Sunday, May 1, 2011

Communism Makes Me Sick

May Day 2011: I got a splitting headache this morning, and made it mostly go away by sleeping through church (in bed, not in church) this evening after dropping four pills. It's coming back; time for more pills and sleep. But that's small potatoes. May Day just took on a new meaning for me, and I hope it will for you also.

To celebrate May 1st Instapundit refers us to Prof. Volokh's idea: Steal their day. So this is my first-annual observance of Victims of Communism Day.

Communism kills: 100,000,000 dead innocents can't be wrong!

Volokh explains:
May Day began as a holiday for socialists and labor union activists, not just communists. But over time, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their regimes. I suggest that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100 million dead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined. We appropriately have a Holocaust Memorial Day. It is equally appropriate to commemorate the victims of the twentieth century’s other great totalitarian tyranny. And May Day is the most fitting day to do so. I suggest that May Day be turned into Victims of Communism Day....

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