The Holodomor and Collapse

The Holodomor and Collapse

As we enter collapse, one concern is that authoritarianism may rear its ugly head much more pervasively than it does at present.

Post-collapse, many imagine themselves living in tight-knit decentralized agrarian communities that look out for each other, but, in considering historical analogues, one wonders how well such lifestyles might fare in an increasingly desperate world.

The Kulaks were self-sufficient farmers living in rural settings full of tight-knit families and communities.

Under Stalin’s authoritarianism, they were labeled ‘wealthy peasants’, and millions of them were systematically starved to death. - The vast majority killed in this genocide were Ukrainians.

Because of the nice fertile soil that the Kulaks possessed, they fell under harsh collectivization efforts of Stalin’s authoritarian regime. Food theft became punishable by death while the Kulaks’ grain and food supplies were confiscated by government officials, some were exiled to the frozen Siberian wilderness with no means of survival, those left behind in the ‘famine zones’ who tried to escape were shot, their livestock and lands were confiscated, stores closed, loans and grain advances called in, they were banned from trade, foreign aid was prevented from offering relief, and neighbors were turned against neighbors as ‘food rewards’ were given to those who reported those who were ‘hiding food’ to the secret police.

“At every [train] station there was a crowd of peasants in rags, offering icons and linen in exchange for a loaf of bread. The women were lifting up their infants to the compartment windows—infants pitiful and terrifying with limbs like sticks, puffed bellies, big cadaverous heads lolling on thin necks”

“Survival was a moral as well as a physical struggle. A woman doctor wrote to a friend in June 1933 that she had not yet become a cannibal, but was “not sure that I shall not be one by the time my letter reaches you.” The good people died first. Those who refused to steal or to prostitute themselves died. Those who gave food to others died. Those who refused to eat corpses died. Those who refused to kill their fellow man died. Parents who resisted cannibalism died before their children did.”

Many say that the ‘lone wolf’ types won’t survive collapse, but in a desperate world, don’t feel so sure that ‘off-grid tight-knit agrarian communities’ will fare better.

In the world that we may soon find ourselves, the ‘good’ people will die first. - Who’s left?

A gem from r/collapse (Reddit)

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