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