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    Many on the political left also seem to have adopted the view that global changes have left local states with little or no real alternative to neoliberalism.  This has led to predictions about the emergence of an enduring neoliberal local state form (Patterson and Pinch 1995; Esser and Hirsch 1989). The idea that local states and communities are firmly locked into a neoliberal policy framework as a result of globalisation is superficially plausible. However, it is based upon questionable assumptions which warrant critical examination, because there are far-reaching implications for political practice. Acceptance of this discourse of inevitability is politically de-powering and detrimental to the generation of any form of progressive alternative policy.
    Stalin focused particular hostility on the wealthier peasants, or kulaks. About one million kulak households (some five million people) were deported and never heard from again. Forced collectivization of the remaining peasants, which was often fiercely resisted, resulted in a disastrous disruption of agricultural productivity and a catastrophic famine in 1932-33. Although the First Five-Year Plan called for the collectivization of only twenty percent of peasant households, by 1940 approximately ninety-seven percent of all peasant households had been collectivized and private ownership of property almost entirely eliminated. Forced collectivization helped achieve Stalin's goal of rapid industrialization, but the human costs were incalculable
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    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 07:10:27 AM PST

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