Ilya Somin has the right idea, and it needs to go viral:
“Today is May Day. Since 2007, I have defended the idea of using this date as an international Victims of Communism Day. I outlined the rationale for this proposal (which is not my original idea) in my very first post on the subject:
May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their [authority]. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined. We appropriately have a Holocaust Memorial Day. It is equally appropriate to commemorate the victims of the twentieth century’s other great totalitarian tyranny. And May Day is the most fitting day to do so….”
As Somin goes on to point out, the comments of various candidates on both sides of the aisle here in America show the need for a regular reminder of exactly what Communism produces. It is an insidious ideology that does its best to ensnare the minds of each new generation with utopian promises that can never be realized in the face of humanity’s fallen spiritual nature. It appeals to our longing for heaven, but results in hell on earth. So yes, let’s have a day each year to put the spotlight on history and remember what past experimentation has produced.
“We should not forget the tens of millions of victims of communism – both for their sake and for our own.”