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Newsreal Looks at the World: This Week, Ukraine

November 30, 2009

Americans who are enamored of Socialism, believing that it is the best way to govern a nation, do not know their history. They don’t know that Socialism has only one end result for those unfortunate enough to be trapped living in a Socialist state: misery and death.

Ask the Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, Lithuanians, or the citizens of any country in the former “Eastern Bloc,” that found themselves oppressed under the yoke of Soviet hegemony (including those in Russia itself) for over 70 years, and you will hear stories of immense hardship and suffering. If you want a truly horrific portrayal of life under Socialism, ask the Ukrainians.

Ukrainians are still so bitter about the legacy of Socialism, that even the unveiling of a recently restored granite statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin is enough to spark bitter street demonstrations.

Last week, that’s exactly what happened.

Even before the covering sheet was completely pulled from the 11-foot-tall Lenin statue (which had been previously damaged earlier this year when someone smashed its face with a hammer), Ukrainians hurled red paint on it and broke out in spontaneous jeers.

Andriy Mokhnik, head of an anti-communist group named “Freedom,” expressed the crowd’s sentiments when he declared that:

History cannot be turned back. Lenin monuments across Ukraine will be destroyed, and communist ideology prohibited.

Why does the mere unveiling of a statue of Lenin prompt such negative emotions in Ukraine?

The short answer is that the Ukrainians believe that Lenin’s socialist nightmare is directly responsible for the famine of 1932-1933.

Viktor Yushchenko, the President of Ukraine, has called for the international community to recognize the famine—which killed an estimated seven million people—as an act of genocide against Ukraine by the Soviet government, ruled in 1932 by Josef Stalin, Lenin’s intellectual and political successor.

The famine, which engulfed Ukraine and the northern Caucasus area in 1932-1933, was the direct result of Joseph Stalin‘s socialist policy of forced collectivization.

The Ukraine, which was the most productive agricultural area of the Soviet Union (its “breadbasket”), had resisted Stalin’s collectivization (which was, basically, just a euphemism for the re-distribution of Ukraine’s wealth). Because of this, Stalin made it his goal to both crush Ukrainian nationalism and distribute Ukrainian agricultural products to less successful areas of the Soviet Empire.

Stalin imposed heavy quotas on the Ukrainians. By 1932, he had raised Ukraine’s grain procurement quotas by forty-four percent. This meant that there would no longer be enough grain to feed the peasants, and it was only a matter of time before they started dying of starvation.

According to an eye-witness account:

Party officials, with the aid of regular troops and secret police units, waged a merciless war of attrition against peasants who refused to give up their grain. Even indispensable seed grain was forcibly confiscated from peasant households. Any man, woman, or child caught taking even a handful of grain from a collective farm could be, and often was, executed or deported. Those who did not appear to be starving were often suspected of hoarding grain. Peasants were prevented from leaving their villages by the NKVD [secret police] and a system of internal passports.

Before they died, people often lost their senses and ceased to be human beings.

One of Stalin’s lieutenants in Ukraine summed up the true nature of Socialism’s achievements in the Ukraine in 1933, when he declared that:

The famine was a great success. It showed the peasants ‘who is the master here.’ It cost millions of lives, but the collective farm system is here to stay.

That is the true legacy of Socialism: Socialists only care about the principles of Socialism; they don’t care about individual human beings.

  1. Sam Deakins permalink
    November 30, 2009 3:55 am

    We can do socialism … better. Right?

    • Carol Cole permalink
      November 30, 2009 9:31 am

      WHAT!! Are you insane? I, for one, couldn’t care less about doing it better. I don’t want to do it at all!!!!!!

      • In the Know permalink
        November 30, 2009 2:59 pm

        Wow! Such is the life of a satirist. Sam was being sarcastic. Check out his past comments before you assume he is a lefty looneytune.

