command economy


Definition of command economy

: an economic system in which activity is controlled by a central authority and the means of production are publicly owned

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Recent Examples on the Web But a better system for stocking the shelves, even in theory, would entail something much more like a command economy of the old Soviet stripe. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Want Toilet Paper in an Epidemic?," 16 Apr. 2020 Without the centralized command economy, many social and health services could no longer run. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 6 Apr. 2020 Even at the height of the chiefdoms' power, Raleigh Island was at the very edge of its political reach, so the islanders probably maintained their independence from the pre-Columbian command economy. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "A drone helped archaeologists discover a lost Florida island settlement," 5 Nov. 2019 That was a relic of the command economy and the PBOC wanted to change it. Washington Post, "Why China’s Getting Ready to Shake Up Interest Rates," 16 Sep. 2019 This is all a replay of what was wrong with the Soviet-style command economies that collapsed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Berlin’s rent cap is a case of communist amnesia," 13 Sep. 2019 Raul Castro carried on the tradition with a decade of reform that promoted decentralization while retaining control of the command economy. Mac Margolis,, "New U.S. sanctions on Cuba have a silver lining," 20 Aug. 2019 Centrally planned command economies failed spectacularly, revealing that communists had no economic solution to the modern riddles of injustice and inequality, and were, furthermore, devastatingly blind to their own environmental depredations. Pankaj Mishra, Twin Cities, "Pankaj Mishra: Putin’s wrong, but so are liberals," 11 July 2019 As part of a legacy left by the Soviet Union’s command economy, the cotton harvest remains a defining feature of life for many Uzbeks. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Uzbekistan Aims to End Forced Labor in Cotton Fields," 17 Dec. 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Command economy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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