I was stunned to read The Black Book of Communism (1999) because, even though I knew of the horrors of the Stalins purges and his famines and gulags, I had no sense of the magnitude of the killing by the commies in so many other settings.
The Black Book was, interestingly, a book taken up by lefty French intellectuals intended to show how communism was a benign, positive force, but the authors changed their tune after they did some research on the people killed and tortured and starved to death.
Here is a think piece on what Stalin might have done if he was more able to collect information on his targets–he would have killed more than the millions and been much more efficient as a despot.
Here’s the essay and the shocking truth.
I have dog-eared The Black Book of Communism to direct me to the horrors of the ideological train wreck. However, I will admit the whole commie project is so damn offensive I have no desire to go back and revisit what they did. All I can think is what do we need to do to destroy commies and their works.
Yesterday I opened up the book and it was to a section where the Russian Commie project was doing a systematic destruction of Russian Orthodox Seminaries, and I cannot describe without outrage the ugly desecrations imposed on seminarians by the commies.
The tally isn’t that hard to develop, Stalin’s famines, purges, pogroms, gulags, slave labor, Mao’s cultural revolution and great leap forward, Pol Pot’s pogroms and killing fields, the minor killing programs of commie wannabes like the Castros and the east European despots. All told, the deaths approached 100 million in the 20th century and yet we have silly American leftists who wear Mao and Che t-shirts. Pretty disgusting.