Many of us are old enough to remember the classic novel Dr. Zhivago completed in 1956 by Boris Pasternak a noble prize-winning masterpiece. The 1966 film adaptation of the novel won six academy awards. A romantic drama set in historic Russia between the years prior to World War I and the Russian Civil War of 1917-1922. It is arguably one of the most breathtaking and romantic films ever made. Well, a few may argue differently. Regardless, it is a must see.
There was too much truth stated in the novel and the movie about actions taken by the Soviet communist party to overwhelm and destroy the entire leadership of the country, including productive enterprises to overtake and consolidate the power of the communist regime. The Bolsheviks were a faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party, otherwise known as the Russian Communist Party, founded by Vladimir Lenin and Alexander Bogdanov. They considered themselves the leaders of the revolutionary working class and referred to their movement as Bolshevism. The Bolsheviks took control of Russia in a nearly bloodless coup called the October Revolution in 1917 and created a Marxism-Leninism ideology. The Bolsheviks executed Czar Nicholas II and the entire imperial family, bringing an end to the three-century-old Romanov dynasty.
The struggle was between the Czarist bourgeoisie, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, and manufacturers who hired workers, against the proletariats who were the working-class and peasant-class who lacked their own means of production and had to sell their labor to live. This group was considered the lowest social and economic class of the community. Their collective view was that they were exploited and formed resistance groups to crush what they considered economic oppression under Czarism.
A brilliant account of the labor union’s contribution to the revolution, written by Alexander Boscovich Lozovsky in 1920 can be found here.
According to the Lozovsky’s written account from 1905, there were no formal labor unions, only workers’ factory support committees until 1917 when cooperative labor union membership grew to 5,000,000 and Bolshevik communist sub-factions grew to about 600,000. They worked together to topple the Czarist system and to replace it with what they considered “Peace, Land and Workers’ Control!” “All Power to The Soviets!” was their battle-cry. They systematically destroyed the Czarist system which had an emperor, possessing absolute and unlimited powers, and replaced it with a communist Soviet regime by organized resistance, declaring strikes, street demonstrations, and active violence.
There were about 7-12 million people slaughtered, starved or sent to Siberia between 1917 and 1925 as part of the consolidation of power by multiple factions of the communist Soviet regime. Fighting was not fully completed until 1934 when the consolidation was finished by Joseph Stalin, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
During the Bolshevik revolution, personal and real property was systematically confiscated and redistributed under the guise of a public good. The movie reflected a clear depiction about how this occurred. The masses were moved into nice residential buildings regardless of ownership. Rightful owners were left without rights of possession or compensation. Private property became socialized and given to the people according to their needs.
How does this apply to life today in California? The public good is always a strong motivator until you follow the money trail and witness the expansion of government involvement, public employee labor unions, and consolidated control over every aspect of your life. Benefits for all only work in a socialist utopian illusion. The hard and indisputable fact is that for you to provide something to someone for free you must first take it from another.
California has now elected to go down the path of declared socialism as the answer to most of the state’s problems which were self-created. The brilliant leaders have elected to re-engineer almost every aspect of the way we live by declaring war on the middle-and upper-middle classes of the taxpaying citizens of our state. Property confiscation can be immediate through force or trickle over time through regulation, onerous taxation, and state-sponsored litigation such as eminent domain. There may be a point where property owners are not willing to continue the false charade of ownership when the liability risk and responsibilities are stacked against them.
The following are a few examples of problems that are intended to be solved by increased taxation, regulation, and dissolution of private property rights. To accomplish the task, the government needs to add a massive new bureaucracy of public employee labor unions as administrators. There is no intent within the government to solve the problems, but merely to get votes from the “have nots”, that in most cases are not property owners, and forcing the “haves” (you and me) to pay for them.
A few examples are:
- 25% of the nation’s homeless, approximately 130,000, live in California. Chronically homeless persons cost the taxpayers an average of $36,000 per person based upon their bundle of benefits, welfare, housing, medical, public employee labor union support, etc.
- 35% of Americans are on welfare or government transfer payments. Even though California makes up 12% of the US population, it boasts that its occupants make up 33%, or about 1/3 of that group, all of whom are happy to gain benefits on the efforts of others.
- 40% of the voters in California pay little or no state income tax, but happily vote to raise someone else’s taxes.
- 33% of Californians are enrolled in Medi-Cal with 27% of that group not being born in the USA. The taxpayers pay the bulk of the premiums for Medi-Cal. Medicaid is funded by the federal and the state government out of tax dollars collected. The state has a Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that the state will pay based on the participant’s income.
- California social programs are envied all over the world and are magnets that will continue to attract indigents from all over the world, in search of generous welfare benefits including free housing, health, education, legal, and nutritional subsidies. A large percent of the world population would like to move here and retire comfortably on these subsidies and expect someone else to pay for them all.
- Place rent control on the entire State of California (SB2) without a vote of the people. This is a taking of private property by limiting your ability to make a profit off your assets. Taxation without a vote, no representation.
- All the above is continuously accelerated by the California state leadership, because that this is how they expand public employee labor union membership numbers, power, and expense but place the responsibility on the taxpayers to pay for it all.
- Governor Brown confiscated the Redevelopment Agencies of 400 cities in California and gave the $1.2B a year income to the Public Employees’ Pension. He announced he solved the pension crisis; however, he created the current housing crisis. Now Newsom will try to be the hero by placing rent control over the entire state so he can say he solved the housing crisis. Who pays for all of this? We must like it, or we must move.
The following is an active pursuit by the leaders in California.
- Eliminate proposition 13 so that your property taxes may rise by 200 to 400%.
- Installing rent controls so you cannot pass on the increase’s expenses to tenants, squeezing your cash flow.
- Eliminating or changing densities and forcing property owners to replace their buildings with high-density rentals that must include affordable housing.
- Encouraging single family owners to install accessory dwelling units (ADU) for increasing the availability of affordable rental housing.
- Monitoring and forcing people who have (ADU’s)to rent to illegal citizens and the homeless with rents to be paid by government agencies with your tax dollars.
- Giving tenants the right to stop paying their rents for up to 37 days for almost any reason. Tenants will be allowed to file multiple grievances to delay paying rent. Tenant unions will be allowed to raise multiple legal challenges concurrently, using the threat of withholding rent as leverage to unfairly barging new rights, expectations, and lowering market rents.
If you refuse to place their chosen renters in your private property rental, someone will sue you for discrimination. Private property may be socialized according to the needs of the occupants.
You might ask, why do they do this to us? The answer is simple… power. How do politicians become wealthy? By selling out the public trust for ridiculous contracts ($100B for the train to nowhere) for their friends and relatives.
With the increased pressure on the top 10% of the taxpayers expect a mass exodus of the productive class and highest income earners to seek refuge in other states that still believe in capitalism, individualism, self-sufficiency, and individual accountability. The top 150,000 income earners in California pay ½ of the state income taxes, which does not make a dent in the trillion-dollar public employee pension under-funding problem.
Do you remember the classic advertising by Motel-6, “We’ll leave the lights on for you?” Their new motto will become “Turn off the lights before you leave.”
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