Sunday, December 07, 2008

A counterpoint to the notion that Stalin was a fascist

Which was an idea I brought up....a week and a half? Two weeks ago? It has to do with the peasant farmers. The Russian proto-fascists who Mikhail Agursky talks about in his book "The Third Rome" always seem to have idealized peasant life and considered it to be the backbone of Russian culture. Stalin, on the other hand, did his best to eliminate peasant farmer ways of life through forced collectivization, which had the effect of turning the farmers into employees of the State. Collective farm tractor depots did not feature any notion of self ownership of the land since that would be considered a backwards step. Instead, the system resembled corporate agriculture today. In this sense, Stalin was a totalitarian modernizer rather than a Russian nationalist semi-fascist.

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