If you go carrying...
Currently, I'm reading Mao : the untold story / by Jung Chang and John Halliday - which I will review, hopefully, in the August Socialist Standard.
I won't, therefore, go into here, quite what I will say in that review (I wait until I finish books to critique them) - what I will say, though, is that it is forceably reminding me of one thing.
I have for some time lamented the impact the Bolshevik coup had on the workers movement, making socialism harder to explain or propagate - I still experience ubiquitous claims at Hyde Park that we'll (even without wanting to now) end up having to send everyone to Gulags.
But even skimming this slice of history, in conjunction with The Spanish Civil War / Hugh Thomas - it becomes clear what an absolute cancer on humanity emerged from that stroke. While the yanklander frothing at the mouth right may well froth at the mouth, surely, with the experience of Soviet foriegn interventions, there was a clear pattern of the promotion of murder and torture in the world.
This is not to say, though, that socialists or anyone else should have sided with Yankland in the cold war; but that a clear, and explicit repudiation backed by understanding of the monstrosity of the Soviet regime was an is necessary.
Put another way, I believe the left needs a revolution, as the precondition for any genuine advance. Tolerance of the fans of psychopaths and mass murderers is not on. Any acolyte of Mao, or Stalin, or Lenin is an enemy of the working class - pure and simple. The lesson needs to be learnt.
Mao killed more people than Hitler. Mao killed more people than Hitler. Mao killed more people than Hitler. Mao killed more people than Hitler.
Repeat, rinse, and spit.