“Now I can’t even walk. God is my only hope.” These are the words of a woman in this documentary. Others speak of the starvation, murder, cannibalism, theft, arson, and government massacres and imprisonment. To many readers of Economic Sovereignty, chapter four introduces aspects of history that their teachers neglected. Dekulakization was the way Russian socialists destroyed the upper middle class – with starvation, killing, imprisonment, and total ostracism.
Because there is no term to describe the oppression of the upper middle class in order to solidify an aristocracy while compressing all others into an impressionable mass of serfs – I created the term vorardennes. It means to greedily eat the workhorse, which is an apt metaphor depicting what the poor and wealthy do to the upper-middle class in socialist revolutions.
In this documentary, vorardennes is shown in its violent form. Democratic socialists attain the same result with gradual and “peaceful” usurpation of ownership through tax, monetary, and regulatory policies. The horrific conditions of collapsed social democracies in Latin America and Europe are the undeniable outcomes of that gradual usurpation.
A friend of mine recently presented a notion that abortion was the most evil offense a nation could tolerate. The notion comes from how we treat the weak and vulnerable, speaking to our character, and also a particular conception of life and death.
I’ve seen and experienced a lot of dire suffering. I have reached the third stage of starvation. I’ve seen torturous deaths. I’ve seen rapid, violent, and comparatively merciful deaths. If I was personally given a choice to die in the womb rather than be subject to the kind of torture Stalin spread across Russia, I’d take death in the womb. It’s not to downplay the wickedness of abortion, but rather, to appropriately grade mercy and severity in life and death.
Perhaps the testimony of these people in the documentary are more instructive than anything I could share about my experience with starvation. Mine occurred in a twisted phantasmagoria of absurdity – in a land of plenty, paying loser doctors piles of cash to torture me with their malfeasance, while people with petty gripes and complaints about their privileged and shallow lives passed me by on the streets, and while lying Democrat politicians brainwashed the population into thinking “health insurance coverage for all” is equivalent to “worthwhile healthcare for all.” I was a living testament to the ignorance of such presumptions.
Stalin’s slaughter was a veritable hell on earth, of torture and inhumanity that is nearly incomprehensible to the sheltered and luxuriating modern citizen, whose petty gripes are a testament to how little suffering they have ever truly experienced. The sensation of this suffering cannot really be conveyed with words.
But experience with great suffering leads to discernment between merciful and merciless living and death. My conception of life and death is from the stoic (and ancient Christian) philosophy. I believe that life should be lived for meaning, and that what we do in life echoes in eternity, for better or worse.
The epicurean conception which is popular with modern irreligious people, and progressive Christians is that life is to be lived for experiences and consumption – obtaining as much happiness as a person can gorge upon. They don’t like talking about death in general, or spending too much time contemplating those who have passed. Life is for the living, to the epicurean.
A consequence of that philosophy is that the younger a person dies, the greater the tragedy. It’s a good litmus test as to whether or not a person has been indoctrinated unwittingly with the epicurean conception of life and death.
In the stoic conception, the greatest tragedy is to die between the ages of 14 and 60. In Latin, the phrase is Quem di diligunt, adolescens moritur, or “Whom the gods love dies young.”
A person who has suffered and struggled much, only to have life end with his major opportunities and struggles unvindicated is the greatest tragedy to a person who believes that life must be meaningfully lived for triumph over conflict and adversity. A person who has been spared the outrages of adult life, lived meaningfully to bring joy and hope to others, and for the faithful, they join the heavens in a better place.
Whether stoic or epicurean, no such beautiful conceptions of life and death existed in Stalin’s ideology. Dialectical materialism was the communist religion. And it certainly showed, in the way they treated people like objects of utility. This documentary speaks of a horrific event in history, that we should reflect upon as a warning of what misery can come from those who promise to use absolute power for “the greater good.”