America’s coming Dekulakization

By the 18th century, Feudalism had effectively ended in Europe.  The very beginning of the industrial and agricultural revolution in England in the 1700’s as well as the social and political changes that came from the Age of Enlightenment made Feudalism obsolete.

No so much in Russia.  Russia was always seemed to lag behind Europe in social and technological advancements and the majority of Russian agriculture workers were still serfs in the 1800’s.

The first major reform in Russia was the Emancipation Reform of 1861, which officially ended serfdom under Tsar Alexander II.  Russian form workers were still not nearly as free as European farm workers, which led to unrest and an eventual peasants revolt, which was part of of the Russian Revolution in 1905.  That led to the Stolypin reforms which finally gave Russian peasants the ability to buy land, have private property rights, hire workers, and engage in some level of capitalism.

Some of the farmers who had been emancipated in 1861 were moderately successful at farming.  For the first time in Russian history, they were able to pass down their farms to their sons, who took advantage of the later reforms and  were able to amass a modest amount of wealth.  They may have owned a home that was more than a shack, had a small herd of cattle, owned a tractor, had a couple of hundred Rubles tucked away.

In 1929, this all fell apart.

The newly founded Soviet government decided that such successful farmers were an enemy of the people.  There were called Kulaks which means “tight fisted” as in stingy.  They were accused of hording the agricultural wealth of the Soviet people, and between 1929 and 1932, the process of dekulakiztion resulted in the the forcible relocation 1.8 million people and the deaths about 4 million.

I want this to really sink in.

A Russian farmer was essentially a slave in 1860, not much better off than a slave on an American plantation in the same year.  He owned nothing, and worked the land for his lord, being allowed to keep barely enough of the food he grew to feed himself.

That farmer was emancipated in 1861, and was allowed to own his land by a process of a 49 year debt bondage.  In 1906, the farmer’s son could borrow money to buy more land on a mortgage, maybe buy a tractor, and if he worked really hard pay that off loan and actually own something of value.  If that farmer was really hard working and very lucky, he could have been successful enough to have a plot of land large enough to hire a few people to work for him and maybe have some equipment or a mill or creamery to lease to other farmers.

All of this took place in the 68 years from 1861 to 1929.  The kulaks Lenin called “bloodsuckers, vampires, plunderers of the people and profiteers, who fatten on famine” were barely a generation or two away from slavery.  The kulak shot in the head by a Soviet solider was most likely the grandson of an emancipated Serf.

So enter the 116th of the United States of America.

Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez wants to implement a lot of reforms.

The center of her proposed policy, one that is gaining traction with the Democrats is the Green New Deal.  She managed to get a select committee put together for it and they have released a draft proposal.

You can go through it, but it is both economically and technologically infeasible to the point of being impossible in any reasonable timeline.

One of the points her draft makes sounds exactly like what the Soviets promised, with a little environmentalism mixed in.

The Plan for a Green New Deal (and the draft legislation) shall recognize that a national, industrial, economic mobilization of this scope and scale is a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation. In furtherance of the foregoing, the Plan (and the draft legislation) shall:

[P]rovide all members of our society, across all regions and all communities, the opportunity, training and education to be a full and equal participant in the transition, including through a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one;

She is also starting to talk about reparations, a subject that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is bringing back up again.  The Democrats have already announced their intentions to increase the taxes on some Americans to raise the wages for other Americans.

The Democrats are drawing lines through people’s incomes to decided were morality lies.  They will tax the rich and those they decide who are undeserving of their money.

And it all sounds like the dekualization of America to me.

My great grandparents were mud farmers driven out of Poland by the Tsar and Prussia by the Kaiser.

Neither of my grandfathers has so much as a high school education.  Both were born during WWI and started working as soon as they could to help put bread on the table during the depression.  My maternal grandfather served on a Coast Guard ship as a cook, patrolling the eastern seaboard for U-Boats.  My paternal grandfather was drafted as an artillery forward observer.

After the war my maternal grandfather took his wartime earnings and bought a butcher shop in Philadelphia.  My paternal grandfather joined the New York Bagel Baker’s Union started a bakery.

