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    The Revolt of the Kulaks Has Begun

    The Revolt of the Kulaks Has Begun

    The beginning of a protest movement against Barack Obama’s redistributive policies is underway. Though still small, every movement starts somewhere. While called the “Tea Party” after the Boston Tea Party, this movement is similar to movements throughout history where the producers of society refuse to have their property and income confiscated.

    This movement can succeed if it does not stop at protest and includes changes in economic behavior. Obama’s redistributive plans require higher taxation, but higher tax plans (to be announced this week by Obama) are based on the fallacy that the “rich” will not change their economic behavior in reaction to higher tax rates.

    History tells us, however, that economic redistribution plans fail because the producers of society would rather not produce, than have the fruits of their production taken away and given to others. Obama can raise the tax rates on income, but he cannot force people to generate income to be taxed. People may just say “no.” This resistance will not come from evading taxes, but from evading taxable income. In the end, as must all economic redistributors, Obama either will have to resort to repressive measures, or he will have to abandon his redistributive plans.

    The best example of this phenomenon is the forced collectivization of farms in the Soviet Union. At the time of the Revolution, Russia was a largely agrarian society which allowed more productive farmers (so-called “kulaks”) to prosper. Since the kulaks represented a political threat to communism, the collectivization of farming was a focus of communist policy. From the start, the kulaks resisted, requiring Lenin to resort to repression:

    Comrades! The revolt by the five kulak volost’s must be suppressed without mercy. The interest of the entire revolution demands this, because we have now before us our final decisive battle “with the kulaks.” We need to set an example.

    1) You need to hang (hang without fail, so that the public sees) at least 100 notorious kulaks, the rich, and the bloodsuckers.
    2) Publish their names.
    3) Take away all of their grain.
    4) Execute the hostages – in accordance with yesterday’s telegram.

    This needs to be accomplished in such a way, that people for hundreds of miles around will see, tremble, know and scream out: let’s choke and strangle those blood-sucking kulaks.

    Telegraph us acknowledging receipt and execution of this.

    Yours, Lenin

    P.S. Use your toughest people for this.

    From 1928-1932, Stalin pressed forward with collectivization. In some circumstances, peasants lost the private ownership of land to the collective, in other instances land owners where forced to give most or all of their production to the state or collective. The forced collectivization was more violent at some times than others, but the consistent theme was the use of government power to force the Kulaks to subsidize less successful farmers and the state (sound familiar?).

    “Stalin wanted to transform individual farms into large collective farms because he saw that the government was losing money to private traders. This required that the majority of farmers would have to work and live together on large state-run farms. Through these farms Stalin hoped to increase agricultural productivity, create grain reserves for Russia, and free many peasants for industrial work in the cities. In some cases the collectivization took the form of collective farming, in others forced reallocation of crop production.” (Cite)

    But the peasants, particularly the kulaks, refused to submit willingly, despite the promise that the contribution of their property would increase the collective good. “How did peasants initially respond to the idea of collectivization? Party agitators sent to the villages to persuade peasants of the benefits of collectivization often met with skepticism and mockery. Peasants who resisted the pressure of regional party officials to enroll in collective farms were labeled as kulaks; those who feared confiscation sold off their property as quickly as they could, in effect self-dekulakizing.” (Cite)

    In response to resistance, Stalin turned to terror. Yet resistance continued. Most significantly, peasants preferred to burn their crops and destroy their property rather than have it taken over by the government.

    “But the peasants objected violently to abandoning their private farms. In many cases, before joining the kolkhozy they slaughtered their livestock and destroyed their equipment, The losses, as well as the animosity toward the Soviet regime, became so great that Stalin decided to slow down the collectivization process.” (Cite)

    The results of collectivization were food shortages and famine. Peasants preferred starvation and death to property confiscation.

    “Peasant resistance to collectivization took many forms: wanton slaughter of livestock, women’s riots (bab’i bunty), theft and destruction of collective farm property, and, perhaps most widely spread, an intentionally slow pace in carrying out directives of the kolkhoz administration. The tremendous loss of livestock through slaughter, inadequate fodder, and simple neglect made it virtually impossible for kolkhozes to fulfill their procurement quotas for meat and dairy products.” (Cite)

    Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress, who are so anxious to raise income taxes on the “rich,” will be in for a rude surprise. There is nothing Obama can do about people who would rather not work than have the fruits of their labors confiscated, or who structure their lives to avoid taxation.

