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If anything, “The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression”—that “800-page compendium of the crimes of communist regimes worldwide”—treads too lightly when it comes to qualitative comparisons between the Nazi and the “Marxist-Leninist phenomenon.”

On the quantitative front, “Nazism, at an estimated 25 million dead,” turned out to be distinctly less murderous than Communism, whose “grand total of victims, variously estimated at between 85 million and 100 million murdered, is the most colossal case of political carnage in history.”

Qualitatively, the “‘class genocide’ of Communism” is certainly comparable to the “‘race genocide’ of Nazism.” In its reach and methods, moreover, nothing compares to Communism’s continual, ongoing invention of new classes of “enemies of the people” to liquidate. “Mass violence against the population was a deliberate policy of the new revolutionary order; and its scope and inhumanity far exceeded anything in the national past.”

The fact that socialists and communists are still voted into power—with swagger in Greece—demonstrates that communists, despite their murderous past, “belong to the camp of democratic progress,” whereas the Right is forever open to suspicions of unforgiven fascist and Nazi sympathies.

The Jewish people have carried out “the solemn obligation to keep the memory of its martyrs alive in the conscience of the world.” The civilized world has internalized the methods and meaning of the “Final Solution.” As “The Black Book” observes approvingly, “Hitler and Nazism are now a constant presence in Western print and on Western television.”

Alas, although “their practices were comparable,” the “moral auras” of Nazism and Communism are still “antithetical.” “The Communist project” is permitted to claim “a commitment to universalistic and egalitarian goals, whereas the Nazi project” is said to offer only “unabashed national egoism.” The liberal world has refused to similarly stigmatize Communism. “The status of ex-Communist carries with it no stigma, even when unaccompanied by any expression of regret.”

Even more skewed is the situation in the East. No Gulag camps have been turned into museums to commemorate their inmates; all were bulldozed into the ground during Khrushchev’s de-Stalinization. The only memorial to Stalin’s victims is a modest stone brought to Moscow from the Arctic camp of Solovki and placed in Lubyanka Square (though well off to the side), where the KGB’s former headquarters still stands.

Nor are there any regular visitors to this lonely slab (one must cross a stream of traffic to reach it) and no more than an occasional wilted bouquet. By contrast, Lenin’s statue still dominates most city centers, and his mummy reposes honorably in its Mausoleum. Throughout the former Communist world, moreover, virtually none of its responsible officials has been put on trial or punished. Indeed, everywhere Communist parties, though usually under new names, compete in politics.

The regime that was launched “in Sarajevo in 1914 and ended in Moscow in 1991” turned “mass crime into a full-blown system of government.” “Crime [was] the defining characteristic of the Communist system throughout its existence.”


“Islamo-Nazies” is how rightists have taken to dubbing the ISIS Islamists. But nothing beat the communists when it came to the execution by “firing squads, hanging, drowning, battering, [even gassing and beheading], poisoning; the destruction of the population by starvation, through man-made famine, the withholding of food, or both; deportation, through which death can occur in transit (either through physical exhaustion or through confinement in an enclosed space), at one’s place of residence, or through forced labor (exhaustion, illness, hunger, cold),” all meticulously planned and documented by the central authorities.

Perpetuated by the Left and acquiesced to by a perpetually frightened Right, the double standard adopted toward Communism is “scandalously out of line with the century’s real balance sheet of political crime.” It must end!

When we next commemorate the Holocaust, let us remember the forgotten victims of Communism who, too, were exterminated for who they were:

U.S.S.R.: 20 million dead
China: 65 million dead
Vietnam: 1 million dead
North Korea: 2 million dead
Cambodia: 2 million dead
Eastern Europe: 1 million dead
Latin America: 150,000 dead
Africa: 1.7 million dead
Afghanistan: 1.5 million dead
The international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power: about 10,000 dead

As suggested by Ilya Somin of The Volokh Conspiracy, a “Victims of Communism Day” is long overdue.


Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook , Gab & YouTube

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  1. I have been reading Anne Applebaum’s book Gulag lately wondering about this same question. The Cuban revolution is another example one could discuss in detail and the movie Before Night Falls documents that same sort of history in interesting ways. As for Fascism, there are examples where it wasn’t demonized after the fact. Japan’s government after the war consisted of almost all the same people as were active in the war, even those who everyone knew were “war criminals”. The Japanese WWII imperial army is presented in almost reverent ways in US movies and media nowadays, as if they were heroic victims of the war.

    In Anne Applebaum’s book the answer comes down to how the Soviets implemented the Gulag system and managed the European perception of it via organizations like the Red Cross. For one thing, socialists weren’t sent to gulags even though they were enemies of the communists. Most of them that were arrested lived in what could be compared to locked College Dorms where men and women served time together and socialized. In short, the Soviets spent a lot of time and effort managing public perception of the Gulag system when it was still operating.

