I can’t sleep so am reading the LRB
Thought this was really interesting:
“The real lesson of the Holodomor has nothing to do with Communism or Marxism. Rather it was the inevitable result of any state which reduces human beings to a mere factor in its calculations. In the case of the USSR, collectivization was aimed at industrialization and modernization, and human costs were secondary at best. In other words, the USSR did the same thing that capitalist governments have done throughout time and continue doing to this day.”
and a couple of Balkanist articles I’ve found fascinating lately:
good piece (have a few problems with some of it but generally really good) especially the last paragraph
Had this post come up saved just there when clicking on the thread. Weird.