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Collectivisation v. Corporatisation
The supposed socialist evil of collectivization has already happened under capitalism. In the Depression, when rural farmers were run off their land, forced redistribution of land occurred, however this was in favour of the corporations and landlords. The tenant farmers, who in this regard resemble most feudal serfs, were evicted from their land and only a handful remained to till the land. This was made possible by advances in technology which replaced draft animals with mechanization. While the theoretical collectivization of agriculture is roundly denounced in the west, the corporatization of it is not. The main difference in this is the benefit to the farmers. While under a collectivized system they would still have an occupation, under the capitalist redistribution they were made homeless and jobless, which is criminal in a society where such things are necessary for survival.
“The destruction of exchange means the workers attacking the banks which hold their accounts and those of other workers, thus making it necessary to do without; it means the workers communicating their ‘products’ to themselves and the community directly and without a market, thereby abolishing themselves as workers; it means the obligation for the whole class to organize itself to seek food in the sectors to be communized, etc. There is no measure which, in itself, taken separately, is ‘communism’. What is communist is not ‘violence’ in itself, nor ‘distribution’ of the shit that we inherit from class society, nor ‘collectivization’ of surplus-value sucking machines: it is the nature of the movement which connects these actions, underlies them, renders them the moments of a process which can only communize ever further, or be crushed. A revolution cannot be carried out without taking communist measures: dissolving wage labor; communizing supplies, clothing, housing; seizing all the weapons (the destructive ones, but also telecommunications, food, etc.); integrating the destitute (including those of us who will have reduced ourselves to this state), the unemployed, ruined farmers, rootless drop-out students.”—“Communization in the Present Tense” - Théorie Communiste, Communization and Its Discontents: Contestation, Critique, and Contemporary Struggle
“Collectivization nevertheless remained the central element of the Soviet model of development, and was copied later by the Chinese Communist regime, with the predictable consequence: tens of millions dead by starvation in Mao’s Great Leap Forward.”—
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