Friday, April 15, 2016

Those who hold Lenin, Trotsky, and Ho Chi Minh in anything other than contempt are dupes



Communism did kill, Courtois and his fellow historians demonstrate, with ruthless efficiency: 25 million in Russia during the Bolshevik and Stalinist eras, perhaps 65 million in China under the eyes of Mao Zedong, 2 million in Cambodia, millions more Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America–an astonishingly high toll of victims. This freely expressed penchant for homicide, Courtois maintains, was no accident, but an integral trait of a philosophy, and a practical politics, that promised to erase class distinctions by erasing classes and the living humans that populated them.

Courtois and his contributors document Communism’s crimes in numbing detail, moving from country to country, revolution to revolution. The figures they offer will likely provoke argument, if not among cliometricians then among the ideologically inclined. So, too, will Courtois’s suggestion that those who hold Lenin, Trotsky, and Ho Chi Minh in anything other than contempt are dupes, witting or not, of a murderous school of thought–one that, while in retreat around the world, still has many adherents. A thought-provoking work of history and social criticism, The Black Book of Communism fully merits the broadest possible readership and discussion.


  1. Communism is about killing off the White race and it is clearly evident today. Stalin's slaughter of 44,000,000
    Whites was not to quell dissent but to kill Whites.
    General Patton knew this too. Communism is protected.
    President Wilson gave the Bolshevik's 20 million dollars
    out of a secret fund. The bankers supported the Bolshevik's.

  2. Damn, he put Ho on the list...that has to be giving baby boomers heartburn.