Gorbachev’s death recalls the horrors of communism

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Few men accomplish so much that they leave this world to the echoes of their jubilant enemies, but if there ever was such a person, it must be former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who died at the age of Tuesday. 91 years old. leadership, Gorbachev did wonders: he suppressed the nuclear arms race, ended the Cold War and joined with the United States and others to bring down the iron curtain that had divided Europe for decades. His death should remind young people how awful communism is for them and their country.

Gorbachev embraced communism as a child, but shunned the ideals once he learned that “justice” and “equality” were not actually achieved in a communist state. “But in reality, this terrible communist experience resulted in a repression of human dignity. Violence has been used to impose this model on society. In the name of communism, we have abandoned basic human values. So when I came to power in Russia, I started to restore those values; values ​​of ‘openness’ and freedom,” Gorbachev said in an interview.

Thanks to these efforts, the people of the Soviet Union enjoyed an entirely different kind of life than they would have without Gorbachev. “He gave freedom to hundreds of millions of people in and around Russia, as well as half of Europe,” said former Russian liberal opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky. “Few leaders in history have had such a decisive influence on their times.”

Without Gorbachev’s foresight and courage to end communism in the Soviet Union, he could have kept a firm grip on an entire nation and who knows what would have become of the increasingly dangerous nuclear arms race between the Kremlin and Washington. If not for the stark difference we saw between the Soviet Union and the 15 independent countries that emerged from its collapse, we might not have been able to see the stark contrast between oppression, tyranny and murder, and freedom , choice and responsibility.

Communism’s trail of destruction is odious: Collectively, the idea has led to the deaths of over 100 million people. Mass murder was only one effect among others. Everyone who lived did so in a very oppressive environment. Freedom of expression, religion or property has disappeared. The government controlled every aspect of every person’s life. Just as bad as living in a communist state was probably the fact that the reality was so different from what people had promised. Like a charming abuser, communists promise equality – even utopia – but the working class has endured only poverty, destruction and death. The idea of ​​communism always gives way to a destructive and murderous reality.

Young people today don’t know it or don’t care: they still overwhelmingly embrace the idea of ​​communism. A 2020 survey of victims of communism showed that 40% of Americans have a favorable view of socialism and nearly half of Gen Z (those born between 1997 and 2012) favor it. Nearly 20% of Gen Zers “believe communism is a fairer system than capitalism and deserves consideration in America.”

It seems unimaginable when you consider the era from which Mr. Gorbachev hails and yet it shows how much the young people of today’s world need to learn together the history of the United States and the world, putting emphasis on government, economics and social effects. Communism has no place in America, and anyone who idealizes it either does not understand it or wishes harm to himself and his neighbor.

Few moments in modern history are as stunning as observing the devastating effects of communism before Gorbachev’s leadership and the drastic changes after its collapse – and none provide a clearer insight into how awful communism was to real life. people. May we always remember those lessons and his courage.

Nicole Russell is a writer and mother of four who has covered law, politics and cultural issues for The Washington Examiner, The Daily Signal, The Atlantic and The New York Post. She was voted “most argumentative” in high school and is proud to have discovered that being an opinion writer in Texas was far cheaper and more exciting than earning a law degree elsewhere.

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