3:32 am on August 2, 2021
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This concise film documents the little known populist uprisings in the USSR in mid 1962 resulting in widespread societal disruptions and disenchantment with living conditions. Because of the absence of a market pricing system of profit and loss, centrally planned socialism cannot calculate and function as a viable, productive economic system. The Soviet government could not guarantee basic services to the people. These events occurred several months before the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 where Khrushchev lost prestige and was forced to remove the missiles installed there. Interesting to speculate how they may have contributed to Khrushchev’s eventual ouster as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and as chairman of the country’s Council of Ministers in 1964.