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    I think you’re being a little harsh

    I think you’re being a little harsh

    I defy you to point to a single sentence written by Marx or Lenin complaining about corporate jet owners, or a single sentence uttered by Obama demanding that the kulaks pay their “fair share” of the harvest.

    Thanks to reader Rich who writes:

    I saw this pair of messages on a car parked next to mine at a restaurant in Melbourne Florida, very near Patrick AFB.  Anti-Obama sentiment runs strong around here.

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    Many unfortunately forget that there was a relatively lengthy period of time leading up to Joseph Stalin’s boldest, out-and-out open class warfare pronouncements, culminating in early 1930 with the unleashing of his full bore “dekulakization” program. During the decade in which he was consolidating It didn’t just “emerge” one fine day. In the process of consolidating his power, he first took on the left in the communist party, and then the right. For a period of time in the 1920s lip service was even paid to a role for market forces in the agricultural sector by the communists.

    But ultimately, his “crash collectivization,” or “socialization” of the countryside, was based on the profoundly false premise that agricultural collectives would be able to produce more food . . . to feed the urban masses who were industrializing the Soviet Union economy. History, they rationalized, literally demanded it.

    Of course during that period, the question was frequently raised, “Who is a Kulak?” Much like defining the elusive class enemy of “progressives” today — the rich — definitions and characteristics change rather frequently, so it was a hard question to pin down. As one persistent story has it, Stalin reportedly mused at one point that the answer to the elusive question was simple: “Who are the Kulaks? They are those who oppose us.”

    Willie Sutton said that he robbed banks because that’s where the money was. Joseph Stalin robbed the Ukraine of years of grain harvests because that was where the wheat was. The Ukraine was and is the breadbasket of Eastern Europe. And in the process of first killing and/or forcibly exiling the kulaks, and then implementing a plan for setting unreasonably high quota production requirements for the Ukraine, resulting in all of the harvest being shipped to Russia and other Soviet republics, the result was the mass starvation of the Ukrainian people. He and his communist party thereby committed one of the worst genocidal crimes of of modern times.

    Reading only a few pages of Robert Conquests’s “Harvest of Sorrow” would lead anyone other than the most hard-headed and idiotic of “progressives” to understand the dangers and the potential consequences of engaging in open class warfare, and how even minor justifications quickly filled the heads of the Soviet communists with a sense of entitlement, regardless of how obvious such justifications would eventually lead to commission of those horrendous crimes.


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