Fascism and Communism

The reason leftists give communists, the world's most horrible murderers, a pass is that they sympathize with the chief goal of communism: restricting personal liberty.
The reason leftists give communists, the world's most horrible murderers, a pass is that they sympathize with the chief goal of communism: restricting personal liberty.

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Before the question, how about a few statistics? The 20th century was mankind's most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an estimated 71 million to 116 million lives.

The number of war dead pales in comparison with the number of people who lost their lives at the hands of their own governments. The late professor Rudolph J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii documented this tragedy in his book “Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900.” Some of the statistics found in the book have been updated here.

The People's Republic of China tops the list, with 76 million lives lost at the hands of the government from 1949 to 1987. The Soviet Union follows, with 62 million lives lost from 1917 to 1987. Adolf Hitler's Nazi German government killed 21 million people between 1933 and 1945. Then there are lesser murdering regimes, such as Nationalist China, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam and Mexico. According to Rummel's research, the 20th century saw 262 million people's lives lost at the hands of their own governments.

Hitler's atrocities are widely recognized, publicized and condemned. World War II's conquering nations' condemnation included denazification and bringing Holocaust perpetrators to trial and punishing them through lengthy sentences and execution. Similar measures were taken to punish Japan's murderers.

But what about the greatest murderers in mankind's history — the Soviet Union's Josef Stalin and China's Mao Zedong? Some leftists saw these communists as heroes. W.E.B. Du Bois, writing in the National Guardian in 1953, said, “Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature. … The highest proof of his greatness (was that) he knew the common man, felt his problems, followed his fate.” Walter Duranty called Stalin “the greatest living statesman” and “a quiet, unobtrusive man.” There was even leftist admiration for Hitler and fellow fascist Benito Mussolini. When Hitler came to power in January 1933, George Bernard Shaw described him as “a very remarkable man, a very able man.” President Franklin Roosevelt called the fascist Mussolini “admirable,” and he was “deeply impressed by what he (had) accomplished.”

In 1972, John Kenneth Galbraith visited Communist China and praised Mao and the Chinese economic system. Michel Oksenberg, President Jimmy Carter's China expert, complained, “America (is) doomed to decay until radical, even revolutionary, change fundamentally alters the institutions and values.” He urged us to “borrow ideas and solutions” from China. Harvard University professor John K. Fairbank believed that America could learn much from the Cultural Revolution, saying, “Americans may find in China's collective life today an ingredient of personal moral concern for one's neighbor that has a lesson for us all.” By the way, an estimated 2 million people died during China's Cultural Revolution. More recent praise for murdering tyrants came from Anita Dunn, President Barack Obama's acting communications director in 2009, who said, “Two of my favorite political philosophers (are) Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa.”

Recall the campus demonstrations of the 1960s, in which campus radicals, often accompanied by their professors, marched around singing the praises of Mao and waving Mao's Little Red Book. That may explain some of the campus mess today. Some of those campus radicals are now tenured professors and administrators at today's universities and colleges and K-12 schoolteachers and principals indoctrinating our youth.

Now the question: Why are leftists soft on communism?

The reason leftists give communists, the world's most horrible murderers, a pass is that they sympathize with the chief goal of communism: restricting personal liberty.

In the U.S., the call is for government control over our lives through regulations and taxation. Unfortunately, it matters little whether the Democrats or Republicans have the political power. The march toward greater government control is unabated. It just happens at a quicker pace with Democrats in charge.


About Walter E.Williams Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa’s War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 20 thoughts on “Fascism and Communism

    1. Islam is the latest tool the Left uses to beat us down calling us Islamaphobes, etc. We have to wake up our youth to the exploitation that they being expose to now. At some point it all comes down to control and Islam is a useful idiot towards that goal. I don’t’ think they realize they won’t be able to put that Genie back in the bottle though. GOD help us.

    2. Not including Nazis as part of the Left is a mistake. We on the Right continue to allow The Left to declare us Nazis at the drop of the hat, but never forget that the Nazis are First and foremost Socialists … the first and biggest step to a Communist state.

