Monday's HOT MIC
Want to read something moving today? Of course you do.
A. Barton Hinkle has today's must-read piece:
"Let there be floods of blood," declared Krasnaia gazeta, the official newspaper of the Red Army in 1918. From the enemies of the revolution, there should be "more blood, as much as possible."
A few months before, the Bolsheviks had seized power from the provisional government that had been installed in the final days of Russia's Romanov dynasty. The revolution ushered in what would become a century of ghastly sadism.
The world will mark the 100th anniversary of that revolution this November 7. Yet while the Soviet Union is no more and communism has been discredited in most eyes for many years, it is hard even now to grasp the sheer scale of agony imposed by the brutal ideology of collectivism.
Few now dare question the degree of human misery that communism inflicted. Yet there were many, during its height, who fell victim to what Solzhenitsyn called "the desire not to know." They either refused to acknowledge the facts staring them in the face, or actively tried to cover them over with lies.
Nazism, the most virulent and murderous form of Fascism, lasted only a dozen years -- and Fascism is generally considered to be a fully discredited ideology. Communist governments have lasted for longer and have killed many more tens of millions -- and Communism is generally considered still to be an admirable goal by various political, educational, and entertainment leaders here and around the world.