Article copyGenocide. Dean Esmay remembers the 20th century:
Mao killed more than ten times as many Chinese as Hitler killed Jews.Precisely. Is there still somebody around here willing to trade in individual liberties for the illusory safety of state interventionism?
Try to wrap your mind around that. You can't, can you? It becomes simply a number. (...)
You were a problem for the regime, and then you were gone.
I'm not asking the French, mind you.
Dean also asks the rhetorical question: Why is it important to remember? These Armenians, Cossacks, Kulaks, Jews, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodians... So many people, such a long time ago. Why does it matter?
These people are dead. We have a duty to honor their memory, but in my humble opinion and even though it may sound insensitive, it's not the most important reason.
It's important for us. For our progeny.
Because we are, they are potential victims of the State's violence. Because the Statists ready to turn into totalitarians and eventually mass murderers, in the name of whatever "collective" welfare they can think of, will never give up.
The best we can hope is to pen the wild Beast, by firmly and steadily unmask and oppose them. Repeatedly.
Our best weapon to that end?
Freedom over anything else, freedom at all costs. If there's a lesson to learn from the 20th, it's precisely this one.
The memory of genocides is important because among us and among our progeny, there are potential victims.
And the mass murderers who will kill them.