      1. Roger,

        And European political terms, the Nazis were on the far right, not the far left!

        While they were indeed socialist, as is clearly indicated in their name, they were politically on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Communists!

        We cannot just think in American political terms when we are considering non American political paradigms!

        1. @ Roger: We ARE Americans! Yes we can very well think inside the American political paradigm as the Nazis were no different than the Soviet Communist Party for their goal was the same ‘World Domination’ completely and I mean COMPLETELY even if the term ‘National’ was in their title. It was just a different route to SAME place.
          Remember, they anyTHING but Nationalist except what the whole world emulate under their Nazi control and eugenic cleansing of the world’s population.
          By definition that is here, the EU and the World over…. That is SOCIALISM! That is COMMUNISM! That is GREENING… .”EARTH WORSHIP”! THAT IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY & ISLAM!!!
          Their Doctrine tenants are for ‘ONE WORLD ORDER’. A ‘New World Order’!
          Now rehash the happenings in America and the world, human euthanasia, genetic cleansing, the public school system, Social Security and welfare under federal control and Obaba’s division of the American people and political paradigm. What say you to that definition? EU enough? The EU that’s interfered in US politics, the ‘New Soviet’.

          1. Checked twice?????…… including once while typing it. That’s three times! There be shenanigans going with our posts somewhere between the desktop – the internet/cloud – and Ammoland.com.

            I’ve been monitoring my posts specifically while reading others. The is the first of mine with many errors, too many. I don’t claim perfection but I also know what was sent. One error maybe, two possible but several not likely.

            1. Paragraph Two: Sentence Two is a prime example. I wrote it, checked it several times. Held for It for awhile. then sent it. It is short and concise. Someone please explain it?

              Late Posts (from hrs. to almost a full day)???
              Erred Posts???
              Missing Posts???????

              If I had not started checking my lists more than twice I would have summed it all up to my errors including past posts weeks ago.

              I’m checking… no errors let’s see?

    3. The PROGRESSIVE LEFT Is getting well entrenched in our school system . This has to STOP. All the dictators of the past 100 or so years started with the young. While on a trip to upstate NEW YORK, my auto was vandalized . The auto was not damaged but the damage was horrible The stars and stripes (flags) were ripped form my auto and thrown into the mud. This shows the type of people we have here . THEY SHOULD TRY THAT IN A COUNTRY LIKE CUBA .

    4. When the Soviet Union Fell apart, the American Communist Party Started calling themselves the
      Progressive Party the merged into the Democratic Party.

    5. I have seen this commented on before about the communists in the Soviet Union and China. However if you notice the media never ever talks about them. We get to hear about the Nazis and Hitler 24×7 in all the media yet not one peep from them about the communists. Why is that? Could it be that the left LIKES and ADMIRES the communists? Heck in the last the New York Times in the last had a glowing series of articles about the communists and Soviets.

      1. Anything partisan group that has ‘Socialism’ as one of it’s tenants is definitely on and near the far left, be it National and/or Global Socialism. Our nation’s problem has been in not defining the ‘Democratic Party’ as a American Socialist group and letting them control the curriculum of the National Public School system including many private schools. Lenin quite well understood that the young mind is moldible like clay and it could quite easily be done periodically year-to-year like a computer updating itself with ‘New Code’. America has become a textbook example of how Pavlov controlled his dogs and the Soviet technique.

      1. @ Roy: YES THEY ARE… Very Red, Yellow and Green the colors of death, disease, destruction, deception, decay… and of course ‘the Devil’!

    6. Thank you, Dr. Williams for putting things in perspective. We wish you a Merry Faith Based Christmas, and prosperous and healthy New Year.

    7. BTW the way all these groups listed below have the same main goal of ‘Total World Domination’. The Globalists and Islam also share this goal.

    8. Leftist = Socialist = Communist = The American Democratic Party
      i.e. Ca, China, N. Korea,The Clintons, The Obamas and RINO planted subversives.
      The EU is the NEW Soviet. The Green Party.

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