Idealising communism


Idealising communism

Next week marks the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution. November 7, 1917 was not just one of the most influential events of all time, it ushered in the most terrifying period in human history. In the matter of scale, the Russian revolutionaries and their later successors in China and elsewhere achieved a record of far more deaths than either world war. According to the London-based project to create a Museum of Communist Terror, 15-18 million people died in World War One; 40-80 million died in World War Two; and 80-100 million died under communist regimes.

Yet 100 years later, many young people in the West are ignorant of the ideology that inspired Lenin, Trotsky and millions of their worldwide followers. According to YouGov surveys, only 55% of American millennials think communism was, and still is, a problem. A third of young people believe US president George W. Bush murdered more people than Soviet dictator Josef Stalin did. And about 70 per cent of young British people have never heard of Mao Tse-Tung, the communist revolutionary whose regime murdered tens of millions of Chinese.

The British Labour Opposition’s treasury spokesman, John McDonnell, identifies with the Marxist cause — even once waving Mao’s Little Red Book in parliament. Meanwhile, the Irish post office recently released a special national stamp to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Che Guevara, the Marxist revolutionary who became Fidel Castro’s right-hand man during Cuba’s communist revolution of 1959.

George Orwell once wrote: “We have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” One such man is James Bartholomew (a former guest of CIS), who is behind the move for a Museum of Communist Terror, which will document all the people murdered in Communist regimes — from Eastern Europe to Latin America to East Asia. Writing in the UK Daily Telegraph recently, he argued: “The fact that, through no fault of their own, young people know very little about the terror, torture, executions and famines that took place under Communism means that they have limited intellectual defence against the apparent idealism of extreme left-wing ideas.” Something to ponder on the centenary of the Russian Revolution.


Thank heaven the Vatican is not planning to issue a stamp commemorating it…



This is terrifying to me–that our children have NO IDEA!!!


It is disgusting that people think GWB killed more than Stalin.

Stalin was a bloodthirsty monster, how in the world can people be so ignorant?

Do they not have youtube? There are documentaries available readily. Why do people not avail themselves of these resources? I couldn’t live with myself if I was totally ignorant of modern history.


Ha good one.

I have a great idea - a stamp with Stalin and Lenin embracing each other at the foot of the cross, and have a bunch of papers with names of people they killed under their feet.

Or just issue a stamp with this horrid icon on it:



Not really surprising. Especially when history books glorify the bolshevik revolution and vilify the Catholic Church.


My Latin is a bit rusty with 6 years of disuse, but I think the proper description of communists is hostes generis humani, or in English, enemies of the human race.


Leftists have altered history to make the United States the villain and are teaching that to young people. We have a duty to tell young people that our Federal Government told us in the 1960s that we were in a struggle with “Godless Communism.” That’s right - Godless. To anyone reading this, please read the following. It is exactly what is happening in the United States today regarding religion.


The problem is people don’t listen to the other side. Every time I post a link, I don’t know if anyone even watches it.

There’s too many people who would rather be stuck in their own echo-chamber.


Everyone needs to purchase a copy of “The Black Book of Communism”.

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
by Jean-Louis Panné (Author), Andrzej Paczkowski (Author), Karel Bartosek (Author), Jean-Louis Margolin (Author), Nicolas Werth (Author), Stéphane Courtois (Author), & 2 more
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Keep it in a prominent place on your bookshelf.




Gulag: A History of the Soviet Camps
by Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum has written a bunch of excellent books on this subject.



Need to do a review of “The Weekly Standard” as they have been doing a series of articles that highlight the 100th year anniversary of Communism.


The other author I recommend is Richard Pipes, an amazing historian. “Russia Under the Bolsheviks” and “The Russian Revolution.”



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Social Democracy and the St. Petersburg Labor Movement, 1885–1897 (1963)
Struve, Liberal on the Left (1970)
Europe since 1815 (1970)
Russia Under the Old Regime (1974)
Soviet Strategy in Europe (1976)
Struve, Liberal on the Right, 1905–1944 (1980)
U.S.-Soviet Relations in the Era of DĂ©tente: a Tragedy of Errors (1981)
Survival is Not Enough: Soviet Realities and America’s Future (1984)
Russia Observed: Collected Essays on Russian and Soviet History (1989)
The Russian Revolution (1990)
Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime: 1919–1924 (1993)
Communism, the Vanished Specter (1994)
A Concise History of the Russian Revolution (1995)
The Three “Whys” of the Russian Revolution (1995)
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Communism: A History (2001)
Vixi: Memoirs of a Non-Belonger (2003)
The Degaev Affair: Terror and Treason in Tsarist Russia (2003)
Russian Conservatism and Its Critics (2006)
The Trial of Vera Z. (2010)
Scattered Thoughts (2010)
Russia’s Itinerant Painters (2011)
Uvarov: A Life (2013) (In Russian)
Alexander Yakovlev: The Man Whose Ideas Delivered Russia from Communism. — Northern Illinois University Press. - 2015.


The author is M.Stanton Evans who is another prolific writer.


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