My mother was a nurse, my father was a lawyer.  I’m an engineer.

For all intents and purposes, I’m little more than two generations away from serfdom.

I’m not unique in that, that is normal for Americans.  I know people in Alabama, who are white and are only a couple of generations removed from being share croppers and subsistence farmers.

When you look at what the Democrats decide is an immoral level of wealth, it’s the combined mid-career income of an engineer and a RN, or a CPA and a dental hygienist, or an MD and a stay-at-home mom.

A family takes a couple of generations to crawl out of the mud and amass enough wealth to buy a house, a couple of cars, go on vacation once a year, and to listen to the Democrats they are bloodsuckers, vampires, and plunderers of the people.

The socio-economic class in America that is made up of people who have gone to college to study something useful and are professionals who work for a living, are the new American Kulaks.  The make too much to be virtuous by Leftist standards but lack the wealth and power of the investment or inheritance class Leftist elite.

The Democrats sworn in yesterday and doing their first business today are promising pie in the sky and are going to pay for it on the backs Americas Kulaks.  The more things change, the more 2019 is looking like 1929.

 

9 Replies to “America’s coming Dekulakization”

  1. The problem here is not people like AOC. The real problem is the people who voted for her, and those that support what she is pushing.

    And, they will get what they deserve. Trickle down economics may not always provide the promised benefits, but trickle up poverty has yet to fail in ruining a country.

    The problem with that is they will drag everyone else down with them. Long before the people who support AOC end up eating their neighbors dog, they will have emptied my savings and put me out of my house.

  2. A family takes a couple of generations to crawl out of the mud and amass enough wealth to buy a house, a couple of cars, go on vacation once a year,
    Democrat platform: how dare you pull yourself out of the mud. We’ll pull you back down.

    What’s that Churchill quote about socialism being a theory of envy?

  3. Everything she is proposing is basically how America works now. If you work hard you can lift yourself out of poverty. Its up to YOU !!! Fuk em. Good luck with that.

  4. This is why every time I mention the “Progressive” ideology or political movement, the word goes in quotes.

    They are not Progressive. They are Regressive. Every one of their policies would destroy the last century of American progress. They will make 1965 (Civil Rights for blacks) look more like 1865 (slavery for blacks). Or 2019 (end of Recession, market boom) look like 1919 (Great Depression, market kablooie).

    The only question is, Are they dumb enough to be doing it out of ignorance (a la AOC), or smart enough to be doing it on purpose (a la Schumer, Pelosi)?

  5. Good article, I have blogged about this quite a few times, to the left the “Kulaks” are the middle class, you know the ones that are not beholden to the “elitist” for their livelihood. To the left or the elitist, the middle class needs to be broken, we are a check and balance to the dreams of ruling the “Dirt people” because since they are intelligent, they know how to govern because they are so trained by ivy league schools how to rule because they it is their destiny. The middle class have the means to tell the ruling class to “shove it” and they don’t like it.

  6. There is one great difference between the American ‘kulaks’ and the Russian ones.
    In fact between most Americans and almost all the rest of the whole world put together.
    It is an advantage so great the founders decided it was important enough to specifically mentioned it.
    All it takes is the will to use that advantage.
    The place to use it is already known.
    It only has to be decided when to use it.

  7. Note the clever phrasing: “…national, industrial, economic mobilization of this scope and scale is a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States ”
    1. She is talking about nationalization. Just like the soviets, the cubans, the venezuelans, and, by the way, the nazis.
    2. What poverty? America has the richest poor people in the world. No one goes hungry and starves to death. There is a TV in every house. Free school for everyone. Free food for the poor. Free housing for the poor. I ask again, “What poverty?”

    >>> “SNAP benefits cost $70.9 billion in fiscal year 2016 and supplied roughly 44.2 million Americans (14% of the population) with a monthly average of $125.51 per person in food assistance.”

    That’s your tax dollars at work. And that doesn’t count the 442 other social programs.

    I ask again, “What poverty?”

    Of course, the New York Times will not cover the story in this manner…..

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