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Old November 8th, 2017, 09:18 AM   #1
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Communism Turns 100--Nothing to Celebrate

John Stossel | November 1, 2017

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia.

Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people. Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective farming. Millions of others were executed in political purges.

Yet when the Russian Revolution happened, people both inside and outside Russia were excited. Crowds cheered Lenin. No longer would nobles rule; no longer would capitalists exploit workers. Now the people would prosper together.

British journalist Theodore Rothstein wrote, "The undivided sway of the Imperialist nightmare is at an end... (there will be) rule of the labouring classes."

But you can't have government plan every aspect of people's lives and expect things to go well. Instead, you get bureaucratic planning commissions and secret police.

That won't stop some Americans from celebrating Communism's anniversary.
A day of anti-Trump protests is scheduled for Nov. 4, and I'm sure some protestors will wave hammer-and-sickle flags. Some will wear Che Guevara shirts.

A few commentators will call the protesters "idealistic" but impractical. They shouldn't. We should call them supporters of mass murder.

Lenin ordered the hanging of 100 property owners at the very start of the Revolution, saying people needed to see the deaths of "landlords, rich men, bloodsuckers."

Mass murder and starvation rapidly increased the death toll after that.
It wasn't exactly what philosopher Karl Marx had in mind—but it shouldn't have surprised anyone. Marx's writing is filled with comparisons of capitalists to werewolves and other predators who must be destroyed.

Marx admitted that capitalism is productive but said that "capital obtains this ability only by constantly sucking in living labor as its soul, vampire-like."
Even as the Russian regime killed millions, some journalists and intellectuals covered up the crimes.

Stalin kept most media out, so few Americans knew that millions were starving, but New York Times writer Walter Duranty saw it first-hand.
Yet he "covered up Stalin's crimes," says Tom Palmer of the Atlas Network, a group that promotes free market ideas around the world.

Because Duranty wanted to support "the cause," he wrote that "report of a famine in Russia is today an exaggeration or malignant propaganda."
Duranty "saw the truckloads of bodies," says Palmer, yet "he wrote on the front page of The New York Times how wonderful everything was." He even got a Pulitzer Prize for it.

In some ways, times haven't changed that much. This year, the Times ran a series of essays commemorating the anniversary of Russian Communism, including one piece arguing that sex was better in the Soviet Union because the Revolution destroyed macho capitalist culture.

At least The New York Times eventually admitted that Duranty's work was "some of the worst reporting in this newspaper," but the Pulitzer committee never withdrew its prize.

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Communism Turns 100 - Reason.com
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Old November 8th, 2017, 09:33 AM   #2
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while I flatly refuse to squabble about labels, I'm delighted to debate issues.
I'm a dyed in the wool conservative.

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communism works magnificently on family, and church-group scale.

And many a college professor has observed that pure communism has never been tried on national scale.
The Soviet Union was totalitarian, not communist.

Hitler is a name synonymous with uber-bad guy for the millions he killed.

BUT !!

Stalin, a U.S. ally in WWII, killed more humans than Hitler did.

They don't $pay me any $extra to defend $communism.
Tell any lie you like.
I'm sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, I've never perjured that oath, and I'm resolutely determined never to do so.
But the fact is, my first bicycle was a hand-me-down from my older sister.
Marauding across the neighborhood on a girl's bike may explain why I can stand my ground today. If you don't understand, ask any boy named "Sue". He can 'splain it to you.
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Cards on table:
while I flatly refuse to squabble about labels, I'm delighted to debate issues.
I'm a dyed in the wool conservative.

None the less:
IMAO
communism works magnificently on family, and church-group scale.

And many a college professor has observed that pure communism has never been tried on national scale.
The Soviet Union was totalitarian, not communist.

Hitler is a name synonymous with uber-bad guy for the millions he killed.

BUT !!

Stalin, a U.S. ally in WWII, killed more humans than Hitler did.

They don't $pay me any $extra to defend $communism.
Tell any lie you like.
I'm sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution, I've never perjured that oath, and I'm resolutely determined never to do so.
But the fact is, my first bicycle was a hand-me-down from my older sister.
Marauding across the neighborhood on a girl's bike may explain why I can stand my ground today. If you don't understand, ask any boy named "Sue". He can 'splain it to you.
Hitler and German Army kills big strenght.
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