May Day 2005: A Day Of Remembrance

The modern celebration of May Day began as a working class holiday in the late 19th century. It was the culmination of a struggle of the common man for better working conditions and a demand for greater dignity. In the 20th century, various governments gave their official endorsement to the holiday with celebrations consisting of displays of military and political might. With trumpets blaring, tanks rolled through public squares and square-jawed soldiers marched in lockstep, saluting flags while the Premier reveled in the exhibition of power.

Such parades were largely a facade that hid a harsh underlying reality. While the regimes played up an image of strength and vigor to the outside world, the societies they ruled over were decaying on the inside. And the same power on display in the parades was used in carte blanche fashion to create terror, repression, brutality, and crimes against humanity. The unfortunate irony is that the common man bore the brunt of the hardship. The victims of these totalitarian states were privy to human nature at its darkest depths.

The story of their struggle has not yet been told in all its starkness.

Today, we at Catallarchy try to tell a small part of their story.



The Red Plague by guest blogger Professor R. J. Rummel

Growing Poverty: The Hidden History of Stalin's Industrialization by guest blogger Professor Bryan Caplan

An October Revolution Worth Honoring by guest blogger Nicholas Weininger

Kolyma: Land Of The White Death by Jonathan Wilde

China’s Lost Culture by Rainbough Phillips

Three Economic Arguments Against Centrally-Planned Economies
by Randall McElroy

Gulag Interrogation by Jonathan Wilde

Torture and Tyranny: The Real Che by Randall McElroy

The Teacher Holocaust by Rainbough Phillips

Walter Duranty: Stalin’s Western Apologist by Jonathan Wilde

Away From Thebes by Scott Scheule

Power + Dehumanization = Tragedy by Patri Friedman

Why Such Death? by Scott Scheule

Communist Cannibalism by Jonathan Wilde

Salvador Allende - The Herald Of Pinochet by Brian Doss

Remembrance
by Jonathan Wilde

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Remember the Victims of

Remember the Victims of Communism
This is a long list of articles detailing the hundred million plus victims of Communism.

Somber and recommended reading.

The Price of

The Price of Collectivism
Catallarchy uses the occasion of May Day to assemble an impressive collection of essays (start here and keep going down; it's a big collection) addressing the hideous costs imposed by communism since its inception. It is easy to forget, more...

A May Day followup By way of

A May Day followup
By way of Elf Sternberg, who it seems, is not happy about his religious holiday being hijacked by murderous Communists, comes three posts by Catallarchy:

...a series of articles to remember those who have died at the hands of communists and co...

Remembering the Horrors of

Remembering the Horrors of Communism on May Day
Remembering the Horrors of Communism on May Day

May Day Catallarchy has a

May Day
Catallarchy has a nice roundup of essays commemorating the awful consequences of socialism in the 20th century....

Some of the public's (in the

Some of the public's (in the US and beyond) high regard for collectivization is seen in their desire to increase the authority and jusrisdiction of the UN, the Hague and, regionally, in the EU. Whether it is aggregating power within a country as the Soviets did or among countries as in the EU or world-wide in the UN, this abiding faith that collectively the group will agree in a peaceful and effective way is a false credo that we all have to fight. Thanks for some very interesting posts that illustrate the inevitable "Road to Serfdom" we face.

I discussed some of this in my blog in The UN Has Stopped World Wars? 4/7/05 and The Whimper Of Our Dis-Continent on 4/30/05.

Tom, that's not accurate.

Tom, that's not accurate. For example voluntary socialism, where workers simply own the means of production and that's that, is completely compatible with a market anarchist scenario. a mutualist soceity of sorts. In fact the original concept of socialism had nothing to do with the state at all.

Some of the public's (in the

Some of the public's (in the US and beyond) high regard for collectivization is seen in their desire to increase the authority and jusrisdiction of the UN, the Hague and, regionally, in the EU. Whether it is aggregating power within a country as the Soviets did or among countries as in the EU or world-wide in the UN, this abiding faith that collectively the group will agree in a peaceful and effective way is a false credo that we all have to fight. Thanks for some very interesting posts that illustrate the inevitable "Road to Serfdom" we face.

