“A citizen of a Western democracy fondly imagines that totalitarianism lies utterly beyond the pale of normal human aspirations. And yet, totalitarianism could never have survived so long had it not been able to draw so many people into its fold. There is something else-it is a formidably efficient machine. Communist ideology offers an idealized model for society and exhorts us toward it. The desire to change the world in the name of an ideal is after all, an essential characteristic of human identity…Furthermore, Communist society strips the individual of his responsibilities. It is always ‘somebody else’ who makes the decisions. Remember, individual responsibility can feel like a crushing burden…the attraction of a totalitarian system, which has had a pwerful allure for many, has its roots in a fear of freedom and responsibility . This explains the popularity of authoritarian regimes..None of this is new; Boethius had the right idea long ago when he spoke of ‘Voluntary Servitude’.”

( Tzvetan Todorov, L’Homme de payse’ ( Paris: Le Seuil , 1996) pg 36)

It seems to be as predictable as the seasons: Socialist fail miserably in practice whenever they take power, only to to rear their ugly heads in new incarnations and through new generations. One is compelled to ask, how can so many failures by so many socialists continue to be given so many second and third chances by so many in the world?

First, one must address the premise that Socialist have failed and failed miserably. In Russia, and the Soviet Union, Millions of people were murdered by the collectivist government and millions were starved to death by the collectivist policies. The economy of the Soviets stifled individual growth, promoted poverty and stopped creative development of commerce. Cuba, a Communist nation for half a century, has had fifty years of economic misery, little to no economic growth and a population with low productivity unable to compete with the world economy. China, through Mao Zedung engineered the mass murder of millions of Chinese citizens through its collective economic experiments to force the population to change and mold itself to the dictates of the new master, Socialism. The starvation and misery brought on by Mao and his Socialism led to atrocities such as the actual cannilbalization of village children by starving parents. It seems incredible but few people in the world even know or believe such atrocities even occured. It is neither taught in schools nor dissseminated by the mass media. Morever, the Socialist totalitatian model of government has led to a government led paranoia of leadership that has imprisoned and murdered its dissidents en masse.

Communism-Socialism has resulted in the following human deaths:

1. U.S.S.R. : 20 million deaths

2. China: 65 million deaths

3. Vietnam: 1 million deaths

4. Cambodia: 2 million deaths

5. Eastern Europe: 1 million deaths

6. Latin American: 150,000 deaths

7. Africa: 1.7 million deaths

8. Afghanistan: 1.5 million deaths

9. The International Communist movements and Communist Parties not in power: about 10,000 deaths

( The Black Book of Communism, Robert Lafont, Stephanie Courtois, Jean Louis Panne, President and fellows of Harvard College,( Harvard Unv. Press, 1999), pg 4.)

Here is a global summary of the crimes committed by Communist regimes :

1. The execution of tens of thousands of hostages and prisoners without trial and the murder of hundreds of thousands of rebellious workers and peasants from 1918 to 1922.

2. The famine of 1922, which caused the deaths of 5 million people.

3. The extermination and deportation of the Don Cossaks in 1920.

4. The murder of tens of thousands in concentration camps from 1918 to 1930.

5. The liquidation of almost 690,000 people in the Great Purge of 1937-1938.

6. The deportation of 2 million kulaks in 1930-1932

7. The destruction of 4 million Ukranians and 2 million others by means of artificial and systematicallyperpetuated famine in 1932-1933.

8. The deportation of hundreds of thousands of Poles, Ukranians, Balts, Moldovans, and Bessarabians from 1939 to 1941 and again in 1944-1945.

9. The deportation of the Volga Germans in 1941.

10. The wholesale deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1943.

11. The wholesale deportation of the Chechens in 1944.

12. The wholesale deportation of the Ingus in 1944.

13. The deportation and extermination of the urban population in Cambodia from 1975 to 1978.

14. The destruction of the Tibetans bythe Chinese since 1950.

( Black Book of Communism, supra., at pg. 10)


A close study of the texts of the founders of socialism will lead to very disconcerting conclusions. Genocide was an idea unique to socialism. ( George Watson , The Lost Literature of Socialism, ( THe LutterworthPress, 1998).