    Ultimately I think it all comes down to the same kind of political forces that we are seeing unfold with BLM now vis-a-vis the Police in the US. Another example would be the political forces that are making the media characterize our border enforcement now as consisting of “concentration camps” where children are kept in cages. People can sue the police for millions of dollars whenever they can make a case that they were deprived of their civil rights in some way. Immigrants can apply for benefits and permanent residency if their is a general perception that keeping them out is somehow being complicit in evil. In short… things are characterized as being “evil” in the media and history when people have a very clear financial incentive to do so and a likelihood they will get paid out.

    In Germany’s case, pretty much everyone who could prove they were a victim of the concentration camps got paid $50,000 (so far as I have read) in reparations, which translates into about $500,000 in today’s money. So of course everyone had a very clear financial incentive to claim that their grandparents, neices, nephews and literally everyone else they ever knew were in the camps. There was no incentive whatsoever to minimize the historical suffering or its presentation in the media.

    When it comes to the gulags, nobody is going to get paid anything for having a family member who was in a labor camp in 1925 even if they were tortured and died. So no one makes an issue out of it. Similarly with black on black gun violence in the US… you aren’t going to collect 10 million bucks from some guy who shot you on the corner for your sneakers so BLM isn’t all that concerned with that sort of violence. On the other hand, if you can show from body cam footage that the police made a mistake arresting you, the police will have to pay you upwards of millions of dollars for your suffering.

    It’s a business. Business chases paying customers.

    All of which is of course only my opinion and I am sorry for the suffering anyone experienced.

  2. Kerry says:

    Interesting column.

    I wish I had the answer to the central question – maybe it’s that, oddly enough, Communism has had better marketing than NAZIism/Fascism? Those Che shirts are pretty cool am I right?

    Back in my university days dudes peddling The Worker newspaper was a common site at our library, as well as the aforementioned Che T-shirts and just a general espousing of Marxist theory from professors and students alike.

    And nobody said a thing, I can’t imagine a Joseph Goebbels beanie going unnoticed and unchallenged.

    It has a lot to do with NAZIism being percieved as “racist” etc., while certain Communist regimes like Stalin’s USSR being thought of as the product of a madman who really didn’t do Communism correctly.

  3. Wojtek says:

    ‘The only memorial to Stalin’s victims is a modest stone…..’

    This is simply untrue. Just google the Museum of the Gulag, which is situated in Moscow, and was opened by Putin.


    BTW – is there a museum in the USA which details the horrors of slavery? I don’t know – am just asking.

  4. On the quantitative front, “Nazism, at an estimated 25 million dead,” turned out to be distinctly less murderous than Communism


    If we subtract the figures for China’s invisible, unwitnessed, unmourned, unobserved famine*, ‘Communism’s’ (which is not a governance system) comes out smelling like a rose compared the America’s post-WWII 25,000,000 body count.

    As Noam Chomsky says,

    “The vision of our own magnificence alongside the incomprehensible monstrosity of the enemy – the “monolithic and ruthless conspiracy” (John F. Kennedy) dedicated to “total obliteration” of any shred of decency in the world (Robert McNamara) – recapitulates in close detail the imagery of the past half century (actually, well beyond, though friends and enemies rapidly shift, to the present). Apart from a huge published literature and the commercial media, it is captured vividly in the internal document NSC 68 of 1950, widely recognised as the founding document of the Cold War but rarely quoted, perhaps out of embarrassment at the frenzied and hysterical rhetoric of the respected statesmen Dean Acheson and Paul Nitze; for a sample, see my Deterring Democracy, chap. 1.

    The picture has always been an extremely useful one. Renewed once again today, it allows us to erase completely the entire record of hideous atrocities compiled by “our side” in past years. After all, they count as nothing when compared with the ultimate evil of the enemy. However grand the crime, it was “necessary” to confront the forces of darkness, now finally recognised for what they were. With only the faintest of regrets, we can therefore turn to the fulfilment of our noble mission, though as New York Times correspondent Michael Wines reminded us in the afterglow of the humanitarian triumph in Kosovo, we must not overlook some “deeply sobering lessons”: “the deep ideological divide between an idealistic New World bent on ending inhumanity and an Old World equally fatalistic about unending conflict.” The enemy was the incarnation of total evil, but even our friends have a long way to go before they ascend to our dizzying heights.

    Nonetheless, we can march forward, “clean of hands and pure of heart,” as befits a Nation under God. And crucially, we can dismiss with ridicule any foolish inquiry into the institutional roots of the crimes of the state-corporate system, mere trivia that in no way tarnish the image of Good versus Evil, and teach no lessons, “deeply sobering” or not, about what lies ahead — a very convenient posture, for reasons to obvious to elaborate.


