May 1, 2013 by Ish
Today is May 1st, or May Day, which was once a mostly benign holiday for socia reformers and labor union activists, but is now the grand fete for socialists and communists. Indeed, the date was taken over by the Soviet Union and other communist regimes and used as a propaganda tool to prop up their regimes. Ilya Somin of the Volokh Conspiracy, has long advicated that we instead use it as a day to commemorate those regimes’ millions of victims. The authoritative Black Book of Communism estimates the total at 80 to 100milliondead, greater than that caused by all other twentieth century tyrannies combined. We appropriately have a Holocaust Memorial Day. It is equally appropriate to commemorate the victims of the twentieth century’s other great totalitarian tyranny. And May Day is the most fitting day to do so. Thus, I agree with Somin and believe that May Day should be turned into Victims of Communism Day… even if he and I are the only ones that honor it.
But, I’m willing to bet the five people who read this blog probably agree with the sentiment. So, go out there today, and try to educate at least one other person on what May Day truly represents and what it could be instead.