Sunday, December 26, 2021

Mass murder

On the thirtieth anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and on the 128th anniversary of the birth of Mao Zedong, an important reminder—some things that should not be forgotten.

In the 20th century the selected governments below, within their own countries, quite apart from war, killed their own subjects in massive numbers:
USSR between 1917 and 1987 — 61,911,000
People’s Republic of China between 1949 and 1987 — 35,326,000
Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945 — 20,946,000
Nationalist China between 1928 and 1949 — 10,075,000
169 million in total were killed by the government ruling them in the last century. 37.4 million more were killed in wars — some started by these same regimes. The statistics come from R.J. Rummel's Death by Government published in 1994 (revised in 1997). There has been a lot of killing of people by their own governments since then.
China's leadership, today, honors Mao, and is genocidal.

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