Fredrich Engels, in 1849, wrote an article in the NEUE RHEINISCHE ZEITUNG, edited by Karl Marx, which called for the extermination of the Hungarians, who had risen up against Austria. He also had a low opinion of the Slavs , Basques, Bretons and the Scottish Highlanders, who weere all considered problems that had to be eliminated. ( Last Exit to Utopia, Jean Francois Revel, (Encounter Books 2000) p. 95). Stalin later recommended the study of Engles’ piece as a guide. ( id). Marx, asked the existential question of how “those moribund peoples, the Bohemians, the Carinthians, the Dalmatians ect.” might be irradicated. ( Id at 95).

Engels wrote: “For us, economic conditions determine all historical phenomena, but race itself is an economic datum.” ( Id at 95) Engels used this basis of analysis in his claim that Slavs had no capacity to attain civilization. Engles, went on to state:

“Apart from the Poles and the Russians, and perhaps the Slavs of Turkey, no Slavic nation has a future, since all the other Slavs lack the historical, geographical, political and industrial bases that are necessary for independence and survivial. Countries that have never had their own history, that have hardly achieved the lowest level of civilization…cannot survive and can never achieve the slightest autonomy.” ( Id at95).

HG Wells and George Bernard Shaw, devoted socialists and admirers of the Soviet Union, espoused the Socialist Right to liquidate the social classes that oppossed the revolution or that held it back. George Bernard Shaw, actually urged chemists to devise a “humane” gas that would cause an “instantaneous and painless death” in the BBC periodical The Listener, in 1933. One might recall the fact that Zyklon B, was a gas used by the NAZIS as a tool of mass murder eradication as predicted and foreseen by Shaw ( Id at 96).

Jean Francois Revel wrote as to the goals of Nazis and Communists as both “aimed to achieve a metamorphosis, a total redemption of society-indeed, of humanity. Hence they felt justified in annilhilating all the racial or social elements they regarded as resistant, even if only on an involantary or unconscious level ( objectively in Marxist jargon),to the sacred enterprise of COLLECTIVE SALVATION. So if the Nazis and the Communists committed genocide similar in extent if not with the same ideological pretext, it was not at all because of some anomalous convergence or fortuitous coincidence resulting from aberrant behavior; on the contrary, the similar results stemmed from identical principles rooted deeply in respective convictions and modes of operation. Socialism is neither more or less of the Left than Nazism. If this fact is too often forgotten, its because as Remey de Gourmont says, ‘ A misconception that has become conventional wisdom is never corrected. Opinions are Transmitted hereditarily, ending up as accepted history'” ( Id. at pg 96)

Hitler considered himself a socialist. He wrote about his disagreements with the Communists as ” less ideological than tactical”. Hitler further explained that the trouble with the Weimar politicians was that “they had never read Marx”. Hitler preferred the Communist to the Social Democrats and received Communist support in 1933. ( Id at 97) ( also Otto Wagener and Henry Ashby Turner Jr. , HITLER AUS NACHSTER NAHE: AUFZEICHNUNGEN EINES VERTTRAUTEN, 1929-1932 ( Ullstein , 1978) in ENglish, Hitler: Memoirs of a COnfidant ( Yale University Press 1985).

German National Socialism ( NAZIS) like the Italian counterpart, followed the Bolshevik example as an antibourgeois revolution. Ludwig von Mises, a noted economist, pointed out that the TEN emerging measures proposed by Marx in his Communist Manifesto closely paralleled Hitler’s economic program: ” Eight out of ten of these points were carried out by the Nazis with a radicalism that would have delighted Marx”. ( Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government: Rise of the Total State and Total War ( Random House, 1969) )

Jean Francois Revel summed up the totalitarian regimes as all being ” ideocracies or dictatorships of ideas. Communism rests on Marxist Leninism or Mao Zedong thought, National Socialism on the critirion of race. The fundamental feature of both systems is that the rulers, convinced that they possess the absolute truth and are guiding the course of history for all humanity, believe they have the right to destroy dissidents ( real or potential), races, classes, professional or cultural categories-anyone and everyone they see as obstacles, or capable one day of being obstacles, to the supreme design.” ( Jean Francsois Revel, Last Exit to Utopia, supra. at pg 99)


