A Century of Murder and Illusion

To mark the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution The New York Times has been running a series called “Red Century.” In the spirit of its Pulitzer-Prize winning Moscow correspondent and uber fellow-traveler in the thirties, Walter Duranty, the articles in the main are an exercise in rehabilitation rather than historical evaluation. Given communism’s historically unprecedented and copiously documented record of slaughter, torture, mass imprisonment, brutal occupation, and utter failure to achieve its workers’ paradise of justice and equality, the question why the Times would attempt to mitigate the evil of a totalitarian ideology that led to 100 million dead cries out for an answer.

  • Alain

    Communism is very attractive to the “elite” who have never lived under it. Those who experienced it first hand know the truth and find these Western supporters and lovers of communism totally deranged.

  • BillyHW

    I think it’s because they’re communists.

  • Tooth&Claw

    I notice the holomodor (starving to death of a people) is not mentioned in the list of Soviet atrocities.

    • Alain

      Lots of things were left out. China, Cuba and any other no better.

  • Communism is an acceptable genocidal dictatorship of the leftist elite.

    This is why leaving them in North Korea is a moral good.

  • I strongly recommend two books by Richard Pipes, The Russian Revolution and Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime. He is an anti-Communist Harvard professor, and a very thorough historian. His son, Daniel Pipes, is well known for his anti-Islam work.