lando asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

What caused dissolution in the soviet union and what prevented that from occurring in the US?

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  • 1 month ago

    What caused the Soviet Union to collapse was long lines of people waiting to buy the things that most Americans take for granted, bread, toilet paper and other essentials of life.  People began to trad in cabbages instead of rubles and the Soviet Union did not have the freedoms that Americans take as their right. They also had no set way for the transfer of power. They sometimes suffered famine because of the failure of basic crops like wheat and other essentials for life. America on the other hand because of its constitution had a stable government and guaranteed freedoms which are not always perfect but which we always strive to live up to and are willing to die for. 

  • garry
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    read soviet history an learn you fool .. trolls are a pain in the butt ..

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Gorbachev's decision to allow elections with a multi-party system and create a presidency for the Soviet Union began a slow process of democratization that eventually destabilized Communist control and contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    The US is already democratized.

  • 1 month ago

    A combination of reasons.  Various ethnic groups wanted independence, many having had it within living memory.  The economy, based on an idiotic nonfunctional concept, sucked, and was rendered bankrupt by a foolish war in Afghanistan.  An unstable government which went through several heads in just a few years.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Communism has a total different belief in how its citizens are treated.  They have the rights the Government give them and it is their job to give themselves for their country in times of trouble.  If your country calls on you to give your life for your country then you must give your life to achieve the goal of the leader and the couhtry.  People have no right to criticize or question government decisions and risked serious and harsh punishment for doing so.  Bad government decisions made early on in most Communist coutries  caused millions of deaths by starvation as the communist threw the farmers off their land and put inexperienced people in to running the country's food production.

      Communism promises everyone gets a job from the government so wages must be kept low and no one is allowed to run their own business which severely cuts down on the choice of products that can be bought by the average person.  Life for citizens is very basic and austere and living conditions could be cramped as in housing shortages a small 2 bedroon apartment where a family lived they may be forced to take in another family.

      Work was a sham as no one was allowed to boss anyone around as all people were supposed to be equal, but certain high ranking citizens were always a bit more equal than others who actually led nearly capatilist lives out of the site of the common citizen.  This ideal where all people will work for the government leads to massive inefficiencies where many work slowly as there is little chance of advancement and no chance of a pay rise so many felt there was no point in making any huge effort.  Most workplaces were over staffed and many jobs were created just to give a person employment.  For example in Russia there would be 2 people in the cab of a train.  One would drive the train and the other would blow the horn and that was his only job, and nether was allowed to do the other's job.   Factories were kept inefficient with little modernisation as if they modernized there would be less jobs and there would be a risk to the government that they could not employ everyone as Communism is supposed to do.  

      The big problem comes as populations increase to keep finding jobs for new workers and extra wages must be found even though less is being produced per person.  In Russia they could no longer afford to pay everyone's wages every week.  this meant you may get paid every 3 months and you rarely received your full wage.  Money became shorter and shorter in the Russia and Russia struggled to be able to buy in enough food to feed its people.  They tried to trade for grain with Tractors and cars, Vodka and Russian cigarettes which were all poor quality products compared to western products and few people wanted to buy them in the west.  Lines for the limited food could have Russians queing for hours for a loaf of bread standing outside in the snow.

      The other problem the Russians had was trying to keep up to America with a powerful military.  Much of their economy went to the military and Russia and also subsidized other Communist countries like Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and others.  Finally there had to be changes and Mikhai Gorbachev the then Communist leader Announced the Truth that Communism was collapsing and a failure and admitted what the communists wanted the Russians to believe that Americans lived a much better life than Russians.  The Russians were devastated as they had believed their life was superior to all others in the world and now their leader was telloign them that the communist government had failed them and forced them into a poorer life than westerners.

      Capitalists are free to run ther own lives and what they make of their life is totally up to the effort they are willing to put into life.  Companies only have the staff they need and are not burdened by staff placed there by the government to give everyone a job.  Companies thrive if they offer good products and services and so they strive to produce goods and services of quality, as if people do not like what you offer they have the choice to go elsewhere and your business suffers or goes bankrupt.  The country has many ways to make money the Communist countries cannot use, and much of a country's wealth is generated by the private businesses run efficiently by competant people.

  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Good question.  Only a few years ago I would have assumed that a break up of the USA into smaller federations of states would be impossible, but your political divides have now assumed catastrophic levels, and I fear that is the only way to ward off a total decline into something similar to a South American country with an internal 'dirty war'.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The USSR had too many nationalities who also wanted to be independent and an inefficient economy (the USSR spent also far more money on the military as a share of the GDP and people were getting frustrated that they did not get what they wanted and needed and usually of poor quality) and inefficient political system where elderly leaders could not be replaced by vote.

  • 2 months ago

    Communism is an engine designed to power itself.  If you've ever studied the of the pursuits for the fabled "perpetual motion machine" you understand that such a thing is simply not sustainable in the physical world. The engine eventually consumes more resources than the economy can produce and collapses.

    Capitalism is an engine designed to power other engines.  In doing so the energy generated can be used, in turn, to power other engines down to the individual level. Even if the central or regional engines become bogged down, the local engines can compensate and maintain operation of the system as a whole.

  • Jerome
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Greed for 1. Democracy for 2.

    It's why now our democracy is under attack and America is falling, I mean failing.....🤔

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The dissolution of the Soviet Union (1988–1991)[b] was the process of internal disintegration within the USSR, which began with growing unrest in its various constituent republics developing into an incessant political and legislative conflict between the republics and the central government, and ended when the leaders of three primal republics (the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR and the Byelorussian SSR) declared it no longer existed, later accompanied by 11 more republics, resulting in President Mikhail Gorbachev having to resign and what was left of the Soviet parliament formally acknowledging what had already taken place.

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