The Berlin Wall fell, but communism didn’t. One hundred years after the Bolshevik Revolution, one-fifth of the world’s population still lives under single-party communist regimes in China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. Communist regimes commit the worst and widest-scale human rights abuses on the planet.
Communism promises to make everyone equal, but delivers radical inequality. Every time it’s tried, it ends in economic collapse or a police state.
From the famines, purges, and gulags of Soviet Russia to Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge—from the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre to the Castro regime’s 2012 murder of Oswaldo Payá—communists have killed more than 100 million people. Countless more suffered and suffer still.
In China today, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is a political prisoner. His crime: calling for reforms to China’s single-party communist rule. In Cuba in 2015, Sirley Ávila León was machete-attacked by a paroled criminal sent by state security services. Her crime: trying to re-open the school in her village.