Raya Dunayevskaya 1942

An Analysis of Russian Economy

First published: December 1942-February 1943 in New International;
Transcribed: by Damon Maxwell.

Introductory Note

A – Overview. December 1942

I – The Approach

II – A Statistical Abstract of the USSR

III – Plans and Accomplishments

1 – First Five Year Plan, 1928-32
2 – The Second Five Year Plan, 1932-37
3 – The Third Five Year Plan and Labor Productivity

B – “Socialist Accumulation” January 1943

I – The “Socialized” State Budget, or Turnover

II – Fight for Profit, or the Modus Operand! of a Soviet Undertaking

C – The Economics of Russian Agriculture, 1928-41

I – The World Crisis and the Russian Famine

1 – The World Market and the Russian Agricultural Crisis
2 – The Effect of the Russian Famine on the Population.

II – The Free Market on the Countryside

III – Private Property in the Kolkhozy; Millionaires and Paupers

IV – Mechanization and Unemployment in the Countryside

D – Social Classes in Russia. February 1943

I – The Proletariat

1 – The Worker and the Law
2 – Ending Depersonalization and Creating Stakhanovism
3 – Ending Rationing and Producing Luxury Goods
4 – The Worker’s Standard of Living at the Outbreak of War

II – The Intelligentsia: The Social Physiognomy of the Ruling Class



In the article, “An Analysis of Russian Economy,” which appeared in the December issue of The NEW INTERNATIONAL, under the table on the “Relationship of Industrial Level in the Development of Russia and Capitalist Countries; Per Capita Production of Russia in Percent-ages as Compared to the U.S.A. and Germany,” Russian industrial production as a whole when compared to Germany’s appeared as 28.4 per cent. It should have been 46.2 per cent.