A ‘Victims of Communism Day' Is Long Overdue
[Mercer at American Greatness] The fact that socialists and Communists are still voted into power with swagger; the fact that this creed’s savage foot soldiers—Black Lives Matter and Antifa—are cast as pacifists, seekers of equity and justice demonstrates that Communists, despite their murderous past, "belong to the camp of democratic progress" in the eyes of the world whereas the Right is forever open to suspicions of unforgiven fascist and Nazi sympathies.
If anything, The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression—that "800-page compendium of the crimes of communist regimes worldwide"—treads too lightly when it comes to qualitative comparisons between the Nazi and the "Marxist-Leninist phenomenon."
On the quantitative front, "Nazism, at an estimated 25 million dead," turned out to be distinctly less murderous than Communism, whose "grand total of victims, variously estimated at between 85 million and 100 million murdered, is the most colossal case of political carnage in history."
Qualitatively, the "’class genocide’ of Communism" is certainly comparable to the "’race genocide’ of Nazism." In its reach and methods, moreover, nothing compares to communism’s continual, ongoing invention of new classes of "enemies of the people" to liquidate. "Mass violence against the population was a deliberate policy of the new revolutionary order; and its scope and inhumanity far exceeded anything in the national past."
The Jewish people have carried out "the solemn obligation to keep the memory of its martyrs alive in the conscience of the world." The civilized world has internalized the methods and meaning of the "Final Solution." As The Black Book observes approvingly, "Hitler and Nazism are now a constant presence in Western print and on Western television."
Alas, although "their practices were comparable," the "moral auras" of Nazism and Communism are still "antithetical." "The Communist project" is permitted to claim "a commitment to universalistic and egalitarian goals, whereas the Nazi project" is said to offer only "unabashed national egoism."
Posted by: Besoeker 2020-08-03