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To: mandaladon

Leftists today are all about bashing anyone who they label a Nazi. Well, as far as the cost to humanity, the Nazis were pikers compared to the communists. We must purge Nazis because they are the epitome of “hate”, and besides they cost 25 million lives in the 20th century. But, hey! Let’s celebrate communal-ism with a national holiday. It only cost upwards of 100 million lives in the 20th century. Sounds like a plan.

The Black Book of Communism
Crimes, Terror, Repression
by Stéphane Courtois, et al.

Harvard University Press
Published 1999, 912 pages.

http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674076082&content=reviews

PDF: https://archive.org/details/TheBlackBookofCommunism10

“An 800-page compendium of the crimes of Communist regimes worldwide, recorded and analyzed in ghastly detail by a team of scholars. The facts and figures, some of them well known, others newly confirmed in hitherto inaccessible archives, are irrefutable. The myth of the well-intentioned founders—the good czar Lenin betrayed by his evil heirs—has been laid to rest for good. No one will any longer be able to claim ignorance or uncertainty about the criminal nature of Communism, and those who had begun to forget will be forced to remember anew.”—Tony Judt, The New York Times

“When The Black Book of Communism appeared in Europe in 1997 detailing communism’s crimes, it created a furor. Scrupulously documented and soberly written by several historians, it is a masterful work. It is, in fact, a reckoning. With this translation by Jonathan Murphy and Mark Kramer, English-language readers may now see for themselves what all the commotion was about.”—Jacob Heilbrunn, The Wall Street Journal

“The Black Book of Communism, which is finally appearing in English, is an extraordinary and almost unspeakably chilling book. It is a major study that deepens our understanding of communism and poses a philosophical and political challenge that cannot be ignored. The book’s central argument, copiously documented and repeated in upwards of a dozen different essays, is that the history of communism should be read above all as the history of an all-out assault on society by a series of conspiratorial cliques led by cruel dictators (Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il Sung, Pol Pot, and dozens of imitators) who were murderously drunk on their own ideology and power… Courtois and his collaborators have performed a signal service by gathering in one volume a global history of communism’s crimes from the Soviet Union to China, from the satellite countries of Eastern Europe to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and North Korea, and to a lesser degree in Latin America and Africa… The Black Book is enormously impressive and utterly convincing.”—Michael Scammell, The New Republic

“Arguing with the passion of former believers, [the contributors] charge that communism was a criminal system. They all make the case well.”—Foreign Affairs


17 posted on 05/12/2018 9:08:29 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: theBuckwheat

Speaking of socialism:

See also:

...Socialism attempted to replace billions of individual decisions made by sovereign consumers in the market with “rational economic planning” by a few vested with the power to determine the who, what, how, and when of production and consumption. It led to widespread shortages, starvation, and mass frustration of the population. When the Soviet government set 22 million prices, 460,000 wage rates, and over 90 million work quotas for 110 million government employees, chaos and shortages were the inevitable result. The socialist state destroyed work ethic, deprived people of entrepreneurial opportunity and initiative, and led to a widespread welfare mentality.....

Socialism produced political monsters like Stalin and Mao Tse-Tung, and led to unheard-of crimes against humanity in
all communist states.

from:
Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth
by Ludwig von Mises

https://mises.org/system/tdf/Economic%20Calculation%20in%20the%20Socialist%20Commonwealth_Vol_2_3.pdf?file=1&type=document

“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but
they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau.”

— Ludwig von Mises


19 posted on 05/12/2018 9:12:20 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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