“Kindness” covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out. Roger Ebert - Life Itself: A Memoir

The Death Toll of the Crimes of Capitalism


This little project is my attempt to right the imbalance of information. While many compilations of the “Crimes of Communism” exist, most notably the “Black Book of Communism”, there does not seem to be a reliable, accurate analysis of the death toll of capitalism, of the wars, oppression, slavery, violence and poverty caused by this system over the many years it has existed (from the 1500’s).

The Crimes

* The Colonization of the Americas

* The Colonization of Australia

* The Atlantic Slave Trade - 10 000 000

* World War 1 - 17 000 000

* World War 2 - 60 000 000

* The Vietnam War (including the bombings of Laos and Cambodia) - 3 992 846

* The defeat of the Paris Commune - 25 000

* Pinochet’s CIA backed regime in Chile - 33 000

* Batista’s Regime in Cuba - 20 000

* Irish Potato Famine - 2 500 000

* Saddam Hussein’s American backed regime in Iraq - 300 000

* The War in Iraq - 1 033 000

* The War in Afghanistan - 14 700

* Overthrow of Patrice Lumumba and resulting Civil War/Dictatorship in the Congo

* The regime of Raphael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic

* The overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh and the Shah’s regime in Iran - 16 000

* Israeli genocide against the Palestinians

* The regime of Alfredo Stroessner in Paraguay

* Military junta in Argentina

* Bhobal Chemical disaster - 15 000

* Spanish American War

* American Civil War - 620 000

* Spanish Civil War - 500 000

* Belgian Involvement in the Congo - 10 000 000

* Francisco Franco and the Fascist reign in Spain

* Military Dictatorship in Greece

* The overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala

* The after effects of the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam - 400 000

* The Contras in Nicaragua - 30 000

* Apartheid in South Africa - 21 000

* Nationalist China - 10 000 000

* The Indian Mutiny - 10 000 000

* Partition of India and following violence - 500 000

* First Indochina War - 400 000

* Lynchings in the USA between 1882 and 1964 - 4742

* Spartacist Revolt (Germany in 1919) - 1200

* Cuban Revolution - 5200

* US involvement in El Salvador - 70 000

* US Involvement in Guatemala - 100 000

* The Troubles in Ireland (1968 - 1998) - 3524

* American-Phillipino War - c. 1 000 000

* The Suez Crisis - 3 000

* Six Day War - 15 000

* First Italo-Ethiopian War - 30 000

* Second Italo-Ethiopian War and subsequent occupation - 300 000

* First Boer War - < 500

* Second Boer War - 40 000

* Iraq-Iran War - 1 000 000

* US sanctions on Iraq - 1 000 000

* Suharto in Indonesia - 1 200 000

* Japanese Democides - 5 964 000

* US Bombing of Yugoslavia - 300 000

* Feudal Russia - 1 066 000

* Children killed by Hunger during the 1990’s - 100 000 000

* Japanese Occupation of East Timor - 70 000

* Japanese Bombing of China - 71 105

* Japanese Massacre of Singapore - 100 000

* Japanese Germ Warfare in China - 200 000

* Rubber companies in Peru and Brazil - 250 000

* Capitalist Russia - 3 000 000

* The Korean War - 4 000 000

* The Greek Civil War - 158 000

* US Invasion of Grenada - 1 400

* US Invasion of Panama - 3 000

* Use and Exploitation of Child Labour - Unknown/Unknowable

* Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll - 250

Total so far: 357 824 914

Recurring Sources: 21st Century Atlas (

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-re-blogging and adding a couple.

Saving for the next time somebody wants to talk about the atrocities of Stalin or Mao.

Chavez’s Socialist Party Wins 20 of 23 States in Venezuelan Regional Elections


December 16, 2012 ( – With all votes counted to the point of results being irreversible, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela has won 20 states, and the opposition coalition, three states.

The opposition lost their control of Zulia, Tachira, Carabobo, Monagas, and Nueva Esparta, but retained Amazonas and Miranda, and Lara states.

In Miranda, one of the key states at stake, contested by PSUV ex vice-president Elias Jaua, and the opposition presidential candidate and current governor of Miranda, Henrique Capriles, the opposition won with 50% to Jaua’s 46%.

In Bolivar state, where the results were very close, the opposition candidate Andres Velasquez is refusing to recognise his defeat and has called on locals to “defend” his “victory”.

In today’s elections Venezuelans and residents chose 23 state governors and 237 state legislators. The results of the state legislative voting have yet to be announced.

In the 2008 regional elections the PSUV won 17 of the 22 states being contested.

For state by state results see below.

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The problem with the discourse situation in America is capitalism. You can make a lot of money by being an assassin. A lot of money. It doesn’t matter if you’re right wing or left wing, alright? If you’re in and you’re a hater: radio, cable, in print, whatever. You get paid.

People do that. They go in, they don’t even believe half the stuff they say. They just rip it up. And they get paid a lot of money. And that has coursed into everything. They’re phonies. Um, and, capitalism drives that.

There are people, Americans, who want to hear hate, and they hear it. That is just blowing it all up. There are no rules on the internet. None. Go listen to these comments - after this program, I’m sure there will be chat rooms about this. Wait till you see the comments, wait till you see them, alright?

And that - it’s not coming back, either. It’s not going to get any better. But we have to live with it. Freedom of speech.

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