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Mongolia in zud long for Soviet [Copy link] 中文

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Why do countries always long for communism when they face difficulties? That’s because human is inclined to depend on powerful things when they cannot solve problems by themselves.

Some western countries have begun to think about communist system nowadays. Of course it’s not the first time in history. If you check history book, you will find that every time they meet difficulties they will wave. Low human dignity!

I bet one day if they pass the hard time, they will forget what they say today. They will say they want more individual freedom.


Mongolia's zud
Bitter toll
As millions of animals die by famine, some herders long for the bad old days


IN A country where livestock outnumber people by an order of 16 to one, animal welfare is no small matter. In Mongolia this year the animals are not faring well at all, and the 2.8m human inhabitants are feeling their pain. Hundreds of thousands of Mongolians depend directly upon animals for their own livelihood.

Drought, cold and snow are the proximate causes of this season’s widespread misery. But weather alone is not to blame for its severity. In the 20 years since Communist rule in Mongolia ended, herding practices have changed drastically. Privatisation meant the dismantling of large collectives, and herders now find themselves missing some of the underappreciated benefits of scale—not to mention, in many cases, access to technical and management expertise of the kind that helped sustain operations through harsh winters.

According to Save the Children, another relief agency active in Mongolia, many distressed herders are advocating a return to the Soviet-style system. But even that would not set things right. The old system depended heavily on the Soviet army’s role as a reliable buyer of Mongolian animal products—as well as on direct subsidies ordered by the Politburo. Whatever the zud may bring in years to come, those days are gone for good.

http://www.economist.com/world/a ... m?story_id=15826325
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