Socialism is good at creating some things. Anger, resentment, dog food like meat paste, urban blight, wealthy and powerful dictators who hide behind red stars and clenched fists, Berkeley. But it’s not so good at making things most people want. Now, I will say that occasionally something good will come out of a socialist country, but almost without exception this good is a vestige of a more prosperous (more free market) time. Think Cuban cigars or Saabs.
The Soviet Union basically made almost nothing good. Or at least nothing good for the average person. The booze was barely ingestible, the food was barely food, and the cars, they a simply the stuff of legend. If you think the union mentality produced crappy cars in Detroit in the 70s and 80s, Pontiacs and AMCs are the absolute height of engineering when compared to the “cars” produced behind the Iron Curtain.
But commies could make bombs. We’ll give them that. At least enough bombs.