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6 Great Marxist-Inspired Economic and Environmental Disasters

Whenever I saw an Antifa protest or Bernie Sanders rally I just shook my head in utter disbelief. How can so many young Americans be so totally fooled by socialism? How can the idea of greater government control over the economy and virtually every other aspect of our lives be appealing to people who supposedly are for more personal freedom?

Then it dawned on me. The truth about socialism and its more virulent brand, Marxism, simply is not taught in our public schools and universities. I would bet it is not known or taught in many families either. So, without further ado, here are six "great" economic and environmental disasters brought to you by the Marxists.

1. The Destruction of the Aral Sea.

The Aral Sea in the former Soviet Union was once the fourth largest freshwater inland sea in the world. Back in the 1930s the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin wanted more cotton for his troops (military always comes first with Marxists) so he had the area around the Aral Sea over-irrigated in order to grow cotton there.

Basically the water was drained out. The soil was depleted by the cotton plants, and an overuse of pesticides and weapons testing further destroyed the environment. Here is an excellent little video from the BBC showing what happened next. Just compare photos of the vastness of the Aral Sea in 1970 with today.

Socialists are so in love with the environment. Except when they are Marxists, apparently.

2. Famines in the Soviet Union, China, and North Korea.

Because of Stalin's collectivization in the late 1920s, coupled with his executions and deportations of farmers who opposed having their lands stolen by the government, food production declined severely. The great famine throughout the Soviet Union in 1932-33 was the culmination of years of poor centrally planned agriculture.

Some 4 million Ukrainians and 2 million Kazakhs starved to death. (And Ukraine was considered the bread basket of Russia for centuries.)

It is interesting to note that there has not been famine or massive starvation in America for the past 400 years (since the days of the Pilgrims). Why is that? Because of all our collectivist communes, right? Or is it probably because most people have had the freedom to own their own property and sell whatever they want to whomever they chose? But whenever we see nations abandon free enterprise (as the Soviet Union and others did), we see famine and massive starvation.

We saw this in China during Mao Zedong's genius "Great Leap Forward" in 1958. As a result of the collectivization of agriculture and the state planning everything, agriculture in China was hit hard. People were shot or imprisoned if they did not give up their farms "for the greater good of the collective." Since so many were being beaten, terrorized, and tortured to work on communes, food production understandably went down. Not hard to figure out, is it?