has pulled more people out of poverty than currently live in the US. Meanwhile, Mao's China had the Great Leap Forward...
sure both have gotten a lot of people out of poverty, but thise are not equal achievements. That the world gets richer every year, is a given after the industrialization, so that poperty falls in general is not an achievement in it self, you would need the most insane system of distribution for that not to happen. You will need to compare mao´s china to another country/region that are compatible in the same historical ear(india for exsampel)
Stalin-era USSR did achieve significant industrialization, however.
the change to a market based economy has completly rekt the country. after the change the avg life expectancy fell whit 5 years. and they are hardly over the 1989 mark(in terms of the size of the ecnonomy) as of now, while inequality has risen significantly.
on the whole, nothing has been as effective at improving quality of life across the board as the post-WW2 global capitalist order
Compared to what? in the last 25 years it is compared to nothing, so your saying that there has been a rise in quality of life in the last 25 years is impressive? it hardly is. i hate marxist leninist as much as the next guy, but even those have fared better in reducing poverty than the western world. So even an obviously terrible and inefficient system has done better. So that is the reason i find it super unimpressive.
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