Victims of Communism / Socialism Day | Helen Raleigh |

Victims of Communism/Socialism Day | Helen Raleigh |

Helen Raleigh Helen Raleigh

Professor Ilya Somin called to designate May Day as the “Victims of Communism Day.” I wholeheartedly support his idea with only one suggestion–let’s call it the “Victims of Communism/Socialism Day.”

According to Karl Max, socialism is the transition stage to communism. Communist countries such as the former Soviet Union and China under Mao, never claimed that they had achieved Communism. Instead, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and their Communist cadre, committed crimes against humanity, which caused a total of 80-100 million death in the 20th century, under the banner of socialism. It’s also important to remember that the full name of Nazi is National-Socialist German Workers’ Party. Socialism and communism are similar shades of darkness and we need to condemn both of them in the same sentence. In the meantime, we ought to commemorate victims of communism/socialism on the same day.

On this day of commemoration, I’d like to share an excerpt from my book, Confucius Never Said.

In 1966, when Chairman Mao launched his most brutal political campaign: the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Millions of Chinese people’s lives were turned upside down, and this movement, unlike any other of Mao’s political campaigns, hit young people especially hard.

Mao declared “young people should go to the countryside and learn from the poor peasants.” Thus he gave birth to a new movement that came to be known as “Up to the mountains and down to the village.” From 1966 to 1968, nearly all high school students and young adults were forced out of cities. Some were sent to the countryside; many were sent to the most remote and most under-developed areas of China. Over 17 million young people were impacted including my mother’s three younger siblings—Aunt San, Aunt Er, and Uncle Tan.

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