The Great Leap Forward, of China, has been called the “greatest famine in history” by historian, Jean Louis Margolin and it was a famine that was planned by the admired Mao Zedong, as an economic plan for his people. It raised the mortality rate from fifteen thousand during normal times to sixty eight thousand. In 1994, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution related deaths was revised up to the tens of millions of human beings. This fact, seen in juxtaposition to the Western Journalist apologist for Communism described Mao’s China by saying, “Maybe Mao has suppressed freedoms, but at least thanks to him, the Chinese people can eat their fill”. This was said, despite the fact that starvation had caused FORTY MILLION deaths. In 1997, Jean Louis Margolin published his findings on China and Mao only to be attacked by the European press with indignity. ( Id at 116)

The Left influenced press and intelligentsia has also conveniently forgotten the painful fact that Lenin was as great a murderer as Stalin. The estimated victims of Lenin’s “benevolent rule” between 1918 and 1920 was around TWO and a HALF MILLION people. ( Jacques Bayanac, La Terruer sous Lenine, (LeSagittaire 1975))

In 1990, Unesco, UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION, began a whitewashing propaganda program for another Communist Ho CHi Minh, of Vietnam. Unesco commerorated the memory of the Dictator with uncritical reruns of pro Hanoi propaganda from the sixties and the Character of Ho Chi Minh created by the Communist operations machine. Vietnam expert, Olivier Todd, who had been a captive of the Vietcong, wrote of the Ho Chi Minh myth as :
” The extraordinary sycophantic naivete’ of so many journalists and diplomats, proof of political manipulations within Unesco. This international organization, an offshoot of the United Nations, is getting ready to celebrate HO Chi Minh as a great statesman, ” A man of culture”,and renowned liberator” of his people. The International community is invited to subsidize this labor of hagiography, this mythologizing of the Communist “Uncle”-in the year after world Communism was dumped into the trash cans of history”. ( Olivier Todd, “The Ho Chi Mihn Myth”, Commentaire,Summer 1990).

Vietnam, under Ho CHi Mihn, carried out a series of witch hunts for the phantom “anti-Bolshevik” counterrevolutionaries suspected of being all through the Country. Paranoia infected the leadership and even heroes of the Indochina war were assasinated or sent to camps. One memoir of the communist witch hunt described the events:”One Communist Party Secretary who fell before a firing squad died shouting ‘Long live the Indochinese Communist Party!’, Unabled to understand what was happening, he died convinced he was being shot by fascist.” The estimate of losses in this purge believed to be 50,000 executions in the countryside. ( Black Book of COmmunism,supra. at 569) Between 50,000 and 100,000 people were imprisoned and 86 percent of the members of Party cells of the countryside were purged. ( id. at 570)

Then, there were the reeducation camps, where students, intellectuals, monks, (Buddhist and Catholic) and political militants were imprisoned and placed into forced labor without trial or process. One group testament about the prison conditions was passed around the country:
” We, workers, peasants and proletarians, believers, artists, writers, and patriotic intellectuals interned in different prisons across Vietnam….Conditions inside the prisons are unimaginably bad. In the Chi Hoa prison, the official Saigon prison, 8000 people under the old regime were kept in conditions that were universally condemned. Today there are more than 40,000 people in the same prison. Prisoners often die from hunger, lack of air, or torture, or by their own hand….
….There are two sorts of prison in Vietnam: the official prisons and the concentration camps. The latter are far out in the jungle, and the prisoner is sentenced to a lifetime of forced labor. There are no trials, and hence no possibility of using a legal mechanism in their defense…If it really is the case that humanity at present is recoiling from the spread of Communism, and rejecting at last the claims of the North Vietnamese Communists that their defeat of American imperialism is proof of their invincibility, then we prisoners of Vietnam, ask the International Red Cross, humanitarian organizations throughout world, and all men of good will, to send us cyanide capsules as soon as possible so that we can put an end to our suffering ourselves. We want to die now! Help us to carry out this act, and help us kill ourselves as soon as possible. We would be eternally in your debt.”
Vietnam, August 1975-October 1977
( Black Book of Communism,supra at 574).

