Friday, August 16, 2013

Soviet Collectivization

I'm reading a book. Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe by Robert Gellately. It's got this self-righteous Anglo-American tone to it (Massacres of the First Nations, slavery, two centuries of slavery and mass starvation in India, Africa and elsewhere).  But I've always said that the best criticisms of the West come from its opponents and the best critiques of communism can come from scholars in capitalist Western nations.

It's a good, detailed introduction into the process whereby communism created fascism and together produced the horrors of the Second World War. (Interesting how the Tsarists and the capitalists worked together to crush the working class and their champions in the mid-19th Century as detailed in The World That Never Was by Alex Butterworth eventually bore such bitter fruit.)

Right now I'm reading about the grim horror of Stalin's collectivization of agriculture in the 1930s.

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