I discussed some of this in my blog in The UN Has Stopped World Wars? 4/7/05 and The Whimper Of Our Dis-Continent on 4/30/05.

Read ASAP The victims of

Read ASAP
The victims of Communism deserve your attention.

A horror that was

A horror that was communism
Catallarchy has a very good series of post on horrors of communism. If only MSM had highlighted this as much as horrors of Nazi and other tyrants! Instead, publications like New York Times were busy whitewashing the crimes:There is no

A Day of

A Day of Remembrance
They’ve compiled a list of articles describing the horrors and decay that socialism and communism bring to a society.

Think about it the next time someone tries to claim that socialism is the true human ideal.

Celebrate May Day

Celebrate May Day (Belatedly)
Via Volokh, we learn that Catallarchy celebrated May Day by remembering the over 110 million people killed by communist governments in the twentieth century.

I just want to say

I just want to say thanks.

There's little more fitting to the Anarchist tradition of May Day that a remembrance of all those bastard communists who've tried to steal our holiday.

I had the pleasure of

I had the pleasure of walking into the middle of the 'protest' here in South Korea. Che shirts abound, as did the trendy pink disasters of the local Marxist student union. What I found really interesting was that the crowd was very young (17-23?), less the hairy 60's looking fellows who were directing the gathering. It reminded me of the "Jam the WTO" days at my university...

In Memoriam Today is the

In Memoriam
Today is the celebration of May Day, once a workers holiday celebrating the dignity and power of labor. This celebration was distorted and demeaned by communist leaders who used it as an excuse to display their military might instead. The excellent blo...

Perfect. I salute you all.

Perfect. I salute you all.

Thank you guys.

Thank you guys.

May Day 2005 The excellent

May Day 2005
The excellent guys at Catallarchy are hosting their second annual May Day Remembrance blog-symposium. Here's the intro:
The modern celebration of May Day began as a working class holiday in the late 19th century. It was the culmination of a struggle ...

Great stuff, thanks for

Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

Next year we MUST hold

Next year we MUST hold "International Triumph of Capitalism Day".

Clothing: Jeans
Food: KFC
Drink: Starbucks Coffee
Location: Outside the nearest bank.

:idea::lol:

Happy May Day... If you're

Happy May Day...
If you're celebrating today, then you should at least know what it is you're celebrating. Catallarchy has an excellent series of posts: "May Day 2005: A Day Of Remembrance." There are people out there who really need to read this.

Scott All variants of

Scott

All variants of socialism accept the premise that Man not only can, but must, survive under the threat of coercion. Whether this coercion takes place under a volkswirtschaft regimentation or Stalinist regimentation does not change that fact. Nor does it change the universal impossibility of economic calculation under any form of non-market economy.

Mayday: remember the victims

Mayday: remember the victims of communism
Mayday blogburst: remember the victims of communism. Via Catallarchy.

Earlier today I posted a link to Mises' arguments on the impossibility of economic calculation under socialism.

May Day Today being May Day,

May Day
Today being May Day, Catallarchy is running May Day 2005, a Day of Remembrance, a compendium of posts regarding the stark cost of Communism as measured in human, financial, and cultural capital over the last century.

In the immortal words of this t...

