The Damage Stalin did to Russia in seizing farms – 2018: Crazy Ramaphosa wants to do the same in S.Africa!

[These black communists are determined to move forward on this nonsense. Jan]

EDINBURGH — It beggars belief that the ANC has plans to push ahead with land expropriation without compensation. Aside from the obvious example of the dire economic and social consequences of land grabs north of the border in Zimbabwe, history is littered with case studies of why land expropriation is not only a bad idea – it’s an evil one designed to ruin lives. Ernst Roets of AfriForum traces the roots of the ANC’s land expropriation policy. He argues that the Soviet Union is still the biggest influence in ANC ideology. State-driven reform programmes have been tested and have repeatedly failed, Roets underscores in this in-depth analysis of why talk of land expropriation should be put to bed. Controversially, Roets notes that Stalin’s land expropriation policy was responsible for more deaths than the Holocaust in Germany. Similar figures have been highlighted elsewhere about the Mao-inspired famine in China in the late 1950s and early 1960s – which also had a land grab component – with an estimated 45m and more people starving to death. This article is republished here with the kind permission of – Jackie Cameron

By Ernst Roets*

Land expropriation: ANC should keep learning from the Soviet Union

It is no secret that the Soviet Union was (and probably still is) the single biggest influence in framing the ANC’s ideological framework. Much of the ANC’s rhetoric on the working class, transformation, monopoly capital and even land reform is taken directly from the terminology of the Soviet Union.

It has been so successful in this that many in the ANC regularly quote communist leaders like Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin unconsciously, thinking that they are simply expressing their own thoughts. During the past year, a great fuss was made by the ANC about the Bolshevist Revolution of 1917, in which Lenin and the Communists took power, eventually leading to the founding of the Soviet Union and Stalin’s dictatorship.

While Cyril Ramaphosa prepares for his first public speech as president of the ANC on 8 January 2018, he would do well to revisit the ANC’s Soviet influence, especially on the contentious issue of land reform – a matter that will certainly be addressed in his speech, given that the ANC has accepted a policy of expropriation without compensation immediately after his election to the position of president.

Some might argue that this policy decision was unfortunate and that it probably doesn’t reflect Ramaphosa’s personal view on the matter. This is doubtful. Ramaphosa has been outspoken about the need for more aggressive socialist policies, which the ANC paradoxically refers to as “radical economic transformation”. He has also claimed that there is a “hunger for (agricultural) land” among black South Africans.

Cyril Ramaphosa, newly elected president of the ANC speaks during the party’s 54th national conference in Johannesburg on December 18, 2017. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

All the available data indicates that this claim is false: Urbanisation is occurring at a rapid pace; 93% of those who have taken the effort to institute land claims have indicated that they do not actually want land and would rather have money; and only about 1% of people in South Africa believe that land reform would improve their lives – to name only a few figures.

Nonetheless, 8 January is a historical day. It is the day on which the ANC was founded back in 1912. As the ANC approaches this day, they would, however, do well to take some time on the 5th of January to consider the events that were triggered in the Soviet Union on that day in 1930.

The similarities between the ANC and the Soviet Union’s ideas on land reform are in many ways remarkable. So let’s take a look at what actually happened on farms in the Soviet Union.

Nationalising land, attacking the Kulags

Stalin despised the idea of private property and land ownership by individuals, mostly because he wasn’t able to exercise full control over the property owned by individuals.

In pure Marxist terms, his idea was to create some sort of utopia – or heaven on earth.

As a result, on 5 January 1930 Stalin announced that the policy of Collectivised Farms would be instituted across the Soviet Union. This was essentially a policy of expropriation without compensation; of nationalisation of land. The notion in the Soviet Union, as is currently the case in South Africa, was that the government should act as custodian of the land, in the interest of all the people.

The idea was that the people would produce millions of tons of wheat under this new state-driven policy, which the state would then sell to purchase machinery to build farming equipment, to invest in agricultural development. Farms were divided into Sovkhozy (state-run farms) and Kolkhozy (forced collective-owned farms, managed according to the notion of “socialist self-management”).

President Jacob Zuma looks on during the 54th national conference of the ANC in Johannesburg on December 17, 2017. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Members of the Kolkhozy didn’t have property rights, were treated as workers instead of owners and did not retain the right to exit – those who managed to do so could not take their share of assets with them. The means of production were completely “socialised”, meaning that it was removed from individual control. Not even private garden plots were allowed.

The projected goal was to increase agricultural production by 50% as a result of these policies.

