What’s the al­lure of com­mu­nism?

Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re “Putin warms to Stalin’s tac­tics,” June11

Is there noth­ing that will fi­nally drive a stake through the hearts of mon­sters such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and Mao Ze­dong? Com­mu­nism has brought more mis­ery to more peo­ple than any other bad idea in­hu­man his­tory, and yet the ap­par­ently in­fin­itely clue­less keep beg­ging for more, pre­sum­ably hop­ing it will work this time.

I can see why a would be dic­ta­tor such as Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin would warm to the mem­ory of Stalin, but or­di­nary peo­ple? Es­pe­cially those who once lived un­der com­mu­nism?

What a grim com­men­tary on hu­man na­ture.

Pa­trick M. Dempsey

Granada Hills

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