A little-known atrocity: [en.wikipedia.org]
38% of Kazakhs were wiped out in the Soviet Union’s drive towards colllectivization. They were a minority in their own homeland as a result, until
1990. Any lessons we can draw here?
Not really, our people aren’t even allowed to self identify. We have no cohesion. In fact, most of our families have dispersed, fewer family reunions, far fewer children. Families and friends now divided over politics, especially Trump and Covid. Was politics ever this front and center? I’m not familiar with Kazakhs but I’m guessing they had a strong identity and tight knit families.
“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.” Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn , The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956
Seems legit to me.