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Is this “useful” or “useful idiocy”?

October 5, 2010

I was reminded of an anecdote I read about the collective farming experiment in Mao’s China (must be write about China day). The communist party, much to their surprise discovered that city dwellers and politicians made really crummy farmers or land managers. They also discovered that farmers didn’t know how to industrialize or efficiently create steel in their backyards (despite their attempts to). Result? The country starved.

Does anyone else see the train wreck a’comin here? Linked from Babalu blog through Michelle Malkin

Chavez called for the acceleration of nationalizing agricultural assets across the country in coming months, including land and property owned by Venezuelan farming technology company Agroislena.

“Free the land, free the slave labor,” Chavez said the address, calling for the take-over that will “feed our people.” […]

Um, does this guy or any of his cronies know anything about food production? 

At a different site, they rattle off the top four winners in the “biggest death toll in a single 20th century event” category:

  1. WWI
  2. WWII
  3. starvation in Russia after the communist party take over
  4. Mao’s accidental starvation of the chinese during his “Great Leap Forward.”

half of the events with the highest death tolls in 20th century history involve “smarter than the average peasant, well educated politicians and technocrats” accidentally starving their own countries in the name of “giving the means of production back to the people” !!!!!!

Shifting back to Russia:

There was little information from Marx on exactly how to run such a [utopian] society (Lynn’s comment: probably because he wrote BOOKS and didn’t actually know how to run a society except on paper)  

In actuality, millions of people starved to death and the economy was left in a state of disaster.. …production went down drastically.

In part this was due to undernourished workers and extremely poor and unorganized management…. . In a desperate attempt to supply food to everyone, the government took food and grains from the country peasants to distribute to the urban population. …

A black market for food developed from enormously high demand with little supply.

In 1921, “agricultural production was less than half of what it had been in 1913, the last full year of peace before World War One.“(Kort, p.124) On top of the 7 million already, another 5 million people died after the civil war due to starvation

The problem when you hand economies and means of production to non-producing “useful idiots” and take it away from people who are USEFUL – everyone suffers. What was that about redistributing wealth so no one goes hungry?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2010 10:02 pm

    don’t forget the old “it didn’t work because you didn’t try hard enough” or the favorite “it didn’t work because you didn’t execute it correctly!”

  2. October 6, 2010 7:29 pm

    I think history mostly repeats itself becaue people are silly enough to think they can do it different. It combines with insanity…

  3. October 6, 2010 9:14 am

    Nobody discusses the NEP anymore.

    Ever wonder why history repeats itself?

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