Bloomberg's stupid, simplistic (and Communist) view of the Kulak.

From Karl Marx himself, to Lenin, to Mao, to Ho, and to Bloomberg, the Kulak (Farmer) was an expendable bourgeoisie exploiter of land, which anyone could farm.

Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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The Communist view of the Kulak (Farmer) only built upon the similar preceding view of much of the feudal-era Nobility. In Feudal Europe, the Serf (Farmer) was, essentially, the slave of the Noble owner-ruler of the land he lived on. The people went along with the land they lived on; the resident people were as much owned and ruled as was the land itself. 

The wisest Nobles left the Serfs alone and allowed them to prosper by their own talents and diligence, keeping the fruits of their own labor. The more they produced, and the more of them that did successfully produce, the richer the whole domain was made, and thus, the richer the Nobles who ruled it. This was then and remains today the simple and natural principle by which Capitalism naturally arises and works. 

Under the wisest Nobles, Serfs could and did rise to become a class unto themselves, the Landed Gentry, a recognized and respected wealthy class just under the Nobility. People who knew how to make the land produce and pay its owners. Let the people own their own land, and they will make the land pay, was the wisdom behind it. 

Karl Marx was the first to oppose all that, even though the feudal class system he challenged had died out and didn't even exist in Marx's day. Nevertheless, his Manifesto railed against the Noble class, as well as against the "Landed Gentry" as the hated Bourgeois owners and exploiters of property, enriching themselves at the expense of the "workers".

Buried in this hatred of property owners was an utter ignorance of what it takes to succeed as a farmer, alongside an utter ignorance of what it takes to succeed as a worker in nearly any existing industry at all. Marx, and just about all historical Marxists who would follow him, didn't know the first thing about how to do productive work, of any kind whatsoever.

He (and they) believed, erroneously and stupidly, that anyone could learn or be trained to do anything. Anyone could farm. Anyone could be a machinist. Anyone could build. Anyone could do engineering. 

Right. 

We see this erroneous and stupid view of human labor laid out in Marx's Manifesto, especially in his Pillars Of Communism.

The Pillars of Communism

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.

Look at Pillar numbers 8 and 9, and the notion of an "equitable distribution" of the population between farm communes and factory communes. What he's talking about here is slave labor. You go where you're told to go, and you do what you're told to do. How many young American Communists today believe, erroneously and stupidly, that Communism actually operates in favor of the worker? 

The first problem Lenin had to face, after murdering the Czar and his family and thus decapitating the whole Russian government, was getting the Kulaks to give up their land, and be punished for having owned it. That was the whole subject of his war against the White Russians in the long period of Lenin's brutal subjugation of the whole Russian people. 

Here is what we said about it in the Catholic Communizer Dorothy Day page: 

If I may digress from this book just one more time, and say a word or two about Lenin, and stupidity. Lenin, in my view previous to encountering this book, was almost evil personified; whenever I thought about evil genius, his image came to mind. However, he was the first to try to force-fit a whole people into this idiotic vision of a collective society. He knew that ruthless authority was necessary to force it to work, which made him, perhaps, a bit smarter than Day and Maurin; however, it was still a stupid idea.

In Lenin’s war with the White Russians, in the period Robert Conquest called “War Communism” Lenin was systematically eliminating all the owners of land and Capital who resisted giving up their private property. Lenin also began a program of de-Kulakization, meaning the killing of the Kulaks. A Kulak was a peasant (farmer) who owned or farmed more than some arbitrary number of chickens, or pigs, or goats, or hectares of land, or whatever was determined to be more than the local allowed average. The Kulaks were labeled bourgeois exploiters of “the people’s resources,” and so, he killed them all, as a terrorizing lesson to the rest of the population.

The result of this de-Kulakization exercise was that virtually all of the people in Russia who were expert at producing food from the land were dead. All the best farmers had been killed off.

Now, it seems to be a particular failure of Marxists in that they, universally, cannot not recognize the quite simple fact that it is not easy to productively farm. Farming is not a simple, easy, easy-to-learn, risk-free thing to do for a living. Just anyone cannot do it. Marxists, from Vladimir Lenin to Dorothy Day, universally betray a simplistic view of the work of farming, which says that anyone can do it, all you have to do is plant seeds, wait awhile and then harvest. Add into that the ability to milk cows, butcher meat and so forth, and anyone can do it.

This is beyond evil personified. It is stupidity personified.

After killing all the farmers, Lenin then herded city-dwellers into farm communes and ordered them to farm. As a direct result, untold millions upon millions died, in a famine that could have been and should have been quite easily predicted. Perhaps ten percent of the Russian population died of starvation in this horrible famine that was induced by Marxism, evil and sheer stupidity.

It looks like Lenin actually believed the farm communes would produce. It therefore looks like Lenin was actually dumber than a box of doorknobs.

Even after this monumental failure – the failure of the de-Kulakization program, the failure of the so-called agrarian reformation and the failure of the very idea of the collective or commune-farm – the whole failed program was repeated, by Mao, by Ho, by Pol Pot and others, everywhere Marxism gained control, and always with the exact same disastrous results.

What can I say? What more needs to be said?

In Bloomberg's super-simplistic words describing how he could teach anyone, even you, how to farm, and how you could learn it and do it easily, we see the continuation of the murderous Marxist stupidity that devastated Russian farm production and brought about the worst famine in Russian history, in which untold millions died. 

Bloomberg has a more American and perhaps Disney-ized view of farming as well as industrial production that thinks special skill sets, along with vocations and avocations, can just pop into being, or even be ordered into being. In the elitist mind, all the elitists have to do is order it to be done and it will be done. 

Marxists just kept on repeating this folly long after Lenin. Russia had failed five-year plan after failed five-year plan to increase farm production, and, under Communism, never hit pre-Communist production. Mao's Red China similarly had failed great-leap-forward after failed great-leap-forward agricultural and industrial plans, until they finally mimmicked Fascist-Marxism, went Crony-Capitalist and allowed limited but controlled private ownership of land and industry. 

After South Vietnam fell to Communist control, the Kulaks were rounded up for show trials. Every farmer who had owned more than two goats, ten chickens or whatever, or more rice paddy than his neighbors, after being condemned, was sent back to his own village to be publicly executed as an object lesson to the whole population. 

I'm telling you, that's what Marxists do.  Farmers beware

It's history repeating itself again. 

And Bloomberg is a billionaire. Who said billionaires were smart? 


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