Great Socialist Leaders in History
Vladimer Lenin 1870 - 1924: Leader of the Bolsheviks during the October Revolution in 1917. Founder of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The Russian revolution was brutal even by most the standards of most civil wars. Lenin and the other Bolshevik leaders pursued drastic measures to force compulsory labor in order to establish their ideal communist society. These measures themselves were very brutal and led to the execution of many citizens. Lenin's failed policies was the major factor in the Russian famine of 1920 which killed somewhere between 3 - 10 million citizens.
Joseph Stalin 1878 - 1953: Joseph Stalin became the leader of the Soviet Union after the death of Vladimer Lenin. Stalin implemented a command economy that included a series of 5 year plans to spring board the industrialization of Russia. His plans also included the collectivization of Soviet farms. The collectivization process caused a lot of problems in food production and resulted in many shortages such as the Soviet famine of 1932. Stalin also launch the Great Purge in order get rid of people that were considered disloyal to the state. It is believed that Stalin caused the deaths of 40 million Soviet citizens. His name became synonymous for brutal totalitarian, "Stalinist" regimes.
Adolph Hitler 1889-1945: We all know how Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazis) and then the Chancellor of Germany. How Hitler used the Reichstag fire to declare a national emergency and eventually became the dictator of Germany. Under his rule, Germany quickly built up their economy and war machine. Hitlers aggressive foreign policy resulted in the annexation of countries such as Austria and eventually World War II. Hitler was responsible for the murder of 12,000,000 civilians, not county the millions that died do to military campaigns.
Mao Tse-Tung 1893-1976: Mao Tse-Tung was the first Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party. He was the founder of the Chinese version of communism known as Maoism. Just like Lenin and Stalin, Mao's programs for the social and political transformation of China known as the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, led to famines and executions of many political prisoners. Mao ordered the invasion of Tibet to "liberate" the Tibetan people. Under his rule, the communist party was responsible for the deaths of 50 - 70 million Chinese citizens.
Kim Il Sung 1912-1994: Kim Il Sung was a minor leader in the communist guerrilla resistance against the Japanese during World War II. Joseph Stalin wanting a puppet government to help control North Korean territory selected Kim Il Sung for the job. Sung began by eliminating other leaders of the resistance movement they may have posed a threat to his rule. The Korean peninsula was split due to World War two, the Soviet Union occupied the Northern Part along with Kim Il Sung's puppet government. In the South US forces occupied the Southern half and began a program of privatization due to the heavy influence of the Korean Communist party that was headquartered in Seoul. It was this return to a free market system that prompted Kim Il Sung to invade the South thus starting the Korean War. After the armistance, Sung began on a typical communist program of 5 year centralized economic plans, industrialization and farm collectivation. To further strengthen his power, he began a propaganda campaign blaming the United States for all the troubles that the North Koreans were experiencing. He also started a typical program of purges to eliminate people considered a threat to his regime. Most of these people simply disappeared without even the pretense of a trial. North Korea is so tightly controlled by the paranoid communist regime that very little truthful information can be obtained although it is well understood that mass killings take place in the country. It is estimated that between 700,000 and 3.5 million North Koreans were murdered by Sung's regime.
Fidel Castro 1926 - Present: Fidel Castro led a successful and brutal revolution to became the dictator of the Cuba. His brutal regime was infamous for executing it's adversaries without any pretense of a trial. One of the last Stalinist dictators in the world, Castro is believed to have murdered between 30,000 and 100,000 people out of a population of 6.2 million in Cuba. Many of the political prisoners that were executed were farmers who tried to resist Cuba's farm collectivation program. Castro's government has the honor of having more political prisoners by percentage of the population than either Hitler, Stalin, or Mao.
Kim Jung Il 1942-Present: Kim Jung Il took power in North Korea after the death of his father Kim Il Sung. One of the last true Stalinist regimes in the world. He continued his father's legacy of paranoia, and brutal repression of the Korean people. Many Koreans have died of starvation under his rule, while thousands of others die in political prison camps.
Hugo Chavez 1954 - Present: Hugo Chavez is the socialist President of Venezuela. His "Bolivarian" brand of socialism is named in honor of the Latin American Socialist Simon Bolivar. In 1992 Chavez led a failed coup attempt against an unpopular President. Later on he was able to get elected to the Presidency. As Chavez began to consolidate his power, he started his transformation of Venezuela into a Socialist state. His program included the nationalizing of major industries, and taking over oil fields that were once run by foreign corporations. Venezuela is a large oil producer and Chavez used this oil wealth to fund his socialist agenda, building up the military, and buying support for his socialist revolution in other Latin American countries. While Chavez supporters laud the President for his support of the poor and his drive to improve education, there is a dark side to his socialist agenda. His price controls on food designed to "help" the poor have led to food shortages has farmers were no longer able to food for the mandated prices. This and other policies enacted by Chavez's Bolivarian government have resulted in an inflation rate over 30%, the highest in Latin America. The problem is exacerbated by the decline in oil production. Chavez has siphoned off too much of the states oil revenue to fund his military and socialist programs so the infrastructure that the nation depends on is crumbling and very little effort has been made to explore for new sources of oil or to rebuild the infrastructure. In order to maintain his power and silence a raising chorus of discontent in Venezuela, Chavez has been systematically his oppositions ability to reach out to the Venezuelan public. He is doing this by closing down newspapers, radio stations, and television stations that are critical of his rule. At the same time he is attempting to dominate the media with his regular television program for the people of Venezuela and his control of other media outlets.
Barack Obama 1961 - President: Barack Obama is not only the first African American President of the United States, he is also the first President with clear ties and sympathy with Marxist ideals. Obama's inner circle of friends and advisors are list of who's who in U.S. Marxist organizations. People like Frank Marshall Davis member of the American Communist Party, Bill Ayers co-founder of the Weather Underground a Marxist protest group of the 70's, Rev. Jeremiah Wright whoes church preaches Black Liberation Theology which supports communism, Obama's Press Secretary Anita Dunn who admits to admiring Mao Tse-Tung, and the list goes on. Although Obama's protective circle of main stream media, and political pundits, will try to get you to ignore his political upbringing, he is clearly a Marxist. Obama's tenure as President started with a crisis that turned into massive government spending. Although Obama originally promised that the money would go to building infrastructure that would lead to future job growth; it looks like a lot of it has gone to prop up existing government union jobs. In fact a lot of what Obama has done as President is to strengthen labor unions, who then use their members dues to elect Democratic politicians. Obama continues to expand the role of government by extending all kinds of entitlements and piling on massive debts. Although the entitlements may buy him votes for the next couple of election cycles, it is pushing the U.S. towards high inflation and financial collapse like what is happening in Greece.