^I would imagine things are just as bad in the Typhon Pact worlds.
The difference will be, I think, which society will be more free--and therefore, more industrial. A command economy will eventually collapse--as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union can attest. It's just a matter of how and when....
I think the best thing Bacco can tell the Federation right now is, frankly, to "Stay The Course"...and to not be afraid.
"The saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia.... 'Needs and abilities' are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to 'the State shall take, the State shall give'."