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Biorseth, Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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.
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:
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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