"Excused Horrors"

by Jason Stotts

Back in November, Walter Williams wrote a piece called “Excused Horrors” that I meant to blog about, but it somehow got lost in the shuffle. ¬†However, it was good enough that I still think people should take a look at it and think about Williams’s point.

Nazis were responsible for the deaths of 20 million of their own people and those in nations they conquered.

Between 1917 and 1983, Stalin and his successors murdered, or were otherwise responsible for the deaths of, 62 million of their own people. Between 1949 and 1987, Mao Tsetung and his successors were responsible for the deaths of 76 million Chinese.

[…]¬†the reason why the world’s leftists give the world’s most horrible murderers a pass is because they sympathize with their socioeconomic goals, which include government ownership and/or control over the means of production. In the U.S., the call is for government control, through regulations, as opposed to ownership. Unfortunately, it matters little whether there is a Democratically or Republican-controlled Congress and White House; the march toward greater government control continues. It just happens at a quicker pace with Democrats in charge.

I’d like to point out that 138 million is almost seven times more deaths than the NAZI’s (National Socialists).

2 Responses to “"Excused Horrors"”

  1. Francis Luong (Franco)

    Don't forget the "our gang would have done it differently" rationalization. Many people think that the mass murders were not part of the ideology but were acts of tyrants that were not acting in full accord with their stated ideals.

  2. Jason


    Good point, that's the first one they usually trot out: the ideals are good, but the people trying to implement them were bad. It turns out that altruism is evil and anti-human and systems based upon it, like socialism, are evil as well.