Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Andrzej Caruk: "Communism is not just a threat from the past."
As a Polish-Canadian immigrant I am well aware of communism’s fiercely atheistic and bigoted ideology, along with its brutal consequences. In view of our increasingly dangerous world, there is an urgent need now for a physical reminder of the reality of living (in the past or present) under such a totalitarian ideology as communism, founded by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and further disseminated like a deadly epidemic by Vladimir Lenin, the Russian revolutionary – a “hero” to some people. This ideological plague is estimated to have killed about 100 million people worldwide, ranging from the Great Famine under Mao to Holodomor in Ukraine to the killing fields in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge to Joseph Stalin’s purges.