Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Happy May Day

Political power growing from the barrel of a gun, communist style (Source)
        May Day used to be a traditional holiday celebrating spring (e.g., dancing around the Maypole type of thing). However, "[i]n the late 19th century, May Day was chosen as the date for International Workers' Day by the Socialists and Communists of the Second International to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago." Now it is widely associated with communism (thus another example where the left has destroyed our cultural heritage), and so makes a good day to remember what communism has done.

         At an estimated 100,000,000 dead from communism in just the 20th Century, the Wall Street Journal has referred to it as "the greatest catastrophe in human history." The 100 million estimate is generally traced back to the Black Book of Communism which estimated 94 million dead due to communism in the 20th Century. However, there are critics of the book, who have referred to as propaganda because it may have only (only!) been 65 million killed. But I have also seen much higher estimates, and one mid-estimate is 149,469,610. The latter estimate is higher than the Black Book because it includes more communist countries in its count.

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  1. Happy Communist Workers' Day! I first learned about the "holiday" as a college student at the University of Idaho in the early '80s. The morning of May first while walking to class, I noticed that Communist Workers' Day posters were plastered everywhere - somebody (or several somebodies) had worked really hard to put up so many posters. The posters were all gone by noon. I still chuckle to myself when I remember those posters.

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    1. Today, there would probably be a major investigation to identify and punish students that tore down posters.

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