Happy 100th Anniversary, Communists! – Investor's Business Daily

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Communists of the world, it is time to rejoice! Nov. 7 is the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. On that day in 1917 the Lenin-led Reds staged a coup in St. Petersburg, seizing power from the first democratically elected government in 1,000 years. This was the first time in history that a communist regime had toppled a government but certainly not the last.

But where are the celebrations of this magnificent moment? We have not heard a word of congratulations even from the nominally communist nations of China, Venezuela, Cuba, Sweden, Vietnam, or even the Upper West Side of Manhattan. No parties on the college campuses, nothing from Hollywood or even Bernie Sanders?

What about that reliable bastion of leftism — the mainstream media? No reverential videos of Lenin and Stalin from CNN? What about glowing tributes from the New York Times? Why the silence?

Before 1917, the communist utopia concocted by the twisted mind of a disgruntled rabbi’s son from Germany named Karl Marx had the credibility of the unproven hypothesis. That changed abruptly on that historic November day. The Soviet insurrection that overthrew the legitimate Kerensky government ushered in a wave of terror that was unprecedented.

The Red gangsters that ruled Russia made Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun look like amateurs in the art of carnage. In order to consolidate power over a majority of Russians who did not believe in socialism, the Leninist thugs had to murder tens of millions and incarcerate countless others in gulags.

And how did their economic utopia fare? Not very well. For virtually the entire 20 years following the communist coup, the country was in perpetual famine. It did not help that on the way to collectivizing agriculture, the Soviets murdered millions of productive independent kulak farmers who were responsible for most of Russia’s agricultural output.

The massacre of their own people by the communists served as a template for future revolutions. Since 1917, communism has been tried in 37 countries worldwide and has a perfectly unblemished record of failure. By contrast, more than 2 billion people, primarily in Asia, have been lifted out of poverty by free enterprise since 1980. But will you ever see this in the Washington Post or on MSNBC? Of course not. It’s far easier to whine about inequality.

How have citizens been treated under communist rule? The landmark work, “The Black Book of Communism,” eloquently and comprehensively addresses this. According to editor Stephane Courtois, “Communist regimes are responsible for more deaths than any other political ideal or movement.” How many? One hundred million humans massacred, starved and executed, including 65 million in China.

Surely the “leading” Marxist murderer was Pol Pot, whose minions slaughtered the most-educated and accomplished 20% of Cambodians in 1975. The Killing Fields represented the zenith of Red genocide and should have served as an epitaph for the monstrosities of Marxism for all time.

But paradoxically, leftism is stronger than ever today. Throughout Western societies the welfare state keeps expanding, socialism dominates the colleges and permeates the media, while laissez-faire capitalism is held in low repute. No matter that after 15 years of socialism once-prosperous Venezuela is a ruined economy. A century after the Bolshevik Revolution, far-leftists Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are rock stars.

So let’s all salute the communists and wish them a well-deserved Happy 100th Anniversary.

  • Kofsky is a New York-based writer and marketing director.

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