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Monday, December 14, 2009

On abolishing private property

From Page 72 of my copy of "The Naked Communist" (by W. Cleon Skousen, Ensign Publishing Company, 1969):
In their [Soviet Communists] anxiety to make women "equal with men" and prevent them from being private property, they degraded womankind to the lowest and most primitive level. Some Communist leaders advocated complete libertinism and promiscuity to replace marriage and the family. Excerpts from a decree issued in the Soviet of Saralof will illustrate the point:

"Beginning with March 1, 1919, the right to possess women between the ages of 17 and 32 is abolished...this decree, however, not being applicable to women who have five children...By virtue of the present decree no woman can any longer be considered as private property and all women become the property of the nation...
I know it is easy to say "it can't happen here" but when there private property rights are abolished they are not just abolished for dogs, cars, and diamonds. The natural extension is that there are no private property rights over one's own body and that is the same as slavery. The only reason a society would not go that far is by the good graces of the thugs in charge, not necessarily because the principle of abolishing private property rights would end at the individual.

The passage goes on to put a border of respectability on what is essentially state sponsored sex slavery:
The distribution and maintenance of nationalized women, in conformity with the decision of responsible organizations, are the prerogative of the group of Saralof anarchists...All women thus put at the disposition of the nation must, within three days after the publication of the present decree, present themselves in person at the address indicated and provide all necessary information...Any man who wishes to make use of a nationalized woman must hold a certificate issued by the administrative Council of a professional union, or by the Soviet of workers, soldiers or peasants, attesting that he belongs to the working class...Every worker is required to turn 2% of his salary to the fund...Male citizens not belonging to the working class may enjoy the same rights provided they pay a sum equivalent to 250 French francs, which will be turned over to the public fund...
If men are forced to pay for state sponsored sex slaves then it is highly likely that they will demand the services of same. All this smacks of some retribution - some loser among the Saralof anarchists was jealous and coveted his neighbor's wife (perhaps not a specific wife but maybe the whole class of wives). Because the anarchist couldn't shoot all the fathers, husbands, and brothers, the loser uses the power of the state to create his fantasy/nightmare.

What do the women get in return for their nationalization? Never fear, the Saralof anarchists have already figured that out:

Any women who by virtue of the present decree will be declared national property will receive from the public fund a salary equivalent of 575 French francs a month...Any pregnant woman will be dispensed of her duties for four months before and three months after the birth of the child...
How progressive!! The sex slaves will be paid a nominal wage, although there is no indication as to what their real wage will be. There is no indication of what is to happen when the sex slaves contract health problems, which they are sure to do. However, the progressive policy does allow for maternity leave - how quaint. What to do with the children who are produced by the nationalization of women? The anarchists have that covered as well:
One month after birth, children will be placed in an institution entrusted with their care and education. They will remain there to complete their instruction and education at the expense of the national fund until they reach the age of seventeen...
No consideration for the emotional strain placed on the mother or the orphaned children? This scenario already makes it impossible for the mother and the child to have any idea of who the father is. This removes any skin the men might have in the game of raising children. The children are then forcibly removed from their mother one moth after birth, that is, before they will ever know their mother. In the end all the children are whisked into the state system with no family and no history other than that which the state provides them. What a nightmare scenario.

What about those who resist? The anarchists have that angle covered too:
All those who refuse to recognize the present decree and to cooperate with the authorities shall be declared enemies of the people, anti-anarchists, and shall suffer the consequences.
In other words, when the slobbering anarchists come to take your 29 year old wife or your 18 year old daughter you had better not put up a fight or you will get a boot to the groin and a rifle butt to the nose. The euphoria of abolishing private property rights and "taking back" what the exploited feel has been taken from them quickly yielded to a terrible backlash of state-sponsored exploitation of the worst kind.

Whether this policy ever made it into practice, the book does not say. The book cites one Gabriel M. Roschini as the source of the anecdote. Not being a soviet scholar, bur rather a soviet amateur, I do not have the resources to validate whether this policy was ever enacted. However, once private property has been abolished, whether for an entire society or for a particular group of people in that society, it is only by the good graces of the thugs in charge that something like state-enforced sex slavery is NOT instituted. People laugh at certain politicians making claims of "death panels," and it is clearly a hyperbolic phrase intended to garner attention. However, is it really that hard to imagine that such decision making would have to take place and it likely will go against the wishes of the individual in favor of the benefits of the state/society?

One last comment about sums the whole state-sponsored sex slavery concept:
[T]he kind of "liberation" which women received under Communist version of morality is contained in a decision handed down by a Soviet official in which he said: "There is no such thing as a woman being violated by a man; he who says that a violation is wrong denies the October Revolution. To defend a violated woman is to reveal oneself a bourgeois and a partisan of private property."
With impeccable logic such as that, I am sure that everyone felt much safer than they had under the tsar.

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Although, I personally am so far to the left that even the democrats appear to me to be "right-wing," I consider myself to be a strict constitutionalist. It is my opinion that since its inception there has been an organized and systematic assault by the conservatives in the United States (and in the other industrialized nations) on the civil liberties written into the US Constitution. The “War on Drugs”; “War on Terror”; “War on Communism” and a host of other wars waged by the right wing are really nothing more than a War on People--an excuse to erode civil rights to the point of non-existence. I invite you to my website devoted to raising awareness on this puritan attack on freedom: http://pltcldscsn.blogspot.com/
 
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