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A lovely story: To generate “settlers,” the government reinstated the hated system of domestic passports that had been banned after the 1917 Bolshevik coup. Almost immediately, police throughout the country began rounding up anyone found in a place other than where they were registered. … He was a miner from Novokuznetsk. Married, with two children. […]

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Every American school child and household by now understands that taking care of yourself, eating a balanced and healthy diet, exercising regularly, being aware of your vitals and overall well-being, living with clean air and water, those are the ways to remain healthier over your lifetime and maximize your chances of living a long life. […]

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Maybe they forgot how to count? More from Pipes: For such an ideal, was it not worth sacrificing the sorry specimens that populated the corrupt world Seen from this perspective, existing humanity was debris, the refuse of a doomed world, and killing it off was a matter of no consequence The unprecedented destruction of lives […]

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M0re from Pipes: The massacres of 1937-38 virtually wiped out the ranks of “old Bolsheviks,” whose place was taken by newcomers. In 1939, 80.5 percent of the executive personnel of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party had joined since Lenin’s death 15 From their ranks came the top officials of the party and government, the so-called […]

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From Richard Pipes’ incredible book Communism: A History   The Great Terror struck at the party membership as well as ordinary citizens. At its height, in 1937 and 1938, at le one and a half million people, the vast majority of them in nocent of any wrongdoing even by Communist criteria, were hauled before troikas, […]

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I am just finishing up the absolutely gut-wrenching book from Frank Dikotter, Mao’s Great Famine.¬†Words cannot do it justice. Just as the Hiroshima story and the Auschwitz story and the slavery story must be told and retold and taught to our children, it would be unconscionable for all of us not to be very well […]

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Just a few scattered thoughts: Universities are corporations It is probably closer to the truth to appreciate that non-profits exist to serve the interests of their donors and workers more than they do their stated “charitable” objective Almost every entity that engages in some kind of production and planning, from the most wild free-market agencies […]

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It is obviously extremely hard to pin down a solid figure for how many people are going to be displaced due to the challenges posed by a warming planet. But virtually every publication I have read on the challenges of global warming rank the issue of “climate refugees” as both a serious political and economic […]

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Can you hold the idea of “equal pay for equal work” and still be a strong advocate of progressive taxation? Ignore the moral arguments against progressive taxation – which include the political view of the founders warning against the tyranny of the majority … focus on the logical consistency for the moment. The idea of […]

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Give them credit for their creativity, again this from Josh Muravchik’s book: Several thousand Party members had been arrested, and many had been executed,” charged with being members of an antiparty conspiracy, a label borrowed from Stalin’s purges. “Supposed conspiritors were persecuted to devilish cruelty,” continues Salisbury. “One group of local Party leaders was paraded […]

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