Harleen Sangha/The Washington Post
After the controversial divide between the Capitalist and Socialist structure, two resolutions have finally been passed in the Council of Economic Assistance (COMECON) in the year 1987.
While countries like Ukraine and Poland supported capitalizing, most other countries wished to keep the Socialist structure. Capitalizing is following the decentralization strategy, giving the power back to different states and enabling autonomy, whereas Socialism focuses on the centralized system, where all power is given to Russia.
The Czechoslovakian Republic stated comments for keeping Socialism saying things like how the nation would be in shambles if the Communist system was implemented. They also stated that they can keep the Socialist model by investing in the economy and planning and focusing again.
After coming to a consensus that the economy must be saved and the rebellious groups must be dealt with, the Republic of Poland, Gorbachev, and Shevardnadze came together and wrote out resolution 2.3.2.
This resolution mainly states how the USSR will be more democratic, how COMECON members may intervene rebel groups, an increase in the development of the agricultural industry, the trade of natural resources for education and industry production, and cooperation with the West.
There is slow progress being taken towards a more democratic process of transitioning into Communism. It is debatable whether it may be appropriate to play such a game with civilians. In the next election, there may only be Communist voters and members running for state. Eight years later, all will be eligible to vote, however, staunch Communist members are still the only ones to run, locking the system into a cycle of Communist beliefs and notions.
The eight years has been described as a trick to lure people in after such a long time simply because they wish to vote and that is the only system present there to stop the USSR collapsing, especially during such a tough economic situation and the ongoing Cold War.
Following the passing of this resolution, the delegate of Ukraine stated their remarks on this mere victory, “Stalinist countries weren’t very cooperative but through truth and progressive policies and democracy we were able to overcome progressivism and able to give power back to the people.”
At the same time, resolution 2.3.4 was also passed, primarily focused on the development economy and technological expansion. This was passed by the Head of Science and Georgia. Idealistic approaches like taxing incomes over 2 million dollars at a rate of 90% were included.
What is in store for the USSR in such absurd circumstance and whether or not this will work; only time will tell.