After being thought up by Karl Marx in the 19th century, communism came to the forefront in the early part of the 20th century in Russia. Lenin led a so-called workers revolution (the noble proletariat) who was going to centralize the economy and abolish capitalism in favor of socialism, abolish private property, and replace the thousand plus years of Christianity with godless atheism. What was achieved was a totalitarian state where the State replaced God. And the Party replaced religion. The former Russian territories became the Union of Soviet Socialist States (USSR). The Soviet state absolutely crushed religion, anything associated with the bourgeois rule such as culture, religion, learning, the arts and literature. Everything would be remade in accordance with communist dictates.The practical effect was the total erosion of human rights and personal freedom and liberties. There were problems with the Tsarist rule of Russia, serious problems even. But the solution was not to replace one problem with a system which was exponentially worse.
The Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, killed around 2-3 million people in the Bolshevik revolution and ensuing civil war between 1917-1922. Many priests, bishops, professors, teachers, artists were murdered in cold blood.
Under the leadership of Stalin, who assumed power after Lenin died, tens of millions of people would die. I quote this article:
In his acclaimed book “The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Thirties,” Anglo-American historian Robert Conquest said: “We get a figure of 20 million dead [under Stalin], which is almost certainly too low and might require an increase of 50 percent or so.”
Quotes attributed to Stalin reflected his utter disregard for human life. Among other bons mots, he allegedly declared: “Death is the solution to all problems. No man — no problem,” and “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”
Part of the problem with counting the total loss of life lies with the incompleteness and unreliability of Soviet records. A more troubling dilemma has to do with the fact that many some deaths – like starvation from famines – may or may not have been directly connected to Stalin’s policies.
In any case, if the figure of 60 million dead is accurate that would mean that an average of 2 million were killed during each year of Stalin’s horrific reign – or 40,000 every week (even during “peacetime”).
If the lower estimate of 20 million is the true number, that still translates into 1,830 deaths every single day.
In Communist China, Mao Zedong killed 42-105 million people. 11 million due to the great famine he caused with the collectivization of all farms in China, and over 7-45 million due to the Great Leap Forward. And another 20-30 million deaths due to the decade long Cultural Revolution. A further 27 million died in the Laogai camps.These deaths were largely due to famine, execution, and forced labor, as well as economic and environmental destruction were solely the fault of the Chinese Communist Party. According to this article, 130 million dead in the 20th century due to Communism. Most of these deaths were through government induced famines and associated diseases which accounts for 100 million deaths. Another 30 million died in communist led wars and rebellion such as in Korea and Vietnam. However I found another article which states that:
According to the late Rudolph Rummel, the demographer of government mass murder, estimated the human toll of twentieth-century socialism to be about 61 million in the Soviet Union, 78 million in China, and roughly 200 million worldwide. These victims perished during state-organized famines, collectivization, cultural revolutions, purges, campaigns against “unearned” income, and other devilish experiments in social engineering. In its monstrosity, this terror is unrivaled in the course of human history.
Nearly 2 million died in the Killing Fields of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, the Communists who led the civil war. But there have been other killings by Communist regimes, such as the nearly 2 million killed in China’s continued occupation of Tibet. You can read further figures in the Wikipedia article.
Academics have debated the exact numbers, but new research shows the previous death tolls due to communism in China under Mao were significantly understated and the real totals are much higher. So the 130-200 million dead globally due to Communism is likely more accurate than not.
More people died due to Communism than any other power, ideological system, government, or movement in world history! Yet even today China is still Communist and thanks to a booming economy is flexing its muscles and aims to be a world superpower. It would not be as benevolent as America has been as a superpower. China’s Communist Party seems hellbent on world domination. They’re using their economic might, but in the future that could easily shift to a conventional war whether over Taiwan or North Korea or some other trigger. China is NOT our friend. They have been our enemy and they will continue to be our enemy until the Chinese people manage to finally free themselves from the heavy yoke of Communism!
Today China is a surveillance society, citizens are tracked and their every action, transaction, purchase, achievement quantified and assigned value in the social credit system. It is George Orwell’s prophetic book 1984 come to life in all its sinister evil!
Further I should note that these death figures for China did not take take into account the forced abortions. According to this article, in the past 50 years alone there have been a staggering 336 million forced abortions in China. There were also during that time period 222 million forced sterilizations in China. So the true death total due to Communism could easily top half a billion lives! This Communist regime in China is utterly Satanic and we should do everything we can to oppose this great evil.
It disgusts me that our Western countries trade heavily with China when we should be imposing economic sanctions on them for crimes against humanity! And for the 2nd time in the past 13 years China will be hosting the Olympics! The US boycotted the Olympics when it was held in the Soviet Union, yet our politicians and business leaders cowtow to China’s bloody regime all for the money they make!! The Chinese Communist Party heavily persecutes Christians in China to this day. We need to demand our leaders change how they deal with China. This must be organized at European Union, US, Canada, and NATO levels. I honestly don’t think anything will change until China is in a war with us. They’re already waging an effective cyber-war against us!
I feel compelled to also mention the fact that recent polling shows over half of Millennials in America have a positive view of Communism, and are totally ignorant of its bloody history! This is a result of our Leftist public schools indoctrinating students. This is utterly un-American and should be opposed in the strongest possible terms. Democrats in America now have repackaged socialism calling it the innocuous sounding “democratic socialism”. But it’s the same sinister path to a Communist takeover of America! Here is an eye opening article on 15 ways America has succumbed to Communism. We must take bold action now before it’s too late. As President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
I have seen the rise of fascism and communism. Both philosophies glorify the arbitrary power of the state… But both theories fail. Both deny those God-given liberties that are the inalienable right of each person on this planet, indeed, they deny the existence of God. — President Ronald Reagan
I agree with President Reagan. Communism fell in Russia and if we all work hard it would fail in China as well. As China continues to rape, murder, imprison, beat and oppress Christians it will come under God’s Wrath! MARANATHA!
Here is a wonderful and insightful 2 hour documentary on the horrors of Communism.