Those Serious Communists

by Jonah Goldberg

I’ve been traveling so I haven’t had a chance to chime in on the NYT cutesy-wutsey story about Communists meeting in NYC.

If this isn’t the perfect illustration of the free pass Communism gets from liberal elites I can’t think of a recent better one. Just for the record, Communists killed more people than Nazis by a factor of 10 at least. Their rule lasted longer, enslaving more people, than the short-lived Third Reich. Moreover, unlike the German people who have repented and apologized quite a lot for their crimes, very few of the nations that have committed mass slaughter in the name of Marx have showed anywhere near the same contrition. Meanwhile the Times covers this group of self-indulgent Communists as if they’re somehow noble-but-eccentric. Can you imagine the Times covering a meeting of Nazis like this? Of course not, and I wouldn’t want them to. But Communists, well, why make a fuss? They are absolved from their history because they’re so well-intentioned. Yeah, it’s funny. But when you think about it’s also disgusting.

Michael Moynihan is on the same page.

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