  2. Paul permalink
    November 30, 2009 4:14 am

    Socialism was failed as it started. The only reason it became into a big thing, was because the people of Russia (around 90%) were making very, very little money. And so they heard, hey if this thing, called socialism, happens, we will make a lot more money. So they accepted. After 72 years (1917-1989), many former citizens of socialist/communist countries say that those years were unbelievably horrific. With the millions dead in China (due to Mao), Russia (due to Stalin), Cambodia (due to Pol Pot), and many other socialist/communist leaders who killed A LOT of their own citizens, it just shows how communism and how socialism failed, not only the massive murders, but the incredibly bad economy it left. Socialism and communism is the opposite of this nation’s core values. A simple American could invent something and make billions (or even trillions). That same American (male or female, black, white, Asian, Latinos, every race, every color, every religion, every height, weight) in another country that is socialist or communist will never see a dime from that invention (see inventor of Tetris, who was a Russian citizen, invented it, got nothin’ from it and moved to the USA and made a lot of money) and possibly could be forced to invent other things and never, ever see a dime from that, in money and credit times. Anyone Pro-Socialist or Pro-Communist, show me a country that is entirely Pro-Socialist or Pro-Communist and that has succeeded in being socialist or communist. SHOW ME ONE!! (it has to be successful, fully socialist (or fully communist), and still standing right now). China doesn’t count, their economy since the early 1990s has become Capitalistic and now Chinese citizens can own silver to make their own wealth. Funny, how people say capitalism is failing. They never see that fact. France is not fully socialist or communist (same w/ Sweden, you don’t see their money being redistributed through the citizens).

  3. Cas Balicki permalink
    November 30, 2009 5:28 am

    Collective rights without individual rights = tyranny.

    • The Inquisitor permalink
      November 30, 2009 6:02 am

      Correction: collective rights = tyranny

      • Cas Balicki permalink
        November 30, 2009 6:26 am

        Calling the police to protect you is exercising a collective right, as is using public parkland, driving a well maintained highway, and checking out a library book. Not all collective rights = tyranny, Inquisitor. Indeed, your posting comments on this web site is the private exercise of a collective right allowed you by Newsreal.

        • The Inquisitor permalink
          November 30, 2009 9:57 am

          Every right is an individual right. The concept of rights applies only to individuals. A collective is not an entity which which can have rights.

          Just because a lot of individuals have a legal right to something does not elevate the collection of all such individuals to a metaphysical entity capable of having rights.

          • Cas Balicki permalink
            November 30, 2009 3:01 pm

            Unless you choose to live in a cave as opposed to in society you must balance individual rights against the collective right of society to constrain your individual rights. If you choose to drive a car you can, as an individual, choose to drink and drive. The collective, society, can, if you are caught in the practice, sanction your behaviour. Should you be falsely accused of the aforementioned crime you can, as an individual, seek redress. If you were prohibited from seeking redress the collective rights of society would prove tyrannical to you the individual.

            • The Inquisitor permalink
              December 1, 2009 7:06 am

              You keep talking about the collective (or society) as if it were an entity capable of having rights. A society has no rights; only the individuals in a society have rights. If you drive drunk you are endangering individuals in that society, and if you are punished it is because you endangered those individuals — not some fanciful entity with human attributes called society.

              I am amazed at how our corrupt culture has infested otherwise rational people with collectivist modes of thinking. This is America where individualism was cultivated. It seems that is no longer true. God help us.

              • Cas Balicki permalink
                December 1, 2009 1:22 pm

                It is not the individual that prosecutes the drunk driver, just as it is not the murder victim that prosecutes his killer. We vest the power to prosecute criminals in the collective. Compare the resources available to society to prosecute the drunk versus the resources available to an individual, who is limited to civil action only. (Such a limitation on the individual is for good reason by the way; call it a social check on individual stupidity.)

                To say that we as individuals concede personal rights to a collective is the fact and this is true whether you grant the collective rights or not. Forget society for a moment and consider a family, you concede personal liberties to your family, granted you do so voluntarily, but you do it and the collective that is your family thanks you for it most of the time. As the family example proves, not all sacrifice to the collective is tyranny. If you cannot tell the difference between collective action that is tyrannical and that which is not, you obviously cannot see or measure the counter balance to tyranny.

                Communism did not fail for lack of collective rights; it failed because individuals within that collective were not protected from the tyranny of that same collective. That is why there is a strong Bill of Rights in the US, for the founders recognized the potential tyranny of the state as a collective mechanism that could easily usurp the individual. Indeed, the major difference between the Democrats and the Republics is the belief that government should be vested with increasingly greater powers over the individual in order to promote the social good. Something done for the individual’s benefit by the collective is truly the most insidious form of tyranny.

                • The Inquisitor permalink
                  December 1, 2009 3:05 pm

                  The state is an agency that acts in behalf of the individual. It is the peacekeeping agency which protects each and every individual. In assuming that responsibility neither it nor the totality of individuals it protects becomes an entity with human qualities such as rights.

