By Olivia Pierson
[First published on Incite Politics 2/8/18]
Lessons from the 20th Century have only been half absorbed.
Nobody would stand on a stage or sit on a panel in front of news cameras today and say, “I’m literally a fascist,” with something close to a straight face, and expect to have their views on anything be taken seriously by anyone.
The reason for that is obvious: the rise of fascism, most dramatically unleashed on Europe by the Nazi regime, caused untold suffering, murder, cruelty and even blatant genocide. It is estimated that 12 million people died because of Hitler’s fascist policies: Jews, Roma gypsies, homosexuals, the handicapped, and other sundry undesirables. Most deaths under Hitler happened during war time.
The 20th Century also unleashed the forces of communism. The Soviet Union’s communist State caused untold suffering, murder, cruelty and even blatant genocide (Ukraine). It is estimated that 20 million people died because of Stalin’s communist policies: Jews, Ukrainians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles, Germans and of course, Russians. Most deaths under Stalin happened during peace time.
And then there’s the other 20th Century communist experiment – Mao’s China. The untold suffering, murder, cruelty and blatant genocide (strictly speaking a ‘classicide’) which happened under Mao’s policies resulted in the deaths of an estimated 40 million people.
Add up Stalin’s death tally with Mao’s and the number sits at around 60 million people who lost their lives to the political ideology of communism made an earthly living hell. So much for Utopia.
Utopia never came anywhere near Venezuela either, nor North Korea, nor Cuba.
So why then is it completely socially acceptable today to openly label oneself a communist, but not a fascist, as though fascism is the ultimate in evil ideology while communism gets a free pass that it clearly does not deserve? Both of these ‘isms’ are as evil as each other.
I’ve heard it stated many times by people sympathetic to communism that the historical examples of it implemented by Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Chavez and Castro didn’t implement Marxist principles properly and were therefore not “real” communism. Leaving aside the pretentious insolence of such a view, as if a wiser and more subtle reading of Marx could be undertaken by them to produce Utopia while all those who came before them got it so wrong, they never, ever address the extent of the human sacrifice to gain a society without private property. One’s life is private property and the obvious devaluation of life which flows logically and ruthlessly from the Marxist principle is glaring, as well as being thoroughly verified.
The vapid little anti-Trump community organiser, Ash Sakar, who, among other things calls herself a journalist, recently shrieked at Piers Morgan on TV, “I’m literally a communist!” when it was clear she was losing the argument and her ignorance was hanging out. Now, to show solidarity with her silly shriek, Novara Media are selling a tee-shirt with that line blazoned across the front of it.
As the Spectator rightly points out, these little communists are relying on the virtues of the free market, once again.
Why has the lesson about the devastation of communism upon the human race not been learned?
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