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Communism Killed Some 100 Million People 

Communism Killed Some 100 Million People 

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On November 17, 1917, a coup d’état in Russia led by Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin opened a dark communist era, marked by fear, death, economic chaos and a complete assault on individual freedoms. Communism was implemented in Russia 100 years ago and spread throughout much of the 20th century to Eastern and Central Europe, China, Vietnam, Cambodi...

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... began in Russia in 1917 and spread throughout Eastern and Central Europe, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, parts of Africa, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Cuba. In all, it is estimated that communism killed around 100 million people (Figure 1), which is four times those killed by Adolf Hitler and more deaths than in World War I and II combined. 2 It is important to note that people died not as a result of wars but of killings from the system itself. The largest number of deaths stemmed from manmade famines that could have been avoided. 3 As David Satter aptly explained in the Wall Street Journal, communism is "the greatest catastrophe in human history." 4 A great deal of attention-and rightly so-has been given to a number of contemporary human tragedies such as World War II, the Holocaust, and the Vietnam War to name a few, yet the magnitude of communism's legacy in terms of human, economic, social, governance, and environmental destruction is not prominently communicated. 5 For example, few know that during 1932-1933 Stalin committed genocide in Ukraine-the Holodomor-that killed between 5-10 million people in this manmade famine. 6 2 | The Dangers of Forgetting the Legacy of Communism • Approximately one in four Americans (26 percent) and one-third of millennials (32 percent) believe more people were killed under George W. Bush than Joseph ...
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... began in Russia in 1917 and spread throughout Eastern and Central Europe, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, parts of Africa, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Cuba. In all, it is estimated that communism killed around 100 million people (Figure 1), which is four times those killed by Adolf Hitler and more deaths than in World War I and II combined. 2 It is important to note that people died not as a result of wars but of killings from the system itself. ...

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