Victims of Communism

Written by Andy

We should never forget the more than one-hundred-million victims of communism. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989. However, communism did not evaporate. It possibly allowed it to pass to the ‘West’. One hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution, one-fifth of the world’s population still lives under single-party communist regimes in China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. [1] It is not necessarily the ‘single party’ that is bad but the communism. Where there is a single-party and all are free to vote for whoever joins that party, then a single party may be viable. Democracy is not without its flaws, particularly where both parties support the ‘debt banking system’ and every war that is advertised by a corporate controlled media propaganda. We should not forget these one-hundred-million victims of communism. Through remembering the human faults of the past we can avoid the same consequences in the future. We must be vocal and educate all about the dangers of communism. With communist propaganda, what they say and what they do, do not match. One commenter advises:

“When we don’t educate our youngest generations about the historical truth of 100 million victims murdered at the hands of communist regimes over the past century, we shouldn’t be surprised at their willingness to embrace Marxist ideas.”


As the Chinese proverb says,

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.

The concept was well explained by former South Vietnamese president Nguyen Van Thieu, when he said:

“Don’t listen to what the communists say, but look at what they do” [3]

Many mass killings occurred under twentieth century Communist regimes. The death estimates vary and somewhat depend on the deaths included. The higher estimates of mass killings account for crimes against civilians by governments. This includes executions, destruction of population through government created starvation, and deaths during forced deportation, imprisonment, and forced labour. [2] The terms used for these deaths include “mass killing”, “democide“, “politicide“, “classicide” and the broader term “genocide“. The term “communist holocaust” is used occasionally.[19][20][21] 

The term “red Holocaust” was coined by the Munich Institut für Zeitgeschichte.[o][22] Professor Steven Rosefielde used “Red Holocaust” for communist “peacetime state killings”, while stating that it “could be defined to include all murders (judicially sanctioned terror-executions), criminal manslaughter (lethal forced labor and ethnic cleansing) and felonious negligent homicide (terror-starvation) incurred from insurrectionary actions and civil wars prior to state seizure, and all subsequent felonious state killings.”[p] According to Jörg Hackmann, this term is not popular among scholars in Germany or internationally.[o] Alexandra Laignel-Lavastine writes that usage of this term “allows the reality it describes to immediately attain, in the Western mind, a status equal to that of the extermination of the Jews by the Nazi regime“.[q][23] Michael Shafir writes that the use of the term supports the “competitive martyrdom component of Double Genocide”, a theory whose worst version is Holocaust obfuscation.[24] George Voicu states that Leon Volovici has “rightfully condemned the abusive use of this concept as an attempt to ‘usurp’ and undermine a symbol specific to the history of European Jews.”[r]

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_communist_regimes

  • In 1994, R. J. Rummel’s book Death by Government included about 110 million people, foreign and domestic, killed by communist democide from 1900 to 1987.[33] In 1993, Rummel wrote: “Even were we to have total access to all communist archives we still would not be able to calculate precisely how many the communists murdered. Consider that even in spite of the archival statistics and detailed reports of survivors, the best experts still disagree by over forty percent on the total number of Jews killed by the Nazis. We cannot expect near this accuracy for the victims of communism. We can, however, get a probable order of magnitude and a relative approximation of these deaths within a most likely range”.[18] Due to additional information about Mao’s culpability in the Great Chinese Famine from the work of Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, in late 2005 Rummel revised upward his total for communist democide between 1900 and 1999 to about 148 million, using their estimate of 38 million famine deaths.[34][35]
  • In 1999, the Stéphane Courtois introduction to the ‘Black Book of Communism‘ gave a “rough approximation, based on unofficial estimates” approaching 100 million killed.[t] 
  • In 2005, Benjamin Valentino stated that the number of non-combatants killed by communist regimes in the Soviet Union, People’s Republic of China and Cambodia alone ranged from a low of 21 million to a high of 70 million.[v][w] Valentino stated that the “highest end of the plausible range of deaths attributed to communist regimes” was up to 110 million”.[v][x]
  • In 2010, Steven Rosefielde’s book Red Holocaust said that communism’s internal contradictions “caused to be killed” approximately 60 million people and perhaps tens of millions more.[36]
  • In 2011, Matthew White published his rough total of 70 million “people who died under communist regimes from execution, labor camps, famine, ethnic cleansing, and desperate flight in leaky boats”, not counting those killed in wars.[y]
  • In 2014, Julia Strauss wrote that, while there was the beginning of a scholarly consensus on figures of around 20 million killed in the Soviet Union and 2-3 million in Cambodia, there was no such consensus on numbers for China.[z]
  • In 2016, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation compiled ranges of estimates and concluded that the overall range “spans from 42,870,000 to 161,990,000” killed, with 100 million the most commonly cited figure.[aa]
  • In 2017, Professor Stephen Kotkin wrote in The Wall Street Journal that communism killed at least 65 million people between 1917 and 2017: “Though communism has killed huge numbers of people intentionally, even more of its victims have died from starvation as a result of its cruel projects of social engineering.”[ab][37]

Lest us look at the rate of the killings in the last century to see when killing was most popular.

Deaths per Year


These are images from Vietnam.

Families mourning their losses under Vietnam communism. Source: [3]
Workers unearth a mass grave containing victims of a Viet Cong massacre during the Tet offensive. 1968-02. Source: [3]

Mao’s ‘People’s Revolution’ is estimated to have caused the deaths of around sixty-five million people. Socialist states, striving for Communism, caused the deaths. With clever propaganda, we can see a significant proportion of our society advocating for Socialism and even full blown Communism. This ideology has shown that it always leads to oppression and death? The reason is ignorance. Ignorance that the ideologies of Marx all lead to mass murder. Marxism is a formula for bringing down a civil structure and moving it to totalitarianism. It is not a system of government. It is a system of destroying stable government and replacing it with totalitarianism.

Philosophically, Marxism denies private property and individualism, a “problem” that can only be remedied by elimination. Practically, Socialism can only be enforced through coercion, as it violates the fundamental drive of human beings.#

[1] https://victimsofcommunism.org

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_killings_under_communist_regimes

[3] http://www.viettouch.com/hcm/

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