The Tally

Although exact figures are difficult to find, The Black Book of Communism estimates the following as the number of deaths caused by regimes headed by followers of Marxism.

| USSR[1] | 20 million |
| China | 65 million |
| Vietnam | 1 million |
| North Korea | 2 million |
| Cambodia | 2 million |
| Eastern Europe | 1 million |
| Latin America | 150,000 |
| Africa | 1.7 million |
| Afghanistan | 1.5 million |
| Other | 10,000 |
| Total | ~100 million |

It would take a thorough historical study to provide proper respect to all those who fell victim. We only scratch the surface on this May Day with our efforts, hoping to do our small part to highlight the too-often overlooked tragedies of Marxist genocide.


fn1. Other estimates are as high as twice that figure given in the Black Book. For example, some estimates for deaths carried out by the USSR are much higher.

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I'm suprised so few people

I'm suprised so few people have died from Marxism in Latin America, is that a conservative estimate?

The Latin America figure is

The Latin America figure is very conservative; alone, the smallest Latin American country, El Salvador, had this to pay directly as a consequence of Marxist revolutions:

1931: 20,000 dead (low est 8,000 / hi est 32,000)
source: http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/warstat5.htm

1979?1992: 70,000 dead (hi est, but referential nonetheless)
source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/country_profiles/1220684.stm

Add to this the shortened life expectation of millions of Salvadoreans during the last 80 years, caused by the poverty and injustice created as successive governments adopted elements of the Marxist/Socialist agenda, including statism, high marginal taxes and unchecked labor union power. Poverty causes shortened lifespans.

The negative economic impact of Socialist ideas is not to be dismissed: recall how Friedman in Free to Choose made clear that, even in the U.S., by now the entire manifesto of the 1920s US Communist party has been adopted. Across Latin America, we have implemented much more than limited 1920s agenda.

The Black Book of Communism

The Black Book of Communism does estimate relatively conservatively -- it takes a death directly and reasonably maliciously caused by regime policies to count; in other words, sytematic starvation in Cambodia or the Ukraine count, but deaths caused by underdevlopment wouldn't (I'm going on memory - I read it at least 18 months ago).

So, since there have been only the Cubans and the Nicarauguans who have been "real" communists, most of the deaths in Latin America don't exactly count.

Still, 150,000 seems pretty low.

Soljhenitsyn estimated the

Soljhenitsyn estimated the deaths caused by the communist regime in the USSR at 60 million.

All of these numbers are

All of these numbers are small when one considers that the total tally of lost lives, lost production, and waste that was a direct cause of communism and the West's efforts to keep it in check. No one will ever be able to calculate how many people lost their lives and livlihood from the mismanagement of the various economies by the statists. No one will ever really know how much better off the human race would be if all the energy that went into the cold war (on both sides) had been available for economic advancement and technological acheivement. Think of all the missed growth opportunities, all the wasted resources. Just think what the planet would be like if freedom had covered the globe from 1945 on rather than having half of the Earth squander its wealth on the imposition of totalitarian regimes, the murder of dissidents, and general repression, while the other half was forced to build a counter-vailing arsenal.

Were it not for the Cold War, we would never had allowed dictatorships to flourish among our "allies" and today there would be no War on Terror.

I would think that the low

I would think that the low numbers for Latin America stem from the Black Book's tally only of deaths caused by regimes. Since the only two regimes in Latin America that could rightly be called Marxist were Cuba and Nicaragua that would account for some of the low-balling. (I leave aside the Allende episode in Chile as they weren't in power long enough to get anyone but themselves killed).

Also, Cuba hasn't exactly been an open book for researchers to delve into. I suspect that once the Castro regime and whatever may follow it are replaced by a more open government the tally may need to be revisited.

That being said, if you added all of the people killed by Marxist insurgents in Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and elsewhere in Latin America, you would probably quickly surpass 150,000. You would also have to then go back and include all of the deaths attributed to the Red Brigades, Baader-Meinhof, etc. throughout the old Western Europe.

I can't read the numbers

I can't read the numbers unless I highlight them. They are nearly black on black. I can just see them if I lean forward and squint. Otherwise, all I see is a "1" which seems a bit on the low side.

See the reasons Hitler & Co

See the reasons Hitler & Co are evil and Stalin isn't is that Stalin meant well!

Or so I was told at university.

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If you include the deaths

If you include the deaths caused by the second world war (as a technicality) and take the highest estimated toll of stalins regime and place the deaths to russian soldiers with that then the toll could be as high as 80million.