  5. If anything, “The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression”—that “800-page compendium of the crimes of communist regimes worldwide”—treads too lightly when it comes to qualitative comparisons between the Nazi and the “Marxist-Leninist phenomenon.”

    So lightly that it was repudiated even by some contributors to the book as heavy handed Cold War propaganda.

    Moreover, two of the book’s main contributors—Nicolas Werth and Jean-Louis Margolin—as well as Karel Bartosek[6] publicly disassociated themselves from Courtois’ statements in the introduction and criticized his editorial conduct. Werth and Margolin felt Courtois was “obsessed” with arriving at a total of 100 million killed which resulted in “sloppy and biased scholarship”[23] and faulted him for exaggerating death tolls in specific countries.

    When we next commemorate the Holocaust

    Ummm… do you know where you are?
    This website does not commemorate the Holocaust, to put it mildly 😉

  6. @Godfree Roberts

    Noam Chomsky is probably one of the most ideologically driven propagandists of Anti-American interpretations of everything that it’s not really credible to cite him in any context other than maybe an Amnesty International meeting on a college campus where everyone is 19 years old and has read maybe two or three books in their entire lives. He panders to the kind of people who read Huffington Post articles as if they are hard hitting investigative journalism. Quoting Noam Chomsky favorably about any topic involving US History is pretty much on par with quoting Mein Kampf as if it’s a fairly reasonable presentation of European history that people should give more thought to considering.

    Factual Example: police arrest shoplifter
    Chomsky interpretation: the capitalist-corporate terror system of making the poor pay for food has been a theft from the virtuous since the Pilgrims first started committing genocide on the North American continent.

  7. I don’t know why people keep acting as though there’s a difference between communism, socialism, democracy, etc. Any difference is theoretical.

    In practice, almost all gov’ts are turning totalitarian regardless of their claimed title. Elections are a controlled exercise between candidates already vetted by the political system. Vote for either jerk and the system is OK with that. Trump derangement syndrome is just theater to keep boobus Americanus occupied on nonsense.

    “Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day. But a series of oppressions, pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate systematic plan of reducing us to slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson

    Tell me that the last several decades in the US and elsewhere don’t show a steady decline in everything that matters, regardless of the claimed form of gov’t.

  8. On the quantitative front, “Nazism, at an estimated 25 million dead,” turned out to be distinctly less murderous than Communism, whose “grand total of victims, variously estimated at between 85 million and 100 million murdered, is the most colossal case of political carnage in history.”

    But communism lasted much longer than Nazism, and it took over more populous nations. Communism triumphed whereas Nazism was defeated. But suppose Nazis had prevailed in Russia, and suppose Japanese Imperialists(who practiced a mystical kind of neo-feudal fascism) had prevailed in China. The numbers would have been much higher.

    Communist deaths are largely due to the takeover of China. And it also had to do with particularly insane form of communism pushed by Mao. After all, Eastern European nations, though brutal and repressive, didn’t have mass killings. There was no mass killings in Cuba either.

    Communism proved to be especially dangerous in the East due to combination of radical politics, personality cult, and Oriental Despotism. They combined to produce a totalitarianism beyond anything seen in the West. It’s hard to imagine a Czech or Polish Mao, or Czechs and Poles being as mindless in their submission as the Chinese, North Koreans, or Cambodians under Khmer Rouge were.

    But then, why did communism come to power in China? The blame must go to the West, Japan, and right-wing KMT. The West humiliated Chinese, and many Chinese looked to Soviet Union as the model of resistance. Japan was welcomed into the imperialist club and made war on China. KMT, corrupt and divided, led a poor war effort against Japan. In the end, they all canceled each other out(especially as Japan lost to US), and the communists filled the vacuum. Communism never would have come to power if not for foreign meddling and invasions.
    And of course, communists would likely not have come to power in Russia if not for the utterly retarded decisions of the vain monarchs and devious capitalists.

    The fact that socialists and communists are still voted into power—with swagger in Greece—demonstrates that communists, despite their murderous past, “belong to the camp of democratic progress,” whereas the Right is forever open to suspicions of unforgiven fascist and Nazi sympathies.

    This is due to peculiarities of local histories. Greece had a right-wing government, but Fascist Italy invaded. Hitler felt compelled the aid the Italians as ally. Therefore, Greeks turned anti-rightist and came to associate the Left as the resistance against foreign occupation. And when US-UK intervened to install a right-wing puppet regime and crushed the Greek communists(who had much popular support), many Greeks developed romantic views of the Left. Sure, Greek communists were ruthless Stalinists, but they were still admired as Greek patriots who’d resisted the Nazis and then the Anglo-Imperialists.
    In contrast, guess who’s in power in Ukraine? The Neo-Nazis and why? They were oppressed by communists and during WWII came to regard the Germans as liberators.
    Why do Spanish romanticize the Left while the Poles romanticize the Right? Spanish think of the Left as the noble resistance against Franco, whereas Poles regard the Polish right as resistance against communists and Russians. (Also, whereas anti-Nazi resistance came from the Left in most occupied nations, it came mostly from the Right in Poland. While Nazis found right-wing allies in most satellite nations, their outright invasion of Poland meant that the Polish Right ended up fighting the Nazis, and of course, the commies too.)

