Western analysts were unprepared for the Soviet collapse because they accepted a host of false assumptions about the Soviet economy. A positive attitude toward central planning was considered a sign of sophistication, instead of the symptom of economic sophistry that the Soviet collapse once and for all proved it to be.

Paul Craig Roberts is the John M. Olin fellow at the Institute for Political Economy and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy.
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