That example was from my country, Poland and such examples were common. There were sayng circulating about it.That is an exaggeration. 1/3 of the people only doing something was not the norm. Some factories in certain areas were in fact under-employed. It was common to have a few extra un-needed people at the workplace, but let us not exagerate.
Nobel Prizes in peace or economy do tend to be politicized... but in chemistry or physics? Or physiology of medicine?he Soviets would have had many more Nobel prize winners if more of their scientists defected to the USA.
Honestly, the laughable Nobel Prize system is so politicized. It has no credibility and I do not respect it.
even the best scientist won't do much if they don't have technology. Scientists nned better and beter equipment, more advanced accelerators, microscopes etc. The Soviet Union was unable to keep the pace of technological growth comparable to USA - because of its centrally planned economy.
I neglected to mention that soviet science had its dark side too - for some time genetics, evolution and big bang theory were banned due to being incompatible with the principles of dialectic materialism - instead, other pseudo-scientific theories were taught.
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