100 years of communist horror

  • 5 October 2017
  • NormanL

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution, and the dawn of the age of communism, complete with its murders, purges, and assorted crimes against humanity. While there are those today -- Antifa, the New York Times, and various college professors -- who strive to find the good inside the communist beast, the nearby video by John Stossel reminds us such good did not exist. And there are those in this country who wonder whether the major political parties haven't begun taking their cues from Mao's "Little Red Book."

As a further reminder of communism's crimes, check out our review of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's "The Gulag Archipelago." Here is a sample:

Ever since the earliest days of the Bolshevik regime, the Soviet prison camps had been devouring the Soviet workforce by the millions.

First comes the arrest -- seized out of bed in the dead of night.  Then comes the interrogation.  What is the charge?  That is not important.  A charge will be selected from the list, and the confession will be signed; the System demands it.  Often a decade or more in a prison labor camp awaits, with 12 hours of backbreaking labor every day, seven days a week, and just two days off every year; the System demands it.

Solzhenitsyn details the appalling conditions in a vast archipelago of prisons and forced labor camps littering the breadth of the Soviet Union.  Millions died of starvation, exhaustion, exposure, and disease, and many of the rest resorted to their basest animal instincts just to survive. The filth, the stench, and the degradation of the gulags stripped away all humanity and hope.

Nothing to celebrate here. Just evil...one that has endured in some place -- and some minds -- for far too long.