Marxist Murderers May Day,

Marxist Murderers
May Day, the first of May, was traditionally celebrated by many communists as their day of celebration for communist victory around the world. Today being May 1, what better than to

Scott, The reason why

Scott,
The reason why Socialism and Nazism are cousins is because both believe, in direct opposition to traditional (Classical) British/American Liberalism, that an individual's ultimate responsibility is to the state, not to their own person and their family. Tom is correct in asserting that in practice there is little difference between Marxist beliefs and Fascist beliefs. Both abhorr capitalism and the concept of individual rights (as opposed to collective or social rights). To put it in simpler terms, the Nazi's denied individual rights to the "Untermensch" i.e. Jews, Slavs, gypsies, blacks, while the Soviet Union acted similarly to the bourgeoisie and the Kulaks (small landowning farmers). To declare that one's rights as an individual are null and void because of race or class is anathema to Classical Liberalism, but part and parcel to all forms of Socialism, be it Marxist, Nazi, Maoist, Leninist or Fascist.

in all fairness, i think

in all fairness, i think calling the nazis socialists because they had socialist in their name is as silly as calling north korea a democracy because it's called the DPRK.

there are different types of socialism, so i think the socialism=communism=nazism type of a connection is a bit off.

Tom, _All variants of

Tom,

_All variants of socialism accept the premise that Man not only can, but must, survive under the threat of coercion._

All variants of everything other than anarcho-capitalism accept "the premise that Man not only can, but must, survive under the threat of coercion." Governments coerce people. That's what they're for. Your argument seems to imply that anyone who accepts that premise is thus a socialist.

That's fair enough if you're up front about the definition. But it does then seem to broaden the term 'socialist' beyond usefulness. Indeed, you probably turn minarchists and polycentrists into socialists on your reading. I think, though, that it makes more sense to think of socialism as an _economic_ policy rather than as an overarching political philosophy. Sure if one is a socialist, then one has to accept certain political priniciples. But it doesn't then follow that everyone who adopts those political principles is also a socialist.

I think that quick version of the point would read something like: all socialist governments coerce people but not every government that coerces its citizens is socialist.

Anne Applebaum's Gulag, a

Anne Applebaum's Gulag, a History, among recent offerings, and other studies certainly, can be highly recommended.

May Day Please go visist

May Day
Please go visist Catallarchy's "May Day 2005: A Day of Remembrance" and reflect on the horror that is socialism with power, and the unseen cost of the 100 million souls lost in the obscene quest to remake mankind....

May Day There is a great

May Day
There is a great post on May Day over at Catallarchy. When I get some free time I'll definitely be going through all the posts they link to. The few I read were excellent....

May Day Remembrance For

May Day Remembrance
For those of you who may be on the fence regarding communism/socialism, and those of you who have already seen the light but would like facts to point out to your misdirected friends and family, Catallarchy has its second annual May Day Remembrance pos...

Reading Catallarchy is

Reading
Catallarchy is again commemorating May Day with a series of posts concerning the past century of destruction by socialism. It's not to be missed....

Wonderful. Thank you.

Wonderful. Thank you.

Belated May Day

Belated May Day acknowledgment
With May Day having come and gone, let us not forget the death toll of the other major totalitarian belief system of the last century, Communism.

Excellent stuff -- thank you

Excellent stuff -- thank you for keeping this "holiday's" roots firmly in focus. I linked to you in my belated May Day post.

Remember Catallarchy:...

Remember
Catallarchy:... parades were largely a facade that hid a harsh underlying reality. While the regimes played up an image of

I can't comment on the

I can't comment on the accuracy of all of "Bill Gates's" figures, but he's completely and utterly full of shit with his estimate of a death toll at Dresden of 130,000 to 500,000. The true toll was around between 25,000 and 40,000, which was bad enough. I've blogged on the topic of Dresden and exaggerated casualty counts before.

"bill gates" is just cutting

"bill gates" is just cutting and pasting a list from chomsky & zinn's zmag. The basic premise among the people who compiled that list is that Communism wasn't worth fighting. Hence the deaths in Vietnam and Cambodia are all laid at the feet of the US, rather than North Vietnam/USSR/PRC. Hence the ludicrous reference to the dead of Germany and Japan after they had declared war on the USA. Hence finally the laughable count for the "American genocide" of 90 million people, given that smallpox killed most of the American Indians.

