We received notice via the USPS on Friday that we have 60 days to vacate the premises. Why? I’m actually not sure yet. I’m guessing it’s a foreclosure, considering the current owners of our rental purchased the house in late 2005 for $340,000…and it’s only worth around $200,000 today. (People thought we were crazy for renting instead of buying when we moved here four years ago, but we’re sure feeling smart now 🙂 ). In any case, we are grateful that they’ve given us 60 days, when they were only contractually obligated to give us 30 days notice. Still, after successfully suppressing the uneasy foreboding that I wrote about here, it has come as a sudden jolt of realization that we are indeed headed for the blender. Actually, this situation is simply forcing my husband and I to make some major decisions that we’ve been sort of procrastinating. Life comes at you…deal with it, is what I’ve been thinking since Friday.
And speaking of forced resettlement, at least we’re not Kazakh nomads being forced into settlement by the Soviets. A brief history lesson in the evils of forced collectivization, written up by my husband:
As part of the 1917 communist revolution in Moscow, the Central Asian republics (the ‘stans) were socialized and turned into a laboratory for communist experimentation, without any regard for the wants or needs of local populations. In 1929, the Soviets introduced mass collectivization of all land, so that Central Asia could be exploited and turned into a vast cotton plantation. The Soviets also mandated that nomadic herders settle, start farming, and give their herds to the state.
“Rather than yield their livestock up to the state, peasants slaughtered their animals and had one last feast. The dislocation caused by massive arrests and deportations spelled disaster for agriculture and irrigation. In nomadic areas, collectivization also caused the forced sedenterization of the population (for agriculture was higher on the ladder to civilization than pastoralism) — and the consequences were particularly devastating. In Kazakhstan, collectivization led to a demographic disaster of genocidal proportions. Nomads responded to collectivization by slaughtering their herds. Between 1929 and 1933, the number of livestock fell from 36,317,000 to 3,327,000, plunging the republic into a famine, which killed as many as 1.5 million people, more than a third of the Kazakh population of Kazakhstan.” Adeeb Khalid, Islam After Communism, p. 76.
Mass collectivization was designed to turn Central Asia into the Soviet Union’s cotton plantation. This had the effect of devastating local populations during drought, because no one had planted any food crops, and has also resulted in one of the largest ecological disasters on the planet, due to water over-consumption, poorly-planned irrigation projects, and dangerous use of fertilizers and pesticides.
Communism is inherently evil…I truly believe this.
Those unfortunate Kazakh nomads should have had the freedom to continue in their pastoral lifestyle, as everyone should have the same freedom to choose how they’re going to make a living for themselves and their families. If forces of nature, or of markets, eventually made such a living too difficult or unprofitable for them then they could have altered their lifestyle and profession by choice.
Communism necessarily suppresses freedom and causes death of massive proportions. It is necessary, for communism is TYRANNICAL FORCE, by it’s very nature. The suppression of freedom and wanton disregard for human life are evils, by no stretch of the imagination.