Around the world, ignorant (and some not-so-ignorant) people are celebrating May Day. Ilya Somin provides the rational for why this day ought better to be known as Victims of Communism Day:
May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their regimes. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined. We appropriately have a Holocaust Memorial Day. It is equally appropriate to commemorate the victims of the twentieth century’s other great totalitarian tyranny. And May Day is the most fitting day to do so. I suggest that May Day be turned into Victims of Communism Day….
The main alternative to May 1 is November 7, the anniversary of the communist coup in Russia. However, choosing that date might be interpreted as focusing exclusively on the Soviet Union, while ignoring the equally horrendous communist mass murders in China, Camobodia, and elsewhere. So May 1 is the best choice.
For any of you who might have forgotten, socialism is communism lite. We ignore the history of socialism and communism at our peril.
Moe Lane considers a sobering fact:
Commies can’t even consistently grow enough crops to feed themselves properly. And the entire thing would be funny if it weren’t for the heaped-up piles of corpses…
The Smallest Minority reviews the
R.J. Rummel, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, has calculated that the total number of victims of Communism – that is, the domestic victims of their own governments – in the USSR, China, Vietnam, North Korea and Cambodia is 98.4 million people. For all Communist governments during the 20th Century, he puts the estimate at approximately 110 million. And this wasn’t in warfare against other nations, this was what these governments did to their own people – “breaking eggs” to make their utopian omlette.
Roman in Ukraine leaves us with a simple thought:
You can create voluntary communist organizations within a free society, but you can’t create free organizations within a communist society.
Perhaps that is why we have so many wannabe Marxists here in the United States? Whatever the reasons, it is incumbent upon those of us who read history to broadcast it to others so that we do not forget.