It's also supposed to be a *bad thing* that we intervened in Greece/Chile/El Salvador/etc. I guess we should have just let the USSR funded Communists take over in Greece, for example. They did such a great job in Eastern Europe, after all...and who cares if Greece's standard of living is more than 10x better than the Ukraine next door? Communism was "their decision" after all, even if the USSR was forcing it on them at gunpoint...

Basically, people like "bill gates" have no idea how many people died under Communism, no inkling of the gratitude that the South Koreans/Greece/Chileans/Taiwanese/etc. have towards the US, and no idea that the USSR funded insurgencies in every one of the Cold War era countries on his list.

Capitalism never hurt

Capitalism never hurt nobody!

A quick list of estimated civilian deaths in due to direct & indirect US action...
Afghanistan(Anti-Soviet support): 1,000,000 (also gave birth to Taliban & Al Qaeda network)
Afghanistan(Operation Enduring Freedom): 24,000
Iraq(Desert Storm): 200,000
Iraq(DU poisoning & sanctions): 1,000,000 - 2,000,000
Iraq(Operation Iraqi Freedom): 25,000
Columbia: 67,000
Guatemala: 200,000
El Salvador: 75,000
East Timor: 250,000
Somalia: 10,000
Nicaragua: 13,000
Grenada: 500
Greece(us supported 1967 coup): 10,000
Chile: 6,000
Vietnam: 2,500,000 – 3,500,000
Cambodia: 1,000,000 – 2,000,000
Laos: 500,000
Indonesia: 500,000 – 1,000,000
Korea: 1,000,000 – 3,000,000
Japan(Hiroshima & Nagasaki): 150,000(instantly)
Germany (Dresden): 130,000 to 500,000
The Philippines: 200,000
Genocide of American & African native peoples by American settlers (continued by US Government after the American Revolution, 1607 - 1890): 90,000,000

May Day Remembrance May Day,

May Day Remembrance
May Day, May first, coincidentally my brother's birthday, is also Labor Day for the European Left. However, May Day was also the time when the alleged Worker's Revolution states would parade around a bunch of tanks in front of their...

Daily linklets 6th May

Daily linklets 6th May
Asian blogging is profiled in a San Francisco newspaper article. The conclusion:Yet few bloggers pretend to represent the region, because few bloggers seem to be consciously trying to write "Asian" blogs. Instead, each blogger writes about his or he...

Their basic premise is that

Their basic premise is that communism wasn't worth fighting? Reality Check, you need the reality check. I think their basic argument is that we weren't really fighting communism and that after you strip away all the rhetoric, most of those conflicts were imperialist in nature. Cambodia, I think should definitely be laid at our feet. How many tons of bombs did we drop there indiscriminately? And I don't know of many credible historians that would suggest that the North Vietnamese were communist. They might have gotten help from China b/c they had been under constant attack for decades, but that doesn't mean they were communist?
It's "ludricous" to criticize our excessive bombings in Germany and Japan? Here's a suggestion: why don't you read Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, he was there. Or Zinn, who did some of the bomb dropping, much of which was simply punitive (as in the war was already over).
Do you seriously believe that it was the Russians that persuaded all of those peasants in South America to rise up? Don't you think the economic injustice dealt them by a wealthy elite may have had something to do with it as well? Yes, maybe their solution to the problem was just as backwards, but your argument is infantile.

History Carnival #8 Even

History Carnival #8
Even though we can debate what happened in Yalta and whether it was a good or bad thing, we can't deny countless people lost their lives to socialist purges. Callarchy pays tributes to them in May Day: A Remembrance.

In fact, could I point out

In fact, could I point out in your latest post that ...

"Tyler Cowen explains how even the bureaucracy with the best of intentions is corrupted."

Ask yourself why ?

I hate to spoil the party,

I hate to spoil the party, but aren't we confusing correlation with causality - who says socialism is / was the cause of tyranny.

Labor Day: What are you

Labor Day: What are you celebrating?
Labor Day is just a day off of work to drink beer.