On this May Day (or International Workers Day), let us remember the millions of lives lost under Communism…
Rather than giving credence to disgruntled Marxists and communists on May 1, why not use this day to highlight the ills of global communism by honoring its victims?
Back in 2007, The Volokh Conspiracy’s Ilya Somin called on readers to commemorate the 100+ million lives lost under communism:
May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their regimes. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined. We appropriately have a Holocaust Memorial Day. It is equally appropriate to commemorate the victims of the twentieth century’s other great totalitarian tyranny. And May Day is the most fitting day to do so. I suggest that May Day be turned into Victims of Communism Day…
Why hasn’t more attention been given to global communism? Most academics and figureheads skip over it or downplay its horrors. It’s truly sad.
To better put things into perspective about communism, here are some figures:
· Historian R.J. Rummel says approximately 62 million people were killed in the former Soviet Union from 1917-1987 in his book, Lethal Politics: Soviet Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917.
· Roughly 45 million people were killed during Mao Zedong’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ from 1958-1962.· 35,000 to 141,000 people were killed in communist Cuba from 1959-1987. (It’s still a communist nation, so that number is subject to fluctuate.)
· Over 100 million across the globe have died as a result of communism.
There are many of us with anti-Communist backgrounds speaking out against historical revisionism.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), son of a Cuban immigrant, often shares his family story to audiences. He’s inspired to fend off big government and moral relativism thanks to father Rafael Cruz’s influence. Like his father, Cruz speaks out against Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and stresses the importance of combating tyranny.