put it, Fascism is really just corporatism.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    SOmetimes it's cbecasuew communsitm. OTher tiems tis tbecause it's abecaus ro f embaortiges

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    The U.S. implemented a policy of heavy sabotage. We had spies infiltrate communist countries and destroy them from the inside out. The USSR and communist China were doing pretty good considering their starting points. They built rockets and got the first human to space, had the highest literacy rates in the world, zero unemployment, healthcare for all, etc. As time went on, sabotage ruined them. The US armed the taliban which led to a costly war for the USSR, they convinced many nations to sanction them or become part of the eviI 'red menace', there was also the Korean War and Vietnamese War, the space and nuclear competitions also drained resources, and then there were famines (which some say were caused by America). Russia is and had been a major oil-producing country. The only reason it is and was not stronger economically is because of sanctions.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    They failed because of communist, and would have failed faster if USA didn't meddle with them. USA trying to meddle in it and prevent it only caused those countries to keep it up for longer.

    True communism can only work in small communities.

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