Despite the death, destruction, and oppression in communism’s wake, the ideology is not as widely hated as Nazism. Communism is responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of people by governments that operated under it, yet it is still not viewed with the same deserved contempt as Hitler’s fascist ideology.
Why? In the latest offering from Prager U, a conservative-libertarian educational YouTube channel created by radio show host and columnist Dennis Prager, the conservative commentator gives several reasons.
Prager points out that the evil of communism’s past is not taught in the same way Hitler and Nazism are in America’s liberal universities and notes that there is “widespread ignorance” about communism’s record. He also notes that Germany, where Nazism flourished, fully understands that Nazism was evil and has taken responsibility for the horrors the ideology brought upon the world.
Meanwhile, countries that have suffered under communism, such as Russia, have done no such thing. In fact, in Russia, communist revolutionaries are still venerated.
But it doesn’t stop at Russia.
“Even less so has China exposed the greatest mass murderer and enslaver of them all, Mao Zedong. Mao remains revered in China,” Prager said. “Every Chinese currency note has his picture on it. Until Russia and China — and Vietnam and Cuba and North Korea — acknowledge the evils their countries committed under communism, communism’s evils will remain less known than the evils of the German state under Hitler.”