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post #1981 of 1986 Old Today, 09:55 AM
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Was life in the USSR really that grim back in the 80's?

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Was life in the USSR really that grim back in the 80's?
That's part of the reason why it dissolved. There were bread lines, crappy appliances, etc.

Official story is that the arms race drove them to bankruptcy but even if they weren't spending money on missiles, they just didn't have the economic output to support a large populace and country to a high standard of living.

They had to import grain, from the US and others. No currency to import nice consumer goods. Americans were loving advances at the time like microwave ovens and VCRs.

To this day, the only thing Russia has going for them is resource extraction -- mainly oil and mining to a much lesser extent. So the oligarch/kleptocrats could enrich themselves from old industrial goods but they never modernized their industry. They obviously had some math and computer science talent but now they're known mostly for hacking.
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I dunno. We've been hitching rides to the International Space Station from them for several years now that we've essentially abandoned our manned space program.
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Yeah they invested a lot in basic science after WWII. They probably had their share of German rocket scientists, like the the US.

I remember seeing an almanac of world universities one time and Moscow State rated high in many basic science disciplines.

So for instance they could design and build high-performance jet fighters but these had little in the way of advanced avionics and long-distance air-to-air weapons.

While their space program achieved a lot, it didn't lead to commercial technology products like the US space program did.

They continued to develop jet and rocket technology but by the late '70s, private American companies were doing a lot with IC design and fabrication processes, which opened the way for all the digital innovation which drives a significant part of the US and global economy.

You hear about tech startups from all over the world but not so much Russia or China, which is good at imitating or stealing IP but not so much innovating something new.
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Was life in the USSR really that grim back in the 80's?
And never forget the great car called the Yugo that had its spare tire stowed on top of the engine.

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