Bloody Byproduct of Communism

, Malcolm A. Kline, 1 Comment

The half of millennials who think collectivism would be cool to live under should contemplate the history their professors spare them. “The Black Book of Communism, a postmortem of communist atrocities compiled by European and American academics in 1997, concluded that the human cost of genocides, extrajudicial executions, deportations, and artificial famines stood at over 94 million,” Marian L Tupy reminds us on the Human Progress blog. “Professor Mark Kramer from the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University edited The Black Book. Subsequent research, he told me, suggests that ‘the total number (of people) who died unnatural deaths under communist regimes … (is) upward of 80 million.’”

 

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  1. David Ashton

    November 13, 2017 4:17 pm

    Years ago I drafted a memorandum for The Foreign Affairs Institute, Whitehall, which was later used by the late Dr Rudy Rummel for his democide studies and website, and by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, on death-toll statistics from Marxist-Leninist regimes and terrorists. Exact definitions and sources were problematic, and I now believe that, without denying specific horrors, the generally received and accepted estimates of e.g. mortalities in Soviet camps (and also to a lesser degree in Nazi camps) are – technically – unduly on the high side.

    However, the totals remain appalling. What seems to be the case is that the crimes of communism are little known, and there is virtually no “empathy” for their multitude of victims of diverse “creed, color, gender or nationality”. On the contrary, there is a revival of Marxist ideology on the back of “political correctness”, non-western mass-immigration and financial-industrial uncertainty.

    High time for countries to have Museums and Education Centers devoted to the “red holocaust” (Steven Rosefielde)?

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