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Visit Catallarchy’s May Day remembrance

Posted by Richard on May 3, 2005

Thanks to Andrew Olmsted, I’ve belatedly visited Catallarchy’s May Day remembrance of the victims of communism. Sixteen essays in all, so I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Some of them are deeply disturbing. Jonathan Wilde’s "Communist Cannibalism" describes widespread cannibalism among people driven mad with hunger in the Soviet Union, Red China, and today in North Korea:

Love towards, and protection of, one’s offspring is perhaps the strongest human drive. Yet, the sheer madness triggered by Mao’s prolonged famine was able to drive parents to their basest survival instincts. The only shred of humanity remaining allowed them to at least trade other parents for their children before murdering and eating them.  

Randal McElroy’s essay on Che Guevara removes any doubt (if you had any) that he was a truly evil man:

No honest consideration of Ernesto “Che” Guevara could leave out his overriding ruthlessness. No humane protester could support his totalitarianism. No peace-loving global citizen could sympathize with his call to worldwide armed revolution. No cognizant young hipster should sport the visage of a man who would have imprisoned him.

I’ll be reading more of these essays as time permits.

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