The Soviet Impact on World Trade in Gold and Platinum

  • Michael Kaser


The bounty of Nature is not taken without human cost. The miners of coal and ores who made possible the Industrial Revolution suffered tragic losses in Europe and North America, and even today, despite great improvements in industrial safety throughout the world, natural resources have still to be won at the expense of life and limb.1 But the toll levied by Stalin’s exploitation of gold and platinum beggars the record of the capitalist system, and has yet to be revealed in all its enormity.2


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