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A press release titled “Wash U. Students Build Memorial to Victims of Socialism” landed in my inbox:


The students of Young Americans for Liberty are hosting a rally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at NOON on Monday November 9th, 2009, on the lawn outside the Ann W. Olin Women’s Building.

Students will be constructing a memorial to the victims of socialism as a stark reminder of the horrors of socialism, and of its victims.

“We’re hoping to elevate the thinking of students about the connection between socialism, tyranny, and murder. Too often, we tend to think about state control in the abstract. This event is an opportunity to show the student body what socialism really is,” said junior Dirk Doebler, student leader of Young Americans for Liberty and lead organizer of the event. “We’re just twenty years away from the collapse of the Soviet Union’s despotic enslavement of hundreds of millions of people, yet everyone seems to forget that socialism killed over 150,000,000 people in the 20th century. All that gets lost in the convenient narrative our professors would have us believe. With this event, we’re striking down false notions. We’re speaking truth to power.

Young Americans for Liberty is a growing student group at Washington University in St. Louis. YAL agrees with Nobel Laureate in economics Frederick Hayek, that socialism leads to totalitarianism. Socialism is a faulty idea that kills. This event aims at showing the horrors of the implementation of that idea.

Could it be that these students are urging others to attempt a certain leap of logic? To wit, that a part of the world that moved from one autocratic system of governance (a tsarist regime) to another (Stalinism) should serve as a warning against the Democrats’ attempt to institute universal health care in this country?


Quick. Somebody get on the horn to Europe to warn all those democracies that they’re already thirty years down the road toward becoming Stalinist/Maoist dictatorships. Thank god there’s still time to avoid that fate here.

But I fear that students at that bastion of liberalism, Washington University, will take a look at this piece of theater, roll their eyes, and attend their 1:15 classes, granting all due respect to their left wing professors.