    Also, has the ‘human rights’ record of the so-called Free World been so great? British carried out ruthless violence in their empire. French killed scores of people in Algeria. They used torture too. US decimated entire populations in Korea and Vietnam, nations that posed zero threat to the US. And look at Zionist-directed US foreign policy in the Middle East. It’s close to genocidal.
    Australia was founded on outright genocide of natives. Belgians were horrific in the Congo. Indeed, one blessing of the Cold War was that the Third World lived in a state of greater equilibrium. There was Soviet Power to balance out the US power. It forced US to behave less arrogantly.

    And finally, even most crimes of communism cannot compare to what Jewish Power and consumer-capitalism had done to the Modern World. The creation of soulless zombies who celebrate sodomy and welcome mass invasion of their own nations. Look at Ireland under global-capitalism. Its fate will be worse than the horrific potato famine that killed countless but still kept Ireland Irish. But Ireland will be Afro-jungle land that worships homos in the future.

    As for faux-communist larpers like Antifa, they’re just spoiled brats without elite prospects having some fun because they can’t make it as studs and athletes. And they are funded and protected by Jewish capitalists who use them as Janissary against white patriots.

    German conservatives used anti-communist Nazis against Jewish Power, and Jewish Power uses ‘anti-fascist’ communists against the prospect of White Power. This has led to the odd phenomenon of capitalists supporting communists against fascism. It’d odd because fascism tolerates capitalism whereas communism seeks to destroy capitalism. But for Jews, white ‘communists’ are more reliably anti-white and, furthermore, Jewish Power altered the terms of Leftism as being more about globo-homo and idolatry of certain groups(blacks, Jews, and homos) than class struggle.

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  9. (((communism))) gets a good press because

    it was and is fundamentally Jewish,

    and Jews control the press. Naziism

    gets a bad press because it was anti-Jew, and

    Jews control the press.

  10. Jake says:

    Perhaps the most curious part of the willful blindness toward the murder victims of Communism is the fact that while Jews per capita led every Communist movement in Europe, Jews also were destroyed by Communists leaders in large numbers. Very few Jews care to even hint that such a thing might be possible. Even fewer seem willing to allow anyone to state that many Jews were ringleaders of Communist horrors.

    The entire world has a totally skewed sense of what happened in terms of revolutionary movements from the middle of the 19th century right up until now. That cannot be corrected until it is publicly proclaimed that Communism was a total nightmare of endless horrors, and that per capita Jews played indispensable roles in those nightmares. And then we can also talk about the Jews slaughtered by Marxists.

  11. Anon[261] • Disclaimer says:
    @Godfree Roberts

    Yip, you are right. But fascists and anti communist Do not need facts, just assertions. To them all Anti commie assertions, with figures in the millions, must be correct. Why, cos you cant prove the negative, and they dont need to prove any positives Whatsoever in their brainwashed minds.

  12. @Priss Factor

    Great comment PF.
    I would merely add the case of Korea. After the dust settled the South was mainly ruled by those Koreans who had collaborated with the Japanese occupation. The North was ruled by those who had actively fought that occupation. Any consideration of Korea in those years before & during the Korean war would likely find that the South (& its allies) were far more brutal & — to use that nearly useless term — “genocidal” than the North.

  13. Jake says:

    The normal pattern for comments on an Ilana Mercer article is that 3 to 5 people (or maybe names used by 1 actual poster, perhaps paid by the ADL or SPLC) bash her as an arch hypocrite whose father almost single handedly, but also with other Jews and only Jews, turned South Africa into a Hellhole of Negro savage violence. And therefore nobody should pay attention to her.

    So why hasn’t that happened with this article?

    The Left loves to bash and damn and grossly misrepresent, but it also knows that with some topics, its best bet is to ignore and plan to send into the memory hole.

    This topic is absolutely central, and the Left knows and fears it so much it chooses to ignore rather than to try to disrupt with garbage. If Conservative Inc and Mainstream Republicans has a third the brains and balls they assume they have, they would have kept this topic front and center for the last 25 years.

  14. @Jake

    We have been completely betrayed by all of our political leaders for the last 25 years. They really resent that the popular sentiment isn’t globalist so they portray us as morons who live in the countryside playing banjos with our mentally retarded grandchildren.

  15. @Jake

    The Left loves to bash and damn and grossly misrepresent, but it also knows that with some topics, its best bet is to ignore and plan to send into the memory hole.

    Thus the absence of a Jews’ media campaign to vilify

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