Most of the crimes of Communism have gone unexamined, due largely to bias among the intelligentsia.
Communist regimes turned mass crime into a full-blown system of government". Death toll totals 94 million, not counting the "excess deaths" (decrease of the population due to lower than-expected birth rates). The breakdown is as follows:
65 million in the People's Republic of China
20 million in the Soviet Union
2 million in Cambodia
2 million in North Korea
1.7 million in Africa
1.5 million in Afghanistan
1 million in the Communist states of Eastern Europe
1 million in Vietnam
150,000 in Latin America
10,000 deaths "resulting from actions of the international Communist movement and Communist parties not in power."(p. 4)
Courtois claims that Communist regimes are responsible for a greater number of deaths than any other political ideal or movement, including Nazism. The statistics of victims includes executions, intentional destruction of population by starvation, and deaths resulting from deportations, physical confinement, or through forced labor.
Historian R.J. Rummell has tallied similar figures in his book Death by Government.
I encourage the viewer to read Nicholas Werth's 15-article section, "A State against Its People: Violence, Repression, and Terror in the Soviet Union"
-Communism in Asia: Between Reeducation and Massacre," in which Jean-Louis Margolin and Pierre Rigoulot examine China.
This video reveals nothing of the horrors perpetrated by Communist regimes from Afghanistan to Cuba and Peru to Ethiopia, Angola and Mozambique.
But similar tyrannies have risen in America. You feel a touch of familiarity.
Controlling the language, the demonization and dehumanization of everyone unpopular with the regime. It was not people the Communists killed. It was "capitalists," "running dogs," "enemies of the people," "saboteurs," "the bourgeoise," or "wreckers." Just as Nazis didn't exterminate Jewish human beings but "maggots," "menaces to society," "parasites" "corrosive influences on Aryan culture" and "masters of the lie." Just as today government and the media do not merely disagree with, but demonize and marginalize "militia nuts," "right-wing extremists," "haters" and "religious fanatics."