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Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn on the Farmer as Enemy of Socialism

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2 comments on “Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn on the Farmer as Enemy of Socialism

  1. Elisabeth
    7 May 2016

    While farmers may be more self sufficient than urban workers because they can produce their own food and tend to live in rural areas that are not easily policed, farmers are not exempt from the ordinary human greed which motivates people of all occupations to try to live at the expense of another. And let’s face it: greed and envy are the main fuel that socialism runs on—not poverty. Most socialist experiments that I’ve ever heard of happened when the countries involved already had rising middle classes and decreasing poverty.

    If I remember correctly, Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn himself pointed this out in his book Leftism Revisited when he said that the kulaks played a much larger role in the overthrow of the tsar during the Russian Revolution than the urban workers did, because they thought the property of the aristocratic landowners would fall to them, increasing their land holdings, if the Revolution succeeded. After the Kerensky government fell, the Bolsheviks killed them in huge numbers when the time came to confiscate private property and establish collective farms. While the kulaks did try to resist the Bolsheviks in an effort to hang on to their land, they had made a huge contribution towards bringing about the Socialism that destroyed them. So they played an important role—that of useful idiot–in one of the largest socialist experiments to date.

    Sometimes what goes around comes around.

  2. gwendolyntaunton
    10 February 2016

    Reblogged this on Manticore Press.

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