Sometimes you find some strange things when you troll the moonbatosphere, but one of the strangest is the way some leftists think the United States is worse, more dangerous, and kills more people than communist regimes.
This isn't an argument I make without evidence. See this site which compares the U.S. unfavorably with Pol Pot. Or this A.P. story about how the ruthless communist regime in China is viewed more favorably than the U.S. I guess the moral to that story is if you suppress your own people, it's ok. Just don't try to bring freedom and democracy to other countries.
Now, Malcolm Kline is suggesting a Communist Genocide Studies class to educate young people on the horrors of communism, a subject glossed over by most university professors.
"Ask college students, and I have, how many Stalin killed and you get the answer, ‘thousands,’" University of Pennsylvania history professor Alan Charles Kors said on June 12th at the Heritage Foundation. "That’s like saying Hitler killed hundreds of Jews."
"Communism claimed 100 million victims," Emil Constantinescu pointed out in the same forum that Dr. Kors addressed. "In my country, Romania, we had one million dead and one million political prisoners out of a total population of 16 million." Constantinescu was the former President of Romania...
"What about the 60’s radicals who kept pictures of Mao and Che on their walls?" Dr. Kors asks. He characterizes that act as "the equivalent of putting up pictures of Hitler and Eichmann."
"They get to teach students about the superiority of their political philosophy," Dr. Kors asserts. Dr. Kors is the co-founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) which spawned a national network of pro-bono attorneys who defend students whose civil liberties have been jeopardized by college administrators.
"No other system has caused as much death as communism has," Dr. Kors concludes. "In the case of Nazis, we rightly hunt down 90-year-old men because the bones cry out for justice."
"In the case of communism, we follow the advice of our educated class which says, ‘No witch hunts.’" He is pessimistic about the prospects of an enlightenment among these elites.
"Understanding of communism is going to have to come from civil society because it isn’t going to come from the professoriat," he advises. For such an epiphany to occur among faculty members, Dr. Kors contends that "you need universities that hire pluralistically and not by political litmus test."
Part of the problem, as I pointed out here, is that liberals have a convenient memory where communism is concerned. Many don't even acknowledge the millions of people murdered or enslaved by communist regimes of the 20th Century, and have turned communist symbols into fashion statements. Without some curriculum changes, we can't expect young adults to know the atrocities committed by these monsters.