For over two centuries, to the Revolutions of 1848, to the Bolshevik Revolution, and to Bernie Sanders’ failed presidential bid of 2016 against a rigged Democratic primary. Many millennials have a favorable opinion of Communism and believe Capitalism is what is wrong with America. But in reality, it is a failed ideology that is oppressive to its people that it is governing. Here are many reasons why it is a failed and oppressive ideology:
1. Communism has a horrible affect on the economy:
Before it became Russia again, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was transformed in 1922 establishing a means of the government to control literally everything. Meaning that materials, means of work, machinery, and tools could not be traded in the market either within the country or outside of it. They could not also be sold or purchased proving to cause no competition to produce means of unequal amounts of wealth or income along with employment.
2. Communist controlled governments commit atrocities:
According to The Black Book of Communism, this dangerous ideology has caused the murder of approximately ninety four point four million people; including innocent women and children, internationally in several countries such as the U.S.S.R, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and North Korea. One example would be S-21 (Tuol Sleng) in Cambodia. Originally the high school turned into an interrogation and torture camp, twelve thousand people were held there to be tortured for information; including false information as well, and only fifteen people survived. Pol Pot would exterminate about a quarter of Cambodia’s population during his four years of lurid rule.
Surprisingly, many millennials believe President George W. Bush killed more people than Stalin. However, the regime of Joseph Stalin committed ten million more murders than the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. Surprisingly, Communist Dictator Mao Zedong murdered twenty more million people than that of Stalin.
3. Unlike Capitalism, Communism fosters famines:
During the Great Chinese Famine of four years; in which the country was under rule of Mao Zedong, nearly thirty million people perished and some historians were claiming that it was up to forty five million. The Chinese government began to cover the disaster by confiscating hundreds of letters of request for relief. They were also creating forms of propaganda to cover it up. The Great Russian Famine that lasted from 1921-1922 resulted in the deaths of five million Russians and all due to Vladimir Lenin being very skeptical and not willing to cooperate with American Relief programs headed by Herbert Hoover. Like the Chinese, the Russians would turn to grisly methods such as cannibalism and eating their own pets. Whereas, Capitalism has lifted many out of poverty and stopped hunger.
4. Communism is not tolerant of religion:
After the Bolshevik Revolution, the U.S.S.R began to persecute people of faith, prosecute clergymen, and destroyed places of worship. Any person of faith became discriminated upon; including Christians, Jews, Muslims, and many more. Vladimir Lenin described religion to be “an abomination”, while Mao Zedong said that it was “poison”. Today, Christians are still being discriminated for their beliefs in China and North Korea.
Surprisingly, many youth and millennials supported Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and his Marxist agenda throughout the Democratic primaries during the 2016 Presidential Election. Bernie had denounced Capitalism during his bid and bashed “Wall Street” and praised the Bolshevik Revolution. He also had connections to the United Packinghouse Workers Union during the 1960’s; which was under investigation by the Committee of Un-American Activities. Senator Sanders also created a documentary praising Socialist Eugene Debs; whom advocated the Communist Party and the Bolshevik Revolution. Today, Bernie hangs a portrait of Debs in his Senate office. Yet, many Millennials are not aware of the dangers of the ideology: Communism.