Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ford and the Soviet Union

I've been reading Amity Shlaes The Forgotten Man, and came across some material that casts an interesting light on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism. It's a commonplace of discussing Nazism to define fascism as a cooperative union of big business with a repressive government. We don't generally think about early Soviet communism as having had a close relationship with Western big business, but that seems to have been the case from very early revolutionary days. Ford, in particular, seems to have been the father of early Soviet agriculture, thanks to the literally tens of thousands of Fordson tractors that Ford sold to the Soviets starting in 1919. Other Western businessmen (Andrew Mellon, for instance) bought masterpieces from the Hermitage. They got priceless masterpieces, while the Soviets got cash to keep the revolution going.

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