@Leeloo I hate moral equivalencies between Stalin and Hitler because the USSR was a totalitarian perversion of a socialist state, pursuing a twisted version of class politics (which in itself was legitimate), whereas Nazi Germany was pursuing race-based oppression and extermination (which was illegitimate as an end regardless of how it was carried out).
@KevinCarson1 My least judgemental take on USSR/Stalin is:
- Lenin did not adequately take into account the threat of fascism
- Stalin + Khrushchev + the party did
- and took very, very extreme measures to build an efficient war machine, which deemed events like the Dekulakization as atrocious necessities for eliminating discord within the Union
The issue imo is that that totalitarianism also extended to invading the Free States and Hungary, not just the Kulaks (who were a threat).
@Leeloo IIRC the peasants themselves were dealing pretty effectively with the kulaks themselves, starting even under the Kerensky govt, by reincorporating their lands into the Mir. The Soviet regime, OTOH, eventually wound up suppressing the Mir along with the kulaks.
@KevinCarson1 bummer dude