(From The Daily Signal)
The number of war dead pales in comparison with the number of people who lost their lives at the hands of their own governments. The late professor Rudolph J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii documented this tragedy in his book “Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900.” Some of the statistics found in the book have been updated.
The People’s Republic of China tops the list, with 76 million lives lost at the hands of the government from 1949 to 1987. The Soviet Union follows, with 62 million lives lost from 1917 to 1987. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German government killed 21 million people between 1933 and 1945. Then there are lesser murdering regimes, such as Nationalist China, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam, and Mexico.
According to Rummel’s research, the 20th century saw 262 million people’s lives lost at the hands of their own governments…
Still some people think “big government” is a good idea. What has to happen for people to give up their love affair with the state, with state feudalism?
…But what about the greatest murderers in mankind’s history—the Soviet Union’s Josef Stalin and China’s Mao Zedong? Some leftists saw these communists as heroes.
W.E.B. Du Bois, writing in the National Guardian in 1953, said, “Stalin was a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature. … The highest proof of his greatness [was that] he knew the common man, felt his problems, followed his fate.” Walter Duranty called Stalin “the greatest living statesman” and “a quiet, unobtrusive man.”
There was even leftist admiration for Hitler and fellow fascist Benito Mussolini.
When Hitler came to power in January 1933, George Bernard Shaw described him as “a very remarkable man, a very able man.” President Franklin Roosevelt called the fascist Mussolini “admirable,” and said he was “deeply impressed by what he [had] accomplished.”
…In 1972, John Kenneth Galbraith visited Communist China and praised Mao and the Chinese economic system. Michel Oksenberg, President Jimmy Carter’s China expert, complained, “America [is] doomed to decay until radical, even revolutionary, change fundamentally alters the institutions and values.” He urged us to “borrow ideas and solutions” from China…
Galbraith and his control freak brethren love central planning. So what if Mao killed 60 million people? Got to break tens of millions of eggs to make an omelet right?
…Now the question: Why are leftists soft on communism? The reason leftists give communists, the world’s most horrible murderers, a pass is that they sympathize with the chief goal of communism: restricting personal liberty.
In the U.S., the call is for government control over our lives through regulations and taxation. Unfortunately, it matters little whether the Democrats or Republicans have the political power. The march toward greater government control is unabated. It just happens at a quicker pace with Democrats in charge.
Seriously, all you middle of the road Democrats and Republicans should thank your lucky stars for libertarians like Walter Williams, people who stand up for human liberty and fight the insane – and that is an apt term – statist true believers. And though I agree that both the GOP and the Dems have long taken us down the road to statism, I also believe that with technology developing as it has, particularly of late, humans have an opportunity to turn back the control freaks. This is not wishful thinking. Things appear to be lining up in that direction. Statism needs a central command. The world now increasingly works on decentralized models of pretty much everything. The change won’t happen overnight. But it appears, still relatively quietly right now, to be happening.