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This year, and practically this month, marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution that propelled socialism to power and cemented its grim reign over the Russian people and, ultimately, a significant fraction of the globe.
So here’s a question you might pose to your favorite Bernie supporter or “Antifa” sympathizer: “Practically speaking, what is the difference between fascists and socialists?”
The most obvious answer that comes to my mind is that the socialists killed far, far more people — scores of millions more — than the fascists ever did.
Just for perspective, some 20th-century body counts. (I’m always surprised how many educated people don’t know the sorry story of 20th-century experimentation with collectivism.)
- Nazis: 48,000,000
- Soviet Socialists: 58,000,000
- Chinese Communists: 73,000,000
Now throw in another 15,000,000 or so for all the “little” socialist tragedies, like Cambodia and Cuba and Ethiopia and Korea and Vietnam.
So that’s: Fascists 48,000,000; Socialists 145,000,000. Give or take.
Thank you, Mr. Marx, for what is undoubtedly the single worst idea in history.