There was a great Marxist named Lenin
Who did two or three million men in.
—That’s a lot to have done in,
But where he did one in
That grand Marxist Stalin did ten in.
-- Robert Conquest
It may be easy for us to forget that many, many people in the West vociferously denied that the Soviet communists were evil, denied that they were murdering millions of people, denied that they were deliberately starving their own people by the tens of millions.
They denied that there were Soviet spies in the U.S. Government. They denied that Alger Hiss was among them. They denied that leading leftist intellectuals, such as Izzy Stone, were Soviet agents. They denied that the Soviets meant it when they threatened to bury us.
They felt that America should be more like the Soviet Union. For what we now call social justice, and for brotherhood, and for freedom.
Today, there's a different kind of denial going on: of lawless demagoguery leading to greater tyranny, of jealousy leading to hatred, of centralizing power leading to centralized corruption, of the self-perpetuating and unhuman natures of the bloated bureacracies that dominate our bodies, wills, and minds. For social justice, and for non-gender-specific siblinghood, and for freedom.
May we outlive the latest insanity.
Thank you and fare well, Robert Conquest.