As a fellow surf, Stalin would be envious of the growing class divide in modern Russia. After all, the dream of the withering away of the state into a classless society kept him up at nights. The fact that Russia alone has over 100 billionaires, and yet one-third of the country cannot afford two pairs of shoes is the icing on Stalin’s cake.
This is what success looks like in a communist economy. The bourgeois of Czarist times were replaced through bloody revolution by the current one-percenters, and the rising proletariat of Stalinism only lasted long enough to establish iron-fisted control of the state, where in many provinces now, most have no running water.
At the center of instability in the Russian hinterland (or actually stability, depending upon whether you are getting caviar or running water), is healthcare. To no one’s surprise, an economic system that pays doctors less than farmers is inherently unsustainable. In my March 1st article, The Economic Irony of Medicare for All, I cite Anne Yvonne Guillou in her thesis titled, “Medicine in Cambodia during the Pol Pot Regime.”
The rural proletariat was glorified, and put into positions, such as physicians, where they were to care for their fellow peasants in the tradition of the communist Chinese barefoot doctors. In similar fashion, Russian physicians are complaining of low wages and the closing of clinics in the hardest hit rural areas. This is the healthcare model that the enemy within would like you to have in the heartland of America. Please tell me why the best and brightest would go into a nationalized healthcare system, where their income would be on par with an assistant manager at Walmart.
As long as capitalism dictates the order of supply and demand, that won’t happen. Yes, you will have doctors, but they will be of the Chinese barefoot type. Kind of like on-the-job training. As you can imagine, Bernie, Elizabeth Warren and the others would not be subject to this type of care. These socialists will benefit from the Orwellian, two-feet bad, four-feet good subjectivity.
Oh, by the way, when you stand up for change when the changing of the guards has passed, you will be punished in what could be considered Stalinist-light style. Dmitry Sokolov, a 48 year-old activist who’s playing a key role in mobilizing disgruntled medical staff in the Novgorod region, made a visit to the local clinic last month, where he found a district health authority security official waiting to prevent him from entering. I have told you for 20 years that fascism would come from the left in America.
Which side is railing for healthcare for all, mandatory income for all, and free college for all? If you are able to read between the lines in Russia boys and girls, you will get a glimpse of what the brown shirts on the left in America want to bring to a town near you.
Russia is doomed in the long run, as is any totalitarian state, past, present or future. Russia is but a speck on the world economic map, with GDP less than the powerhouses like Italy and Canada. People without hope will eventually either wither away or revolt. It seems implausible that the latter could happen. This is the paradox of the communist holy trinity in Marx the father, Lenin the son, and Stalin the spirit.