On November 7, 1917 the world’s first communist government was formed in Russia. The Bolshevik “October Revolution” marked the beginning of a century in which adherents to communist ideology committed the worst and most widespread atrocities ever known. Since then, communism and socialism have been responsible for the deaths of 100 million non-combatants, yet they are widely accepted and legitimized.
Because the horrifying truths of communism conflict with the agenda of cultural Leftists, they have ensured that communism’s crimes have been “re-scripted” to whitewash history. They have been so successful in this endeavor that according to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes towards Socialism, over 26% of Americans “falsely believe more people were killed under George W. Bush than under Joseph Stalin”.
If you doubt that the communist narrative has been given a miraculous makeover, look no further than the product offerings on Amazon. Want to wear a t-shirt adorned with the face of Mao Zedong, “the biggest mass murder in the history of the world” (45 million people)? Amazon offers 767 choices. Conversely, market demand only warrants a selection of 80 choices for the Fascist Adolf Hitler (nearly all are images of Donald Trump wearing a toothbrush mustache – the remainder are anti-Hitler).
The New York Times series ‘Red Century’, “about the history and legacy of Communism 100 years after the Russian Revolution” is an excellent example of media whitewashing. The 9/25/17 article, ‘How Did Women Fare in China’s Communist Revolution?’ states that “for all its flaws, the Communist Revolution taught Chinese women to dream big” and that it “made women’s lives much better”. Forced abortions, the human suffering caused by China’s one-child policy and the organized rape of Tibetan women are ignored as women’s issues.
The one hundredth anniversary of the birth of this bloody ideology is weeks away and it will sadly come and go with little substantive examination of its barbaric history. There is no empathy in the West for communism’s victims as not even the United Nations has condemned excusing, denying or trivializing the crimes of communism. No communist country or governing body has ever been convicted of genocide.
Some academic institutions will host serious discussions of the lessons learned, unintended consequences and the human costs of the Revolution. I especially applaud Bucknell University and its President, John Bravman for sponsoring the LEGACIES OF THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION symposium.
Sadly, if they do anything at all, most colleges will follow the example recently set by Middlebury and provide a stylized, Disney-like tour of the period. They will focus on the “causes” and how the revolution translated into art, culture and politics.
The efforts of fine organizations like the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), the Museum of Communism in Prague, the Polish Museum of Communism in Warsaw and the House of Terror in Budapest are not enough. Our comparative neglect of communist crimes has serious costs; the millions of victims must be appropriately commemorated to diminish the likelihood that such atrocities will recur.
Victims and their families can only hope that the “enlightened” will cease their inhumane attitude towards what were, after all, the biggest crimes ever committed on earth, crimes which are ongoing. We must acknowledge the suffering of our fellow human beings by presenting a truthful accounting of the facts.
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