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The forgotten victims of communism

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I just read a piece by Scott McConnell in the American Conservative, a magazine we co-founded 18 years ago. He writes about how the victims of communism are less commemorated than those of fascism. The death toll under communism was 100 million (see the Black Book of Communism). And as the mass murders continued, your Cambridge Joseph Needhams and his fellow apologists insisted that Maoism represented mankind’s best hope.

Maoism never received the moral obloquy that Nazism did. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which documents the horrific enormity of the Nazi project, has had 40 million visitors since 1993; the victims of communism are marked by a ten-foot statue in a tiny park near Union Station, tended by private donations. While Bernie Sanders praised the Bolsheviks and came close to being president, that motley crew — intellectuals and newspapers such as the New York Times — knowingly covered up the truth until they no longer could.

‘I think they’re called “bags for life” because they stay with us for ever.’

Now America itself is being challenged — as is Britain — by Orwellian methods of truth reversal. A nation is made up of social groups with a powerful sense of solidarity. It has sacred borders, a sense of shared history, a distinct culture and a common language. The nation, needless to say, precedes the identity of a single individual. Not so says the New York Times. Everything that Uncle Sam has achieved has been based on slavery. (A recent catty profile of The Spectator by a couple of NY Times clowns failed to mention some of our best writers of recent times such as Auberon Waugh or Paul Johnson.)

Never mind. While America and Britain are under attack by anarchists and thugs, media pimps and opportunistic politicians are excusing the mobs.

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