Yugp again: Milosevich's misdeeds and the secession

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Nov 14 09:54:50 MST 1995

On Mon, 13 Nov 1995 ROSSERJB at VAX1.ACS.JMU.EDU wrote:

> To Bryan Alexander:
>      One non-trivial error in your recitation is that in
> fact inflation in Yugoslavia had been gotten under control
> during 1990.  Things were going well before Milosevic's
> demands triggered the secessions and the wars began.
> Barkley Rosser

Going well?!

Following a recession in 1974-1975, investment declined in the former
Yugoslavia, the foreign debt escalated, production fell, and
unemployment grew rapidly. The economic crisis caused 600,00 Yugoslav
workers to seek work in Germany alone. Yugoslavia's dubious embrace of
"market socialism" increased its dependency on western finance capital
and heightened the economic crisis in ways similar to the current crisis in

Under the impact of these strains, the Communist Party of Yugoslavia
began to disintegrate in January 1990. The split of the party took place
along the regional lines demarking the former Yugoslav Federal
Republic. Each of the local former CP ruling groups tried to cut deals
with imperialism to ease the economic burden of their region. While
reaching out to imperialism, they simultaneously enflamed nationalist
feelings among their populations in order to provide a popular base for
their actions. The most pernicious expression of this tendency is the
Slobodan Milosevic regime in Serbia.

The various ruling groups of the former Yugoslavia had been veering
toward regional competition long before the economic crisis of the
1990's. In the 1960's and 1970's, the Croatian Communists demanded
that income from the lucrative tourist areas along the Dalmatian coast
to be funneled exclusively to Croatia. Each region began to strive
toward self-sufficiency, a move that worked to the detriment of less-
developed areas. By 1985, for example, the income of the average
Slovenian was 70% higher than that of the average Macedonian. By
1989, it was 125% more.

If Yugoslavia is supposed to be a successful example of market socialism,
then we are in deep trouble. It is time Rosser and Burns went back to the
drawing-board. This MS just doesn't fly.

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