In order to achieve this, the Soviet Union had to initiate an assault on private property, which resulted in a backlash from farmers who had to give up their farms. They were derogatorily referred to as the “Kulags”. A Kulag was any farmer who used hired labour, who owned a mill, a creamery, a potato dryer, mechanical agricultural equipment with a motor or livestock.

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Government clamped down with violence on those who resisted. The vague definition used to refer to the Kulags was also very convenient, as it opened the door to false accusations, score settling and the use of violence against political targets.

Items taken from the Kulags by force included their winter clothes, undergarments, shoes, pillows from under their children’s heads and even religious items – most of which were simply burned after confiscation.

About five million Kulags were sent to concentration camps and over three million were shot, or died in exile or in these camps. Children who betrayed their parents by giving them up to the government were celebrated as national heroes, while their parents were murdered. The state eventually took over all the land, which was then to be farmed collectively in large units.

By 1940, 96.9% of Soviet agriculture was “collectivised”.

The consequences of nationalisation

While this policy was somehow promised to result in a massive upsurge in agricultural production, its consequences were the exact opposite: Agriculture collapsed.

Between 1928 and 1950, the total amount of cows in the Soviet Union declined by 26%, pigs by 20%, sheep by 18% and horses by 65%, as is shown in the table below.

  1928 1941 1950
Cows 33,2 million 27,8 million 24,6 million
Pigs 27,7 million 27,5 million 22,2 million
Sheep 114,6 million 91,6 million 93,6 million
Horses 36,1 million 21,0 million 12,7 million

Table: Decline in livestock during the Soviet Union’s land reform policy.

The result was an unprecedented famine. Over five years about seven million people died of starvation as a result of this project. Bodies were piled on wagons and dumped in mass graves. “Corpses were piled up like bales of straw,” remembers one survivor. Many of these “bodies”, however, were still alive, moving and talking to authorities, but when people were viewed as near dead, they were treated by the authorities as dead bodies in any case.

The more the project failed, the more the Kulags were blamed and the more it was proclaimed that the desired result would be achieved if only the policy was implemented more aggressively. According to official Soviet statistics, some 24 million Kulags disappeared from rural areas, of whom only 12,6 million moved to state jobs.

Stalin himself was said to have confided to Winston Churchill in 1945 that about 10 million people have died as a result of his land grab policies. The death toll for the entire project was somewhere around 12 million: double that of the Jewish holocaust in Nazi Germany.

Chasing the communist utopia
Zimbabwe banks
Flag map of Zimbabwe

Similar policies were implemented in virtually every communist-inspired country, all with their own unique flavour, adapted by their local communist leaders. This includes China under Mao Zedong, Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh, Cambodia under Pol Pot, Cuba under Fidel Castro, North Korea under Kim Jong-il and more recently, Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe and Venezuela under Hugo Chavez.

The similarities between these cases were that they were all state driven, that private property was despised, that violence eventually erupted as a result of a backlash by those whose property was targeted, that agriculture and food production collapsed and that famine was experienced. Almost all these leaders are in some way regarded as heroes by the ANC and other left-wing movements such as the EFF, who hail these leaders as heroes and their policies as “inspirational”.

Despite this, we are still frequently confronted by political commentators and left-leaning journalists who respond to criticism of the ANC’s land reform policy with: “But how will we know whether it will work or not if we don’t at least try it.” This is reckless talk, to say the least. State-driven reform programmes in which the right to own private property is targeted have been tried and tested repeatedly and have resulted in disaster without exception.

Read also: Tendai Biti: Zim’s land question must end, time to compensate white farmers

Not counting the murderous campaigns, the Soviet project back in the 1930s can perhaps (only) partly be excused, as it was still a new idea at the time. It was an attempt to realise the philosophy of Karl Marx and an to create the communist utopia that Marx envisaged.

History will, however, not forgive the ANC for trying to duplicate disastrous communist utopian policies. It isn’t a new idea or an experiment anymore, but rather a tried and tested recipe for disaster, not only for those who owned the property in the first place, but for all who live in the country.

  • Ernst Roets is deputy CEO of AfriForum. Follow Ernst on Twitter at @ErnstRoets

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Iordachi, Constantin & Bauerkämper, Arnd (2014) The Collectivization of Agriculture in Communist Eastern Europe. CEU Press: New York.

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Apocalypse: Stalin (2015). Documentary film by Clarke, Isabelle.

Sotsialisticheskoe sel’skoe khoziaistvo SSSR, Gosplanizdat, Moscow-Leningrad, 1939.



