Often, when we talk about the formation of the USSR, we remember the so-called oppression of kulaks. Often people do not know what “kulak” means and do not understand the meaning of this phenomenon at all. In Marxism, the kulak is a rural capitalist, i.e. a person who lives mainly by someone else’s labor. But how to explain it clearly?!
Oddly enough, the term itself dates back to the times of tsarist Russia (the one we lost), and the word “kulak” took root not at all as glorification of the good activity of working peasants…
The kulaks had a strong influence on grain production and sales. It is possible to buy, sell, lend in the village only from a kulak and only on its terms (usually at 100% per annum)! The kulaks also had their “mercenaries” who kept the entire village in fear and beat out “debts”. Is it necessary to explain that if the king could cause only migraines, then for the peasant this state of affairs turned into a rumbling in his stomach followed by starvation !
Obviously, it was vitally important for the Soviet government to solve this problem. It will not be possible to go deeper into the topic of solving the problem of the kulaks now, and this is not the purpose of this article.
Let’s turn to the modern problem
After the USSR suspended its existence in the 1990s, numerous collective farms immediately began to collapse. If you look at their examples, you can easily understand the topic of modern kulaks.
Here’s one such example:
Within 25 km from Rezekne town there is a small village. There is a “successful entrepreneur” who owns a sawmill (which, of course, he did not build himself), collective farm buildings (which he also successfully privatized) and a shop (where prices are on average 30% higher than the city prices). And thus, in this settlement he controls almost the entire cash flow: someone works for him, and someone buys from him. One way or another, the majority of the rural population interacts with him on his terms. People see this as cheating, but in this situation they have no choice.
This, comrades, is direct exploitation. The kulak feeds on both your labor and every penny you spend. If he wants to, he can bring nightmares to your life and your family’s life. He will easily lend you money, “give the last shirt”, but once he becomes financially dependent, a person will turn into a slave. You can work off such debts for years, because one debt has to be covered by another.
Be more literate, comrades, and do not defend your class enemies! Not when it comes to historical issues, and even more so now. First, understand the issue and think carefully.