The anti-market murder cult of Leninism and Stalinism. Stephen Kotkin @hooverinst

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11-11-2017

(Photo: Genrikh Yagoda (middle) inspecting the construction of the Moscow-Volga canal. 3 September 1935)

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The anti-market murder cult of Leninism and Stalinism. Stephen Kotkin @hooverinst

But a century of communism in power—with holdouts even now in Cuba, North Korea and China—has made clear the human cost of a political program bent on overthrowing capitalism. Again and again, the effort to eliminate markets and private property has brought about the deaths of an astounding number of people. Since 1917—in the Soviet Union, China, Mongolia, Eastern Europe, Indochina, Africa, Afghanistan and parts of Latin America—communism has claimed at least 65 million lives, according to the painstaking research of demographers.

Communism’s tools of destruction have included mass deportations, forced labor camps and police-state terror—a model established by Lenin and especially by his successor Joseph Stalin. It has been widely imitated. 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.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-communist-century-1509726265

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