Posts Tagged communism
Jesse Walker at Reason Magazine links to a great article that discusses the release of Chinese historical documents, many of which shed light on the communist regime’s atrocities:
What comes out of this massive and detailed dossier is a tale of horror in which Chairman Mao emerges as one of the greatest mass murderers in human history, responsible for the premature deaths of at least 45 million people between 1958 and 1962. It is not merely the extent of the catastrophe that dwarfs earlier estimates, but also the manner in which many people died: between two and three million victims were tortured to death or summarily killed, often for the slightest infraction. When a boy stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village, local boss Xiong Dechang forced his father to bury him alive. The father died of grief a few days later. The case of Wang Ziyou was reported to the central leadership: one of his ears was chopped off, his legs were tied with iron wire, a ten-kilo stone was dropped on his back and then he was branded with a sizzling tool – as punishment for digging up a potato. The discriminate killing of slackers, weaklings, or otherwise unproductive elements increased the overall food supply for those who contributed to the regime through their labour. Read the rest of this entry »
In my hometown, every year on Columbus Day communist propagandists activists from Haskell University have an anti-Christopher Columbus parade down the main drag. In the latest efforts by the Left to smear American history, Columbus has been depicted as an evil, greedy, despicable man who is personally responsible for genocide on a massive scale. Since America wouldn’t exists without the explorations of this man, he is reviled by the left as it desperately tries to portray him as the embodiment of evil.
Now, Columbus wasn’t a perfect man. He apparently had a history of drinking and gambling. Yes, he was a bit of an imperialist, but who wasn’t in 1492? But he was nowhere near as horrible as the Left portrays him. (Note the author of this piece — it should come as no surprise that Columbus is portrayed as a Nazi, and that the allusions and most of the history presented here are nonsense.)
Anthony Hager at American Thinker takes the time to dismiss another fantasy of the Left’s view of Columbus: the idea that the America were a romantic, peaceful paradise before the evil Europeans came along: Read the rest of this entry »
Steve McCann at American Thinker has a thought provoking piece on the downfall of socialism:
Socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried, and it will continue to do so despite the best efforts of the die-hard true believers in the Obama administration and the rest of the world. The most recent example of this failure: Euro-Socialism is presently bankrupting the countries that embraced it in Europe. This will result not only in more social and economic upheaval, but also the ultimate demise of the ill-conceived European Union.The original and current proponents of socialism fail to take into account one very basic but immutable factor: the fundamental nature of the human race.The most dominant trait mankind has, as do all living creatures, is an innate desire to survive and prosper. Read the rest of this entry »
Crusader Rabbit makes a brief point about the history of the Soviet Union and its archives, and the fact that while the atrocities of the so-called right-wing Nazi Party (because right-wingers are all about implementing socialist policies like the Nazis were) are widely publicized, the atrocities of the Communist Soviet Union are largely ignored.
[T]he modern left- who prefer now the label “progressives”- are the direct inheritors of the mindset responsible for the carnage and misery caused by communism.
Oh sure, it’s been given a poodle clip and been well deodorised by its media and political handlers, but it’s the same ravening beast it always was, rehabilitated to the point where anyone using the word “communist” is derided as a throwback.
The same holds true for the atrocities of other hard communist nations like North Korea, China, and Cuba. Socialism in its various forms has resulted in more deaths than any other force in history, and that fact is widely ignored by a progressive movement that not only is unconcerned with the human cost of such ideologies, but often seeks to duplicate such policies, assured that they will work properly if only they tweak them a bit and try again.
A brilliant account of a social experiment performed by an economics professor, courtesy of Iron Curtain Patriots:
An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism.
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.
Are people innately fair-minded or is it learned behavior? A fascinating new study, “Markets, Religion, Community Size, and the Evolution of Fairness and Punishment,” that is a big step toward resolving this question is being published today in the journal Science [subscription required]. The researchers find strong evidence that market institutions cause people to treat each other, especially, strangers more fairly. The research is based on the results of behaviorial experiments in 15 different societies which have varying amounts of integration into markets. Read the rest of this entry »
A little while ago I commented on Humberto Fontova’s Townhall column about Cuba’s health care system, as well as Chris Field’s further exploration of the issue. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the state of health care in Cuba, how horrible it is, and how desperate left-wingers in the US are to depict it as some kind of grand achievement despite its abysmal failure, please take the time to look over Fontova’s original column and Field’s blog post. There are several pictures that Field posts, and I link to some videos smuggled out of Cuba showing the state of health care there.
Clarice Feldman at the American Thinker discusses the glorious abundance and prosperity of communism desperate food shortages in North Korea. Feldman apparently is in contact with an American in Asia who translates posts and new reports from Korea and Japan about conditions in North Korea. Read the rest of this entry »
A week or so ago, Humberto Fontova wrote a very revealing article on Cuba’s health care system. He took particular issue with Michael Moore’s propaganda piece Sicko, clips from which were used by CNN last year to promote Obama’s socialized health care plan. For some reason, the Left constantly refers to Cuba when discussing socialized health care, hailing Castro for providing medical care to his people, and glowing about the wonderful statistics that show how great the health care in Cuba is. Fontova shows the lie in all of it. Read the rest of this entry »
Ian Vasquez at the Cato Institute has a brief piece on human rights violations in Venezuela and Cuba.
A report (PDF) released today by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemns in well documented form the growing violation of human rights under the regime of Hugo Chavez. The 302-page study is yet another confirmation of the multitude of ways in which individuals, NGOs, union leaders, politicians, activists, businessmen, students, judges, the media and others who disagree with Venezuelan government policies are targeted by the government and its supporters through intimidation, arbitrary use of administrative and criminal law, and sometimes violence and homicide. Read the rest of this entry »
The Republican HereticA Republican and a Heretic, in multiple senses of both words. A small L libertarian conservative in the Midwest, concerned with limiting the size and power of government and halting the growth of the paternalistic progressive aristocracy. Interested in history, religion, and law, and policies dealing with the aforementioned. Will feature comments on stories or articles I find interesting, whether related to politics or anything else that catches my eye.
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