Brilliant insight. The similarities are scary. The problem in America; and in the Soviet Union, was not shortages but an incredibly inefficient system that did a terrible job of meeting basic needs.
Most Americans have access to life’s basic necessities. The system is simply incredibly inefficient and ineffective and getting more so all the time. An interesting similarity between the USSR and the USA. Is that in both countries the political system has become incredibly unresponsive to average people and controlled by tiny cadres of ideologues totally dedicated to fantasy ideologies.
In Russia, this was Lenin’s comic book version of Marxism. In the United States, it is Ayn Rand’s cartoon of capitalism. The results are largely the same — a system that cannot meet the basic needs of citizens.