let's discuss about how scumbag and admirable were both of them
Soviets couldn't into economics and stagnated until their collapse, not particularly admirable.
The Soviet Union was one watchman short of launching an all-out nuclear assault on the United States due to an error in their systems which reported 5 warheads launched from the U.S.
Colonel Stanislav Petrov, despite having no outside information whatsoever, deduced that the logical American attack would have been a massive all-out wave, and that only a few scattered missiles was very unlikely. Instead of simply relaying the information, which could only have lead to a retaliating strike, Petrov dismissed the information, which turned out to be a sensor error. For saving unknowable masses from annihilation, Petrov was dismissed from service for disobeying orders.
The United States was only one low-voltage backup switch away from detonating a 3.8 megaton bomb on North Carolina, a bomb which was reported to have roughly 250 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The aircraft that was transporting the device had a major fuel leak and broke up in the air. The aircraft's explosion rendered 3 of the 4 safety systems in the bomb inoperable. Only the "ready-safe" switch prevented a 17-mile "100% kill radius" in mainland United States.
There was also an incident in 1983 where NATO organized a simulated nuclear exercise in Belgium and the Soviets believed it to be a ruse that would make them relax, and become vulnerable to an actual nuclear strike. Due to this, full preparations were made to fire all available nuclear missiles at the slightest provokation.
I think it's terrifying how close both of them came to nuking themselves by accident. It could have VERY easily went the other way.
Remember reading something about how nukes were armed hundreds of times between us 2 and pointed at each other with fingers on the button and never released to the public
Americans literally moved to the USSR for jobs during the great depression. It was only once FDR took a page out of Stalin's regulatory playbook that the country started working again.
And the Russian economic collapse actually got worse once they started with capitalism. A shame Brezhnev, Andropov, and Gorbachev fucked things up so badly though - hard to have competent central planning when the people can't meaningfully complain about the planners being shit.
The Soviet Union collapsed 24 years ago so you cannot mention its collapse for one more year before it is considered history.
I can take in the glory of being a minority in my own country.
It's such a pity that Stalin killed all those engineers, scientists, artists, writers and scholars in his great pogroms and famines.
Imagine the kind of people who might have been around to try to make communism workable. You know Stalin essentially outlawed the study of economics? The most necessary subject for people to learn if they are to establish a new economic system?
Do you have a source on American emigration to the USSR? I can't see a nation that is that focused on isolating itself from the west and afraid of espionage, taking any significant number of American immigrants, who might as well be spies.
And those few hundreds of defectors who emigrated out of ideological reasons don't really count
>Americans literally moved to the USSR for jobs during the great depression. It was only once FDR took a page out of Stalin's regulatory playbook that the country started working again.
Here come the marxists desperately trying to re-write history and take control over this board lel.