It was this Ho Chi Mihn, and this Vietnam Communism, that Unesco celebrated; it was this Ho Chi Mihn that was celebrated as the dear “Uncle”, and “renowned liberator of his people”, and this went unchallenged except for the few lone voices of dissent which were ignored.


The Academia and intelligentsia approach to Castro and his apostle, Ernesto Che Guavara, has been one of reverence, idealizing and rhapsodizing about their views, accomplishments, and their acts. Incredibly, the actual acts of violence, executions, denial of freedoms have been either ignored or glossed over by the teachers, writers, politicians and clergy in America and Europe. Professor David Kunzle, of UCLA, stated, “Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara is one of the most appealing figures of our century.” ( Humberto Fontova, “Exposing the Real Che Guevara”, (NY, Penguin group, 2007) pg 122).

On the 30th anniversary of Che’s death, UCLA held a retrospective homage to Che, with writers and academics all gathered to praise the great deeds of Che and his legacy. The speakers at this homage to Che had no Cuban survivors of the revolution nor did it have any historian who was to discuss the actual acts of Che. Instead, UCLA invited Newsweek writer and former Mexican Communist Party member to explain the “con” side of Che. ( id at 125). UCLA professor, Maurice Zeitlin, spoke to the crowd with the declaration: ” Che’s legacy is embodied in the fact that the Cuban revolution is alive today..Che taught us all that freedom, democracy, and socialism are inseperable…As Utopian as Che’s dreams may have been, as Utopian as a world of peace and plenty for all may seem, no social justice is possible without a vision like Che’s” ( Id at 125).

It was during this very glowing speech, that an actual victim of Che stood up and declared, ” He was a murderer and a coward, too….he murdered my father..Che Guevara murdered my father, using his own pistol and in cold blood when my dad was completely defenseless…that was Guevara’s specialty. Che had his men beat him savagely, then he shot my father in the back of the head and neck.” ( Id at 126 )

Che, the man, actually wrote ” My ideological training means that I am one of those people who believe that the solution to the worlds problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain”. ( The Black Book of Communism, supra. at 651) Che Guevara in his will, praised the “extremely useful hatred that turns men into effective, violent, merciless, and cold killing machines”.( Id. at 652 ).

Che was an avid disciple of Lenin and even named his son in his honor. He also admired the cultural revolution of China and it was “he and not Fidel who in 1960 invented Cuba’s first corrective work camp( forced labor camp)” (Id at 652) Che took his revolution to the Congo where “he never hesitated to massacre civilians.” He was filled with a passionate hatred for the United States, in 1966 he took his guerilla forces on a crusade through South America, with the slogan encouraging the creation of ‘two, three, many Vietnams!'”( Id at 652)

Che was a racist who had no problem expressing his poor opinion of the black man, he declared his feeling that, ” The Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward looking organized and intelligent…We’re going to do for the blacks exactly what blacks did for the Cuban revolution. By which I mean: NOTHING!” ( Humberto Fontoya, Congressional Blacks are Smitten with Castro, American Thinker.com, Jan. 13, 2009)


Castro implementedd the principle of collective punishment on Cuba and began the process of forcing the relatives of dissidents to pay the social cost. Children of detainees were banned from a higher education and spouses were fired from their jobs. Prison authorities had the power to lengthen sentences by years. Often, prisoners were given an additional half of the sentence for not wearing a common uniform of a criminal. One prisoner was initially sentenced to ten years and ended up doing 40 years.( Id at 657)

There were several infamous jails for the political prisoners on Cuba, but La Cabana was the most infamous of the worst. Close to 100 prisoners were executed there and the jail specialized in holding prisoners in tiny cells called ratoneres or rat holes. Castro has another jail called Boniato, known for the extreme violence to the prisoners. Some prisoners were known to smear themselves with excrement to deter others from raping them. The conditions in this prison has been described by poet Jorge Valls, who was there for 7,340 days, and others who described the horrendous conditions. Iron cages have also been used in some prisons for political prisoners. Some cages were 1 meter wide by 1.8 meters high and about 10 meters long. Castro also imposed a punishment called requisas ( requisitioning ), which involved awakening the detainee and violently removing him from his cell, then stripping him naked and severely beating him. The detainee would then be made to wait for inspection before returning to his cell. This process could go on for months. ( Id at 659).One Cuban concentration camp in El Manbu, in Camaguey Cuba, held more than 3000 people in 1980. ( id at 659)

In 1978 there were between 15,000 to 20,000 political prisoners in Cuba and in 1986 12,000 to 15,000 political prisoners were kept in fifty regional prisons throughout the Island. Between 15,000 and 17,000 people have been shot by the Cuban government. ( Id at 664). During the repressions of the 1960s, between 7000 and 10,000 people were killed and 30,000 people were imprisoned for political dissent. ( Id at 656).

