Robert Leo Heilman
The first time that I heard the Tea Party anti-taxation slogan, “Taxation is tyranny,” back in 2010, my mind immediately turned to the Holodomor. Ninety years ago and half a world away, during the winter of 1931-1932, the Soviet government brought a famine to Ukraine in which it is estimated that twenty-five percent of the country’s rural population starved to death. Millions of tons of grain were confiscated and sold off to western European countries for the foreign cash that the government needed while millions of people painfully perished from governmental indifference. Tens of thousands of those who spoke out against the government’s cruelty were sent to the Siberian gulag prison camps and were never heard from again, having been worked to death as slave labor.