                  If there were such a fictitious entity as a collective with rights then let it assert those rights without the actions of individuals.

                  • Cas Balicki permalink
                    December 1, 2009 4:39 pm

                    Only if the individuals rights are defined as in a Bill of Rights.

  4. Paul permalink
    November 30, 2009 6:12 am

    By the words of Thomas Jefferson: When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fears the government, there is tyranny.

    One of the my favorite quotes.

    • Andi permalink
      November 30, 2009 5:46 pm

      Mine too, Paul. I find myself repeating it, along with other prophetic words of wisdom from our founding fathers, often these days.

  5. November 30, 2009 6:30 am

    Yet America voted it into the White house and desires it because, as Sam said, “We can do it better.” I thank God I know the risen Savior Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. Because America WILL fall and she will fall hard and soon. How sad it is and will be but truly our sin has brought it upon ourselves. Repent and turn from your sin in Jesus name.

    • sonochic permalink
      November 30, 2009 9:39 am

      Amen brother. I have been awakened. I bet that many are hearing the call but are choosing to ignore it. We are in for some hard times ahead. I am praying for wisdom and discernment.

  6. discerning curmudgeon permalink
    November 30, 2009 6:35 am

    Every Leftie who thinks Socialism is wonderful should get their hands on “The Black Book of Communism,” Harvard University Press; all the horrors and grisly photos are archived in this massive,scholarly book.
    Forf the most part,the average American is totally clueless about Communist atrocities, and their ignorance was manifested by voting a Socialist/Marxist into the White House.

    • Peachey permalink
      November 30, 2009 12:41 pm

      The Black Book is such a horror that it is deserving of an X-rating. The Progressives now installed in the educational system have long sought to rewrite history and blend in fantasy with their perceived beliefs in the evil of America and how it impacted and destroyed the success of communist states. If you listen to communists such as those in Obama’s czar advisors, they will tell you that Pol Pot, Stalin,Mao and others did not go far enough. This is their reasoning to believe that they will be successful and achieve that which other tyrants did not because THEY ALONE have the knowledge and the will-power to affect “change”. What they have is common hubrus and arrogance, ignorant of the fact that they have nothing to sell but slavery and destruction. At the end of the day, if they achieve their goals, they will become the slave masters controlling all aspects of life and the industry/economics that so hated and opposed. It will never occur to them that their ideology is false, and their worship of the god of socialism is wrong. They simply cannot conceive that they could ever be wrong. Sociopaths and narcisistic personalities do not see the errors and follies of their decisions.

  7. Richard Ketchum permalink
    November 30, 2009 11:39 am

    This is why the left doesn’t want the facts of history to be taught to the children, the facts say they are delusional and shouldn’t be trusted with a checkbook or debit card.

  8. Cassandra permalink
    November 30, 2009 1:03 pm

    Re: first comment– I’m pretty sure that Sam was indulging in irony.

  9. Andi permalink
    November 30, 2009 5:53 pm

    I have an acquaintance that immigrated from Russia 13 years ago. She was 20 at the time, so she had some idea of what life was like before the end of the Cold War.

    I asked her one day last August (in as neutral way possible, so as to not color her response with my own opinions) what she thought of some of the words that were being thrown about to describe the current administration. She said, “You mean like ‘socialist’, ‘communist’ and ‘marxist’?” When I told her those were the ones, she responded, “I left Russia to get away from those things, and now they’re following me.”

    Straight from a [former] Russian’s mouth.

    That pretty much summed it up for me right there.

    • Andi permalink
      November 30, 2009 5:54 pm

      That should be *this past* August, as in Aug 09. (just to prevent any misunderstandings)

  10. Len Powder permalink
    November 30, 2009 9:04 pm

    A man who lived through the forced starvation in 1932-33 told me many stories about what transpired in the Ukraine. It led to cannibalism. People were boiled in water, including the children of parents. Human hands were pickled to preserve them for future consumption. There were many more horrors I don’t care to repeat. Stalin was responsible for the death of over 20 million people. Reagan was right to call the USSR the ‘evil’ empire.

  11. shane comeback permalink
    December 1, 2009 2:57 am

    When Michael Moore leaves his mansion, checks his stock quotes, arranges to make another movie in Canada because it’s cheaper, tells his household staff to have supper waiting when he gets back, then flies first class to be on Hannity to say Jesus was a socialist–should tell you all you need to know about the fifth column in this country. “Do as I say,not as I do.” Elitists, all.

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