Potential dangers to society were imprisoned under the Cuban regime, which included Monsignor Jaime Ortega, of the Catholic Church and the Bishop of Havana. Additionally, the regime included homosexuals as dangers to society and arrested them as socially deviant people. One function of the Military Unit of Production Assistance, MUPA, was to “reeducate” homosexuals. ( Id at 656). Homosexuals had a specific section of the prison of East Havana, Nueva Carceral, who were imprisoned for their status as homosexual. ( Id at 656).

One would wonder if academia would be as enamoured of Castro if they had to survive within its confines for a few months under its rules and restrictions?

The Congressional Black Caucus sent six members to Cuba who met with the “President” and became absolutely smitten by Castro. ” He looked into my eyes” bragged Rep. Laura Richardson of California, “and then he asked how we can help President Obama? Fidel Castro really wants President Obama to succeed”.( Humberto Fontoya, “Congressional Black Caucus Smitten with Castro”, American Thinker.com , Jan. 13, 2009, 2013) ” He’s one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever met!”, gushed Emmanuel Cleaver, of Missouri. ” Raul Castro was a very engaging, down to earth and kind man” reported Bobby Rush of Illinois. ( Id). One has to wonder if these members of Congress were intentionally ignorant of the facts, or were they of like philosophical mind as the Communist?


History in education is being radically altered and affected by Communist and Progressives leaning to Communism, through out the United States, to erase the past crimes and truth of communist regimes and their impact on the U.S.

” Politicians must generate a steady supply of believers to conduct ‘research’as well as vote for said politicians, who keep the grants flowing…Enter the public education machine”
( Chuck Roger, “Pushing Junk Science on Children”, American Thinker.com, October 6, 2010).

Part of the “machine”, is the politically twisted curricula being taught throughout the country.
One high school in Chicago is teaching U.S. government by teaching about the murder of union leaders by government officials in the early 1900s. The text is a youth edition of a Marxist history book, “A People’s History of the United States”, by Howard Zinn. ( Aaron Klein, “Red Army” (Harper Collins,NY, 2011) pg 136)

Zinn, according to the FBI, had been a Communist member of of the Moscow funded Soviet Communist Party USA while teaching political science at Boston University. He also was a pro Castro activist and member of the Black Panther Party. ( Id. at 136). It is Zinn’s book, The Peoples History of the United States, that has become the required reading on college campuses throughout the country and the book has sold millions of copies and is influencing college students in all majors. ( Id. at 138).

Zinn’s work and life was described by John Perazzo in Front Page Mag.com as ” few academicians did more than the late Boston University professor to poison the minds of so many young Americans with a vulgar narrative of history in which the United States was forever cast as the villain.” ( Id. at137)

Zinn wrote of the Cold War in his History:
” When right after World War II, the American public, war weary, seemed to favor demobilization and disarmament, the Truman administration…worked to create an atmosphere of crisis and cold war…the Truman administration…presented the Soviet Union as not just a rival but an immediate threat. In a series of moves abroad and at home, it established a climate of fear-hysteria about Communism-which would steeply escalate the military budget and stimulate the economy with war related orders.” (Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, ( NY Harper Perennial 2001)pg 425)

Zinn makes no mention of the millions of killings, imprisonment and famines imposed by the Soviets during any period of time, let alone the Cold War.

