What strikes me as interesting, is the fact that the KULAKS are “better off peasants”. I think it is interesting that Stalin would collectivize this group to make more money and have control. But I see it as Stalin being over paranoid. He wants to have a communist government, and as the KULAKS began to grow and become more prosperous, they were making a more capitalist country. They were improving under Stalin’s FIVE YEAR PLAN, I believe, yet he suppressed something he was trying to encourage. He was hoping agriculture and industry would improve. The KULAKS farms were improving, but because Stalin is sooo power hungry, he had to shut such a great farming industry of the time (to try, to what he though, would make it better) to ensure that the peasants wouldn’t over throw him. Do you see the side I am seeing of Stalin at all? Your opinions?