[September 10, 2019] Karl Marx knew what he was talking about when he said, “There is a specter haunting Europe, the specter of Communism.” Fortunately for European leaders, they discovered the Ukrainian Holodomor. During the 1932-33 Holodomor, 7-10 million Ukrainians died of starvation in a catastrophe nearly unprecedented in the history of humankind.
Surpassed only by the Great Chinese Famine of 1959-61 (where policies of the Communist Chinese government killed an estimated 15-20 million people) can the Holodomor be held up as just another symbol of the horrible end-product of Marxism. Marxism, in its many forms, is very attractive; like a trip through the Garden of Eden where everyone is happy and there is no violence, death, or chaos.
Western values themselves may be part of the explanation of why Marxist ideology is making a comeback. A New York Post article by Maureen Callahan titled “Americans have become children: demanding, dependent, and needy”1 touch on this very idea. She calls it the “death of adulthood” but her warning comes at a pivotal time for Americans and Westerners who are hooked on anti-depressants, cartoons, computer games, and roller-coasters.
We don’t know about the deaths from 20th century Marxism; we don’t even study it or learn from it. By this, I mean most young people don’t have the intellectual tools to reject this beautifully constructed theory that has failed every time it has been tried. The Holodomor is just one example but an important one. That is why I’m bringing this to the attention of my readers. Odds are, no one reading my webpage today ever heard of the Holodomor.
Evidence of the destruction of Stalin’s Communist policies is now available. Hidden for decades by the Soviets, it took many years for the truth to come out. One example is below and applies to what starvation can do to a human being:
“Survival was a moral as well as a physical struggle. A woman doctor wrote to a friend in June 1933 that she had not yet become a cannibal, but was “not sure that I shall not be one by the time my letter reaches you.” The good people died first. Those who refused to steal or to prostitute themselves died. Those who gave food to others died. Those who refused to eat corpses died. Those who refused to kill their fellow man died. Parents who resisted cannibalism died before their children did.” – Timothy Snyder in Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, 2010.
If you are a leader, it is morally incumbent upon you to have an understanding of horrors like the Holodomor. Only by having this information can you resist the soft arguments of Marxism.