In fact, Zinn’s goal is not to write about history as a past record or analysis, it was as propaganda. From Zinn’s perspective, wrote One critic, “history should be not be told from the standpoints of generals or presidents, but through that of people who struggle for their rights, who engage in strikes, boycotts, slave rebellions, and the like. Its purpose should be to encourage similar behavior today. Indeed, Zinn candidly said that history was not about ‘understanding the past’, but rather about’changing the future’. This statement alone should have disqualified anyone from referring to him as a historian”
( Ron Radosh, “America the Awful-Howard Zinn’s History”, Mindingthecampus.com jan 28, 2010)

Colleges are also systematically rewriting history and focusing on the communist utopian struggle of the “people” disregarding the millions of “people” murdered or imprisoned for their thoughts or beliefs. For example, the University of Texas offers a course in comparative literature, which teaches Marx and Engels with the reverence of a religion, offering no critical reviews of Marxism. ( David Horowitz,One Party Classroom, ( NY Random House, 2009)pg 125).

In another course at Temple University, called “Intellectual Heritage”, a required course for ALL students, has professors post 30 sample exams and study questions entitled “Faculty Perspective on Marx”. Everyone prompts the students to explain what Marx said in the way one might explain the theories of Copernicus, whose hypothesis have been confirmed by real world experiments. In another sample, a professor writes: “Marx presents an astute understanding and critique of Capitalism. Is it convincing?” ( Id at pg 168)

Yet another Intellectual heritage Professor, the Chairman of the political science department, provides a study which denies the acts of horror committed in the name of Marx. “The collapse of authoritarian communism means the death of marxist Leninism which has little to do with classical Marxism.” This premise requires one to cease reading the actual writings of Marx and Engels. ( Id at 168)

Duke University has a Marxism and Society program, housed in the English Department, with an absence of any critical challenges to the Marxist theories espoused. The description of the course states:”This course offers a critical appraisal of Marxism as a scholarly method for understanding human societies. The Course considers the basic concepts of historical materialism, as they have developed in historical contexts. Topics include sexual and social inequality, alienation, class formation, imperialism and revolution.” ( Id at29).

The University of Colorado offers a course in Feminist Theory, by Professor Martha Gimenez, where she is described as using “Marx’s methodology and theoretical framewwork for understanding the oppression of women in the capitalist mode of production”. Additionally, Gimenez’ website states that she has sought to “demonstrate the continuing relevance of Marx and Marxist theory for feminist theorizing and feminist politics” ( http://www.cddc.vt.edu/feminism/Gimenez.html.) Her Feminist course is”designed to examine the materialistic feminist challenge to postmodern feminist theorizing, tracing the development of materialist and marxist feminist theory…and examining the connections between class, gender and race and the contradictory implications of identity politics in the context of the global economy. ( One Party Classroom, supra., pg 39).

At Penn State University, a course called Introduction to American Studies, 100, which is a course to examine “what America means and what it means to be American”. The course is taught by several instructors which include a syllabus that depicts American culture as the manifestation of “a history of uninterrupted brutality and oppression, in which minority groups suffer while their white oppressors write a bogus narrative of unfolding freedom”. ( Id at 91). The sole text used in this course is a book by James Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me. This is a book which essentially claims that elite white male capitalists orchestrated the way history is written. ( Id at 91).


This essay began with the question of why Socialism continues to survive after failure after failure and abuse after abuse and the answer to the question seems evident in the blatant refusal of Academia and the intelligentsia to admit even the rudimentary faults of such a massive assault on humanity as has been Communism-Socialism. Professors are intent on maintaining a mythology that defies logic and good sense, yet it now,not only continues, but it thrives in Universities around the country and around the world. Those who try to speak out and correct the record are attacked, derided and ridiculed as stupid, or as red baiters. The facts, the evidence, and the history is not only ignored, it is re-written to suit the needs of the Socialist Myth.

Whittaker Chambers, speaking of Communism in the 1940s explained communism: “Its vision points the way to the future:its faith labors to turn the future into present reality. It says to every man who joins it: the vision is a practical problem of history; the way to achieve it is a practical problem of politics, which is the present tense of history. Have you the moral strength to take upon yourself the crimes of history so that man at last may close his chronicle of age old senseless suffering, and replace it with a purpose and a plan?….The answer is the root of that sense of moral superiority which makes Communists, though caught in crime, berate their opponents with withering self righteousness.”

Withering self rightiousness and berating the opponents in the face of eggregious crimes is the modus operandi.

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