Economic warfare. By far. It has historically been the most effective tool of the tyrant. A type of warfare that has typically been waged against a perceived enemy ginned up by the state. This manufactured hatred gives the state the green light to squash the "enemy" as the protected and threatened segment of the population feels almost obligated to allow it to occur because after all it is in their or the country's defense.
We need to only look back as far as Stalin's war on the kulaks. Kulaks were the higher income earners of the peasant farmers who, many times, had land holdings. They resided in the Ukraine which was the "bread basket" on the former Soviet Union. Because they held land and were independent economically they were not easy converts to the forced collectivization and seizure of their property. Their independence and rebellion was a thorn in Stalin's side and it had to be crushed.
Crushing them was a multifaceted plan. First, they needed to be perceived as the enemy. It is interesting to note that the peasant populations of Russia had little to no ideas of the kulaks as a class until Communist propagandists began the program of implementing the idea into the heads of the people. Ofcourse what was considered a kulak was a moving goal post and could change at the whim of the power holders. Hiring labor, owning any amount of land deemed "abnormally" high at any given time, commercial farming and money lending were just a few of the revolving door of offenses to have one deemed an enemy of the people and a kulak.
Step one, define the enemy. Complete. Fairly easy to do when rousing the common human emotions of envy and greed.
By 1928, the Soviet Union was experiencing food shortages. The solution by 1929 was forced collectivization of the farms. In very short, the land and animal holders rebelled and the state squashed the rebellion. Purge after purge was introduced. The death count has never been able to be calculated. However, the resulting famine and horror undoubtedly led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, as many imprisoned and forcibly relocated and millions of ruined lives as well as a culture and way of life destroyed.
This was economic warfare and famine used to decimate political enemies. People who stood in the way of "hope and change". This is a very abbreviated account and entire books have been written about this engineered famine but the formula is the same the world over. Case in point, the communist regime, Khmer Rouge, in Cambodia who engineered a class of people known as the "New People". Again, a changing cast of characters consisting of sometimes city inhabitants, educated people, businessmen or anyone with foreign contacts. The same formula was used in Mao's China.
It is extremely important to educate ourselves and others about the tactics used by the left historically and to look around us today and look how those very same tactics are being used today. There is nothing new under the sun. The left may be relentless in their pursuits but they can never be accused of being creative or original. They aren't hauling people off to the gulags because they do not have to, the resistance isn't there. But, they are focusing in on and isolating their enemies. And economic warfare is being fully implemented to break the backs of these enemies. The economy isn't recovering, because it isn't supposed to. It might be hard to wrap your head around but if you believe in the individual, have anything to lose and honor American principles and traditions -- you are in the crosshairs.
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