by Joe Jarvis
The Daily Bell
Central planning in the Soviet Union caused massive shortages.
But government incompetence and corruption had its silver lining.
For instance, housing shortages kept people cooped up in small crowded quarters. But that meant tight-knit communities formed, where people could rely on one another for mutual aid during the hard times.
And there were plenty of hard times.
People couldn’t rely on the government to deliver enough food. So each community also grew staple food products.