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it`s all about power and who has it. .....
By:  P. Briscoe (Non running-dog anti-imperial anti-Bush unapologist name-changer; 23400)
Posted on: 03-28-2012 18:48.
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Stalin "improved" living standards by starving, executing and otherwise purging the "peasant" class--basically subsistence farmers that the party labeled "petit-bourgeoisie" and declared enemies of the state.

Same thing happened in Cuba--they rounded up all the "bourgeoisie" land-owners (basically all the small farmers) as enemies of the state and then the state became the biggest landowner. The STATE became the landed class and party members skimmed off the fat and let the people starve. So yeah, you had three choices: go to prison, keep quiet or join the party.

In both cases, the particular problem of how to distribute wealth evenly was NEVER solved. Instead, the party and the military gets all the goodness and everyone else keeps their heads down and shuts the fuck up for fear of their own safety.

Edited by P. Briscoe at 3/28/2012 6:53:11 PM