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Economics Project: China and The Failure of Command Economics

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Economics Project:
China and The Failure of Command Economics
Chase Newell
China has a horrible history of command economics systems. From 1949 through the 1980s a bout of communistic policies caused tons of serious problems. China tried to catch up economically by controlling the people, but this led to famine. When people were forced to produce steel in backyard furnaces, they could not focus on their own lives. The people were not supporting themselves, but instead, were doing what the government told them to do. The government gave food to the people. However, when the government could no longer do this, famine was vastly terrible.
China's command economics failed.
Mao
Mao Zedong caused, or helped cause, many horrible problems when he was in power. Before this, however, he came from a hard life. Mao grew up on a family farm. A supporter of communism, a system that has imprisioned billions of people, he imposed his policies on the nation. This lead to disaster. Communes gave out free food, but when famine hit, there was no food.
In communistic societies, there is no property, competition, or profit.
Mao started The Great Leap Forward. This program tried to double steel and food in a year. Backyard furnaces were everywhere to produce steel. Trying to catch up economically, China soon struggled to provide food for their own people. Competing communes pledged false amounts of food. This led to starvation. Violence and cruelty were also evident in The Great Leap Forward. Torture was used on the suffering citizens. There are many estimates of how many people died. The number could be over 40 million. Controlling people is never a solution.
The Cultural Revolution was Mao trying to get his control back. A book of quotes from him called "The Little Red Book" came out. Mao started to become popular with the younger generation. Groups called the Red Guards caused chaos, attacking people. Many schools were closed down, as well. The Cultural Revolution caused the murder of many innocent people.
Humans
are not
supposed
to have
power over
each other

Command economics is bad for people, including the communism in China. Many people starved to death, people did not have freedom, and culture and history were censored. The lack of industry was significant. Free enterprise is substantially better. If people were not forced to produce steel, they could have had regular jobs. Then, they could have purchased food, if there had been a free market. Governments cannot usually be fully trusted, according to history. We, humans, need to be free.
We need to
provide for
ourselves

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Backyard furnace
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