3 thoughts on “The Damage Stalin did to Russia in seizing farms – 2018: Crazy Ramaphosa wants to do the same in S.Africa!

  • 5th May 2018 at 9:02 pm

    It recently struck me that starving the goyim may have been intentional policy. In other words, they may have wanted famine. The same may have been true of Lysenko, the fraud who heped damahe wheat seeds. And maybe also true of the white farms in Rhodesia which were sabotaged; it’s possible the reason wasn’t stupid blacks, but becuase they wanted, and got, black corpses. The people who removed the pumps etc must have been able yo realise the damage they were doing; even blacks know that seeds and water grow plants.

  • 18th April 2018 at 4:51 am

    Kulaks, not ‘kulags’.

    I’m sometimes driven to despair by the inability of people to understand jews. Of course they were NOT trying to build paradise. They were working for JEWISH POWER and couldn’t give a sh!t about anyone else. Blacks controlled by jews have the same attitude. It’s not “communist”; it’s jewish. Jews want to wreck whites. It’s not an ideology or remote philosophy. It’s hate.

  • 8th February 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Mandela was heavily influenced and mentored by Jews, they programmed him, and he has a Jewish name, which is strange, as usually, only blacks who come from slave families previously bought by Jewish slave traders, exported by Jews and purchased by Jewish people elsewhere have Jewish names, that is why so many blacks in America and elsewhere have Jewish names. It is Mandela of course who has been the Jew vehicle in calling for and igniting blacks to ‘Kill the Boer’.

    Communism is one of the the political wings of Judaism.

    The eminent Jewish American Rabbi Stephen Wise stated “Some call it “Marxism,… I call it Judaism”

    Taking inspiration from the Communist Jews would seem a self-defeating thing for the blacks, who are obviously being exploited by communist Jews to do their dirty work to destroy the whites, though there is undoubtedly a very heavy Jewish presence amongst so-called white South Africans, this no-doubt being one reason why Israel shared atomic weapon technology with South Africa years ago.

    Engels stated that the blacks should be eradicated and swept from the Earth, and this current Marxist/Maoist program of damaging the land is a deliberate endeavour to create famine-like conditions such as those which resulted in the deaths of 100 million Chinese under Mao, whose government was also heavily influenced directly by Jews.

    The deliberate Ukrainian mass starvation of 10 million caused by Stalin, another Jewish agent, almost certainly a Jew himself, was another part of this Jewish program of mass genocide by infiltration of Jewish agents, with Mao also being held by some to have been a crypto-Jew, Moses or Moshe Tung, whose name they claim was turned into Mao Te Tung.

    Stalin and Mao both seemed to have a real hard-on for killing millions of their ‘own’ people, a typical trait of Jewish infiltrators who can even look like other races on the outside, but inside possess the essential and unique Jewish haplotype genomic sequence from a Jewish mother which provides their genome with the specific ‘qualities’ regarded as essential by the Jews in any bodily vehicle that their Jewish souls intend to inhabit by conscious repeated reincarnation, employing occult means to achieve that, such a genome being necessary to use to complete their occult and economic savagery as they attempt to take the whole world, to enslave all others before ultimately slaughtering them in total, as their Zohar states that their god in his wrath will kill all gentiles in the world, just as the Talmud states “Even the best of Gentiles should all be killed”, and various parts of that program are activated coincidentally it seems.

    Jewish rabbinical teaching is also that their god is not in heaven, but incarnate as every Jew here on Earth, so that their god is not merely in them, or merely that they are in god, but very grandiosely and self-deludedly that they are all god, and the Jewish religion says that all Jews alone came from one soul that they call god (they have no idea what God means) and that we non-Jews are eternally non-living, eternally guilty of all types of sin, even before entering the womb, eternally evil and irredeemable, and that we come from 3 lower satanic spheres of creation from the devil. The Zohar states that when the world ends, all the non-Jewish souls (that they have been gathering up through all their mass killings over the years), will all be sent to hell under the Angel Duma, whoever he is (I hope not the Russian political body of the same name).

    The Jew Marx, born of Jewish rabbinical parents, published the following statement;

    “The chief mission of all other races and peoples, great and small, is to perish in the revolutionary holocaust”. This was published by Marx amongst a number of other works, with authorship ascribed by some to Marx, by others to Engels, his similarly racist and genocidal associate. (Die Neue Rheinische Zeitung NZR January 1849)

    The blacks who think they can participate in any Communist program of ’emancipation’ would be well-advised to take note of that.


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