We know that Stalin, in the pre-war period, gutted the one sector of his economy that worked...the farm sector. And he did this because he needed the wealth there to modernize his industrial sector. My question is where he got the idea. My hunch is that this may have been an idea expressed in the writings.of Marx. (Not Groucho, the other one.) I ask this question because I once read that Marx and Abraham Lincoln were contemporaries. When Lincoln was in the Washington Congress Marx would visit the capital to give talks. I see two possibilities. 1) Lincoln may have heard the idea from Marx or his writings and pressed to employ this industrial development idea in the US. In particular, to extract wealth from the rich cotton planters to assist with the expansion of the us economy by infrastructure improvements. And to also finance the expansion of the US navy. Of course the extraction of cotton profits by the design of the taxation system, led to a revolt by Southerners. The Civil War, contrary to what you have been taught growing up, was not over slavery, but rather taxes. Our historians in the US have denied the truth just as historians in the Soviet Union hid the truth about Stalin for so many years. Lincoln was America's Stalin. 2) Or perhaps Marx in his travels here observed Lincoln and his party executing this tactic in the run-up to the civil war. Perhaps he wrote about it. Anyone familiar enough with Marx to know the answer here?