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From the Pen of David Horowitz: December 1, 2009

December 1, 2009

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In the counter-revolutionary year 1989, on the anniversary of the Revolution, a group of protesters raised a banner in Red Square that summed up an epoch: Seventy Years On The Road To Nowhere. They had lived the socialist future and it didn’t work.

 

This epic of human futility reached a climax the same year, when the socialist state formally decided to return the land it had taken from its peasants half a century before. The collectivization of agriculture in the Thirties had been the very first pillar of the socialist Plan and one of the bloodiest episodes of the revolutionary era. Armies were dispatched to the countryside to confiscate the property of its recalcitrant owners, conduct mass deportations to the Siberian gulag, liquidate the “kulaks” and herd the survivors into the collective farms of the Marxist future.

 

In this “final” class struggle, no method was considered too ruthless to midwife the new world from the old. “We are opposed by everything that has outlived the time set for it by history” wrote Maxim Gorky in the midst of battle: “This gives us the right to consider ourselves again in a state of civil war. The conclusion naturally follows that if the enemy does not surrender, he must be destroyed.” The destruction of the class enemy — the most numerous and productive element of Soviet society at the time — was accomplished by massacres, by slow deaths in concentration camps and by deliberately induced genocidal famine. In the end, over 10 million people were killed, more than had died on all sides in World War I.[25]

 

But the new serfdom the Soviet rulers imposed in the name of liberation only destroyed the peasants’ freedom and incentive, and thus laid the foundations of the final impasse. Before collectivization, Russia had been the “breadbasket of Europe,” supplying 40% of the world’s wheat exports in the bumper years 1909 and 1910.[26] But socialism ended Russia’s agrarian plenty and created permanent deficits — not merely the human deficit of those who perished because of Stalinist brutalities during the collectivization, but a deficit in grain that would never be brought to harvest because of the brutality inherent in the socialist idea. Half a century after the socialist future had been brought to the countryside, the Soviet Union had become a net importer of grain, unable to produce enough food to feed its own population.

 

These deficits eventually forced the state to allow a portion of the crop to be sold on the suppressed private market. Soon, 25% of Soviet grain was being produced on the 3% of the arable land reserved for private production. Thus necessity had compelled the Soviet rulers to create a dramatic advertisement for the system they despised. They had rejected the productive efficiencies of the capitalist system as exploitative and oppressive. Yet, the socialist redistribution of wealth had produced neither equity nor justice, but scarcity and waste. At the end of the 1980s, amidst growing general crisis, Soviet youth were using bread as makeshift footballs because its price had been made so low  (to satisfy the demands of social equity) that it was now less than the cost of the grain to produce it. This was a microcosm of socialist economy. Irrational prices, bureaucratic chaos, and generalized public cynicism (the actually existing socialist ethos in all Marxist states) had created an environment in which 40% of the food crop was lost to spoilage before ever reaching the consumer. And so, half a century after 10 million people had been killed to “socialize the countryside,” those who had expropriated the land were giving it back.

 

The road to nowhere had become a detour. (Soviet joke: What is socialism? The longest road from capitalism to capitalism.) Now the Soviet rulers themselves had begun to say that it had all been a horrible “mistake.” Socialism did not work. Not even for them.

The Road to Nowhere from The Politics of Bad Faith

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9 Comments
  1. themadjewess permalink
    December 1, 2009 7:47 am

    I just dont understand. It is proven that this never works. I don’t GET why they keep pushing this agenda. It has to be because they want to destroy. There is no other explanation.

  2. Carterthewriter permalink
    December 1, 2009 8:06 am

    I’m with you on this Mad woman.

    The only explanation I can deduce is these politicians enjoy their supreme lifestyle. They know they are not going to be tolerated too musch longer by those that are paying them, so, as usual, they have to pass new laws to make sure they have job security. It is too obvious that they really do not care about their country. Thus, socialism is the only avenue they have left to remain in power.

    • kentcon permalink
      December 1, 2009 9:21 am

      Its about power. World government. Social engineering to attain “utopia” through centralized world control of the economies of the world. Socialism is just a vehicle to attain that. This is an international push – not just national. The elitists world-wide have been planning this for decades and WE have been allowing them to do it through our naivety, apathy, and ignorance of their plans and our power. We need to stop giving them power! They cannot be successful unless we let them; plain and simple. There is no reason why each country cannot be sovereign and free while living in harmony with its neighbors. That is the road to be on…

    • Jonathan permalink
      December 1, 2009 12:53 pm

      Because they keep inventing excuses and new theories to bail their crackpot prophet Marx out of the dustbin of history.

      So now, with the new Marxism, the REAL problem is global warming, diminishing resources and the lack of sustainability for technology because of OVERPOPULATION.

      Solution? We need to kill about 3 billion people of course. Leftist social strategies have worked well to stop the replacement birth rate of the West, but it isn’t working for the overall human population. I’m terrified at what they’re going to come up with.

  3. glpage permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:57 am

    Could it be that the current purveyors of socialism believe that they will do a better job than those in the past because they have the attitude that they are smarter and have learned from the mistakes of the past? That might account for some the total disregard for those that put them in office. Many (most, all?) of them seem to think they know far better than you or me what is best for us. I b elieve their delusion of superiority does not allow them to realize they aren’t going to be tolerated much longer.

  4. SanePerson permalink
    December 1, 2009 10:07 am

    They believe it DOES work because they want a drastic reduction in population (excluding themselves). It’s a religion to them but they’re also quite cynical.

  5. Marylou permalink
    December 1, 2009 11:38 am

    Destruction and suicide. White guilt….or, and/or…are they in denial? I think all of the above. They cling to their dream as if it were real and/or would afford a possible answer to all of mankind’s woes. Therefore, cannot look at a simple historical record as blatant as this one of the Soviet Union’s agricultural state of affairs under socialism. An unarguable experiment. Yet, they cling to their fantasy and robustly ignore all other ideas.

    How to break through? I know that the world is won one by one. Heart to heart. God help us!!

    My friend and I shared in Jan 2009 that we feel like we’re watching a train wreck (of our great free enterprise system and businesses built by families and people with integrity) and can do nothing to stop it. Still, I hope for a better outcome somehow.

  6. Jonathan permalink
    December 1, 2009 12:48 pm

    Guys, the real problem in this world is not the Marxists.

    It is the supragovernmental banking system of the world, the central bankers, who finance these people with no care or regard for their political ambitions, who are the problem.

    They make fortunes by financing the wars of despots against despots around the world, and by financing the mindless agendas of every entitlement state, irregardless of it stupidity or futility. The bottom line is the dollar… or whatever reserve currency they pick next.

    What has occurred in America since October 2008 should be the biggest alarm bell in history. We have spent our way into oblivion at the urging and the direction of the Federal Reserve. Now, we are broke, they are rich, and they are moving on to the next global ponzi scheme. Who knows? Maybe they will now loan some credit worthy despot all the money he needs to build a first rate nuclear arsenal to annihalate the world.

  7. Ken Sack permalink
    December 5, 2009 7:59 am

    People embrace collectivism for the same reason Tiger Woods embraces his mistresses. They know its wrong, but the temptation of power, unearned wealth and destruction of their betters is too strong.

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