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The Devil and Karl Marx, by Walter E. Williams

Today’s socialists feed on the fantasy that somehow their socialism will turn out differently than the genocidal socialism of the past. From Walter E. Williams at lewrockwell.com:

Paul Kengor is a professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He has just published “The Devil and Karl Marx,” a careful look at the diabolical side of Karl Marx. The book has come out during an important time in our history since so many Americans, particularly our youth, have fallen for the seductive siren song of socialism taught to them by the academic elite.

“The Black Book of Communism,” edited by Stephane Courtois details the Marxist-Leninist death toll in the 20th century. Here is the breakdown: USSR, 20 million deaths; China, 65 million; Vietnam, 1 million; North Korea and Cambodia, 2 million each; Eastern Europe, 1 million; and about 3.5 million in Latin America, Africa and Afghanistan. These figures understate those detailed by Professor R.J. Rummel in “Death by Government.” He finds that from 1917 until its collapse, the Soviet Union murdered or caused the death of 61 million people, mostly its own citizens. From 1949 to 1976, Communist China’s Mao Zedong regime was responsible for the death of as many as 78 million of its own citizens.

The world’s intellectual elite readily focus on Adolph Hitler’s murderous atrocities but ignore those of the world’s socialists. Mao Zedong has been long admired by academics and leftists across our country. They often marched around singing his praises and waving his little red book, “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung.” President Barack Obama’s communications director, Anita Dunn, in her June 2009 commencement address to St. Andrews Episcopal High School at Washington National Cathedral, said Mao was one of her heroes.

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The Gulag Was More Murderous Than Hitler’s Camps, by Eric S. Margolis

Stalin killed far more people than Hitler, a fact of which most people are unaware and which many history books gloss over or ignore. Probably because the Soviet Union was a US ally in WWII and because most historians lean left. On some tallies Stalin is history’s greatest mass murder, on others he’s behind Mao Zedong. From Eric Margolis at lewrockwell.com:

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, we remain fixated on some of its worst crimes.  But only some.  The incessant use of Holocaust remembrance has been cynically used by some on the hard right to justify Israel’s repression of the Palestinian people and the expansion of the Jewish state.

For example, Israel’s rightist government waited until the 75th anniversary celebrations of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp by the Red Army to announce it planned to annex 30% more of the Palestinian West Bank.  Few outside the Mideast took notice.

We rightfully remember the horrors of the Nazi system.  But what about a far larger, more murderous system that has faded from our memory, the Soviet Gulag?  Who remembers Kolyma, Magadan, the White Sea Canal, the frigid winter steppes of Kazakhstan, the BAM railroad, and Vorkuta?  Or the Soviet arctic mines where prisoners had to dig lethal uranium with their bare hands.

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He Said That? 7/30/16

From Joseph Stalin (1879-1953), General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1922 to 1953, quoted in The Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary by Boris Bazhanov (1992):

The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.

Something for Donald Trump to keep in mind.