Ketchum, Carl J.
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The Russia of today, as witnessed by the speaker over the past summer as a guest of the Canadian National Council of Education, travelling through the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics for three months. An appreciation of the territorial enormity of the land, the complexity of the language, etc. Government regions in the Union. Details of the Community Party structure. The speaker's freedom in travelling and visiting factories. An idea of what the first five-year plan is and what the second plan stands for. Origins, history, and details of the first five-year plan since it was conceived in 1928. The speaker's response to the question of whether the first five-year plan succeeded. Examples and instances of success in the field of industrial construction. Employment conditions. The food question still very, very acute. Extermination of the Kulak class. The lack of knowledge of the uprising through the strangling of the press. This year the best wheat harvest since 1913. Consolidating forces in the Northern Caucasus. The effect of American recognition on the morale of the people. America looked upon as a friendly democracy. The second five-year plan. Fundamental aim and purpose of the second five-year plan. Bringing about an absolutely classless society, and the significance of that goal. The remaining difficulty of the food crisis. Hope that the terms of the second plan will begin producing food for home consumption. Why there is no unemployment in Russia. The absolute system of pressed labour. An absolute dictatorship of the proletariat, maintained by the army, the secret police and propaganda. An anecdote in connection with their aggressive propaganda. Prohibition of religious practice. Cultural development. Russia's economic situation. A Russian market for Canadian goods. The Russian sense of humour. A concluding anecdote.