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And under Mao life expectancy went from 35 to 65.
Who was the biggest mass murderer in the history of the world?
Most people probably assume that the answer is Adolf Hitler, architect of the Holocaust. Others might guess Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, who may indeed have managed to kill even more innocent people than Hitler did, many of them as part of a terror famine that likely took more lives than the Holocaust.
But both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong. From 1958 to 1962, his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million people – easily making it the biggest episode of mass murder ever recorded.
This is the MAIN reason we cherish the 2nd amendment in the United States. For any liberal that doesn't understand why we need an Armalite-15 to "defend" ourselves, it's because of tyrannical government more than it is about the pedophile next door. You think if we allowed the US Government to take our guns, our freedom of speech won't be next?
originally posted by: Wide-Eyes
a reply to: dfnj2015
Give us an altruistic leader and I will jump on board...
originally posted by: JoeGee
I was reading a post that questioned the atrocities committed by communist regimes over time and whether Communism is truly bad or a made-up evil.
I guess the easiest argument would be "look at the past Communist leaders". Sure, but that takes a fairly simple argument. Lets dive deeper... What empowers these people? What makes free America a better government model?
The problem when it comes to Communism is power lies in the state without the consent of its constituents. The state and the head of state makes the rules, they collect and spend government funds without the consent of their constituents. They fund programs that are good for the mob but not good for the individual. The problem is not everyone has the same needs. Some are fine never working a day again and collecting welfare, some don't mind an honest hard days work. Everyone becomes dependent on the system and essentially spoiled. There is a saying, "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime". It helps absolutely no one by temporarily alleviating someones hardship, it actually only makes matters worse for the individual. What happens when the state falls apart and all the people depending on welfare can't get their services? See Russian Federation.
Lets get to the main problem here.
You're giving too much control to the state in a communist government. Which brings me to another quote, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety". As you give up one right after another in these communist regimes, you'll find yourself on the other end of a barrel or a whip, and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.
This is the MAIN reason we cherish the 2nd amendment in the United States. For any liberal that doesn't understand why we need an Armalite-15 to "defend" ourselves, it's because of tyrannical government more than it is about the pedophile next door. You think if we allowed the US Government to take our guns, our freedom of speech won't be next? Guess who took guns away from his people BEFORE he became an internationally known criminal... Yeah, Adolf Hitler. So did Stalin and Mao by the way. They revoked their peoples right to defend themselves telling them the state is better prepared to protect the people, took away all guns and went on to commit genocide.