Thursday, October 20, 2011

99% — 98%

or: What's a lousy 1% between Comrades

1931 Soviet propaganda: Exploiters 2% , Peasants 98%

"in the U.S. in 1922, 1% of the people held 59% of the national wealth"

"In the Soviet Union the exploiting classes account for not more than 2% of the people's income. There remains 98% in the hands of the workmen and peasants,"

"Now if in the U.S.S.R. in 1929-30 only about 2% of the people's income went to the exploiting classes, where does the rest go? Clearly it remains in the hands of the laborers and the working peasants. Herein is the source of the strength and prestige of the Soviet power among the millions of the working class and peasants. Herein the basis for the systematic growth of the material welfare of the workers and peasants in the Soviet Union."

file under: everything old is new again

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