February 14, 2014

The Banality of Soviet Evil

Jonah Goldberg, National Review

The Associated Press

In America, we constantly, almost obsessively, wrestle with the “legacy of slavery.” That speaks well of us. But what does it say that so few care that the Soviet Union was built — literally — on the legacy of slavery? The founding fathers of the Russian Revolution — Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky — started “small,” merely throwing hundreds of thousands of people into kontslagerya (concentration camps).

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TAGGED: Communism, Soviet Union, Sochi Olympics, Russia


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