Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Forgotten Hundred Million

Glenn Reynolds looks at an alternative May Day proposed by Ilya Somin which would commemorate the 100 million victims of world Communism. Somehow I think the idea of treating Communism's victims like those of the Nazis will meet resistance. In the Bay Area at least.

There are any number of organizations which daily ascribe the death of millions to capitalism, or the slave trade to Europe and America. And doubtless many accusations of historical cruelty would be true. But the list of accusations would be incomplete. The Arab slave trade existed too. So did the Gulags. And so, perhaps did 9/11. We forget this at our peril.


Blogger ricpic said...

100 million dead? Yes, but all for a good cause.

5/01/2007 05:36:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...

Yep...all them SF alternative lifestyle folks'll find lotsa tolerance under Sharia....

5/01/2007 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger trangbang1968 said...

If my books weren't packed to move to Arizona;it would be a good day to dig out Robert Conquest's "Harvest of Sorrow" or "The Gulag Archipelago".I heard lamestream media types bemoaning Castro's absence from May Day festivities in Cuba.They should be singing weeping eulogies for Armando Valladares and the martyrs rotting in Fidel's prisons.

5/01/2007 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger Nichevo said...

BTW, Methuselah (can't remember how to spell it like you do, or type it, sorry), this is why people don't like Russia or communists.

5/01/2007 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger Pangloss said...

The Black Book of Communism ought to be in every university, high school, and public library translated into Arabic and published in an inexpensive edition to teach people everywhere exactly how evil Communism is, so that nobody ever forgets it. By doing that alone, Karen Hughes could undo a lot of the bad that moral idiots like Rage Against the Machine do to the minds of young Americans.

5/02/2007 06:04:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

re: 100 million.

Don't forget the billions of lives wasted, making absolutely no contribution to the greater human welfare. It's hard to imagine but economic studies document that manufacturing in most communist countries was a net negative, i.e. the value of the inputs were ofter greater than outputs.

What a shame. Similar to the NYC residents that stood by while that young lady was killed decades ago, we stood by safe behind our "containment" pretending that dictators and oligarchs had rights beyond criminals. I'm sure we will and are paying for our selfishness and sins of ommission. Little different from not preempting the Holocaust likely cost some of us the science and progress that would have saved our own lives, to say nothing of the general welfare.

5/02/2007 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger 3Case said...

Kitty Genovese

5/03/2007 10:24:00 AM  

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