    In addition to protest, supporters of the Tea Party would do well to change their economic behavior to deprive Obama of what he wants most, your tax dollars. Invest in municipal bonds, carefully manage your investments to minimize taxable income, do everything possible and legal to insulate yourself from creating taxable income. In so doing, you will doom Obama’s plans because the inability to raise tax revenues will cause Obama to move to more confiscatory tactics, and then the political revolt really will begin, as it has throughout history. Can you say 1994?
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    UPDATE: The Soviet-era poster above says “Come, Comrades! With us to the Kolkhoz!”; other posters from the forced collectivization campaign are available here.

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    Comments


    I've got to agree with the doom and gloom guys. I've got a modest 401K (70K) and am just into the top 10% of wage earner brackets. I went to college at age 30 and busted my hump to get a degree and have worked my way up in the company. I had 20% down on my home, made sure that the payments < 25% of my pay. And it turns out I was the dumbass for all of it. I'm contemplating cashing out the 401K now before the govt. decides to take it. And yes, I applied for my Illinois Firearms Owner ID… I already had my fathers .45 side arm from his service. I will be purchasing an M4 and re-familiarizing myself with it. (US Army). I have a hard time seeing my Country going down like this. I cannot imagine the military being used against civilians here… if the govt. REALLY attempts to take 401K's, I think that will be the tipping point to some serious blood shed. I wish that political action could change things, but I don't see how that's going to be possible… when 51% realize they can get the other 49% to subsidize their lifestyle, there's nothing left for it but refreshing Jefferson's tree. I seriously see that coming within the next few years. The boomers are retiring and they're going to withdraw tons of money from the market. They are also going to expect us fewer number of workers to support ever larger numbers of them. Does not Compute.

    I think people are missing a vital component here. The current economy isn’t built on people tied to the land. Many of those top 5% are nationals of other countries, here to make a better life because the system has better rules in which to do it, or belong to a set of professionals with a applicable skill set (engineers, programmers, etc.).
    Once the rules are rewritten to make the US not so attractive to those people, the US will experience a brain drain of skill sets that allow for operation in any country, add to that a capital drain as investors see the US as just another country with socialist tendencies.
    Unless the US is going to ban travel, both people and capital are going to seek out other better locations. These people are going to go where the opportunity is, whether they are Indians, Chinese, or Americans. They will not be part of the protests; they will be watching it from abroad.

    I’m NO brainiac,
    But it seems to me people better pull back from all the running around and “living it up.” We actually may get to the point of putting money in coffee cans and buring them in the rose garden like our grandparents did. Stop going to movies every Friday night and eating out 6 nights a week. A simple and REAL way to revolt is to HOLD ON TO OUR MONEY! Yeah, it won’t grow like it would if it were “working for us” in the stock market and yeah it is a hassle staying at home, but we don’t need 42 pairs of shoes, or weekend golf games.

    Protest by NOT spending money!

    “I wish that political action could change things …”

    Well, you used to could vote for Republicans. Not so much, any more.

    Look at California. Arnold Hussein Schwarzennegger ran on a no-tax pledge and lo and behold, in the middle of the worst economic crisis ever to hit his state and the nation, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, what does he do?

    He raised taxes? WTF is wrong with these people?

    Let’s also not forget that, but for Republicans, the $787 Billion stimulus bill would have failed to pass.

    So, let’s make something clear here: Republicans are working hand-in-hand with Democrats to tax and spend your children’s future away.

    I wish that there was a political solution too.

    But there isn’t.

    The problem with RINO Republicans is that too many are afraid to stand on principle. That’s why Arnold caved in on taxes, even though he has fought the good fight against Dems in the executive and legislative branches to furlough workers and cut the state payroll. He needs to let the state run off of the cliff.

    The same is true of the Republican leadership. Steele should not give any support to Snowe, Collins, or Specter, since they voted against the party leadership. More important, we need a GOP version of the ‘Kossacks’ to run conservative candidates against these three in the primaries. We need to show RINOs there is a price to be paid for bucking the party.

    There is a political solution, but unless we can get enough folks to stick together, like the Democrats have, we won’t be able to carry through on it. This (party unity, and standing on principle) has always been the weak spot for the GOP. Just once, I wish they’d all grow a pair.


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