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"Dizzy with Success" - The Stalinist Phase of Trump's Administration

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Expect more claims of success from the Trump administration, but don't be fooled. 

Business Insider reports that between 50% and 70% of all farm workers are undocumented immigrants. They pick the tomatoes, the fruits and vegetables that appear in the produce sections of the local supermarkets around the country.  Produce isn't the only area that will be hit by the administration policies.  The Texas Tribune cites Census data showing that:

"..in 2015 Mexico imported more than $92 billion worth of goods from Texaswhile Texas imported more $84 billion worth of goods from Mexico."   

These are not insignificant impacts. And they are all negative.

The impact of devastating policies implemented by authoritarian leaders is nothing new.  Joseph Stalin implemented the 'fake science' developed by Trofin Lysenko to employ in Soviet era agriculture in the U.S.S.R., while instituting collectivization.  The result? Estimates vary, but somewhere between 10 and 30 million people perished in the process, while Stalin also attacked those who clung to the truth and resisted.  He famously said that he was "Dizzy with Success," when his bureaucrats cooked the numbers to lie about the results.

We can expect the same with Trump.   As Bloomberg notes, he is already taking aim at economic statistics to produce 'alternate facts.'  We must resist and support those who do.

It is no accident that women played an important role in the resistance to Stalin's policies. In most cases where practical issues are at play, women are usually the first to experience the problems and the first to take action.

From Wikipedia:

"Women's role in resistance

Women were the primary vehicle for rumors that touched upon issues of family and everyday life.[23] Fears that collectivization would result in the socialization of children, the export of women’s hair, communal wife-sharing, and the notorious common blanket affected many women, causing them to revolt. For example, when it was announced that a collective farm in Crimea would become a commune and that the children would be socialized, women killed their soon-to-be socialized livestock, which spared the children. Stories that the Communists believed short hair gave women a more urban and industrial look insulted peasant women.[24] After local activists in a village in North Caucasus actually confiscated all blankets, more fear dispersed among villagers. The common blanket meant that all men and women would sleep on a seven-hundred meter long bed under a seven-hundred-meter long blanket.[25] Historians argue that women took advantage of these rumors without actually believing them so they could attack the collective farm “under the guise of irrational, nonpolitical protest.”[26] Women were less vulnerable to retaliation than peasant men, and therefore able to get away with a lot more.[27]

Peasant women were rarely held accountable for their actions because of the officials’ perceptions of their protests. They “physically blocked the entrances to huts of peasants scheduled to be exiled as kulaks, forcibly took back socialized seed and livestock, and led assaults on officials.” Officials ran away and hid to let the riots run their course. When women came to trial, they were given less harsh punishments as the men because women, to officials, were seen as illiterate and the most backward part of the peasantry. One particular case of this was a riot in a Russian village of Belovka where protestors were beating members of the local soviet and setting fire to their homes. The men were held exclusively responsible as the main culprits. Women were given sentences to serve as a warning, not as a punishment. Because of how they were perceived, women were able to play an essential role in the resistance to collectivization."

Read more about the techniques Stalin used to gain and maintain control, and how people resisted in Stalin: Order through Terror (see below).