New Townhall Column: Honor Victims of 20th Century Totalitarianism

I’ve penned a new column up at It’s about Black Ribbon Day. Below is an excerpt:

The Soviet Union may have collapsed, but its decades’ long reign of terror shall not be forgotten.

The 20th century was marked by intense tragedy due to the pernicious ideologies of National Socialism and global communism that killed over 100 million people. Millions suffered and died under the tyrannical rule of both Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany and Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, respectively. While the former usually receives resounding condemnation, the latter – particularly the Soviet variant – is wholly ignored by many today. That is why it is imperative to celebrate Black Ribbon Day on August 23rd, a day that commemorates the lives lost under National Socialism and Soviet communism.

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Thank you to Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, JBANC, and countless others for sharing my article!

M. Stanton Evans: An Intellectual Giant and Great Anti-Communist

I was just brought to my attention that conservative journalist M. Stanton Evans has passed away. He was 80.

Stan and I at his June 2013 book signing for "Stalin's Secret Agents" at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C.

Stan and I at his June 2013 book signing for “Stalin’s Secret Agents” at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C.

I wish more members of my generation were familiar with Stan’s accomplishments and impressive contributions to the conservative movement like I was. He was a key signer of the Sharon Statement, which is one of the founding documents of modern conservatism. Stan was also a stalwart activist in our movement.

Lee Edwards writes more about M. Stanton Evans’s legacy in Daily Signal:

“The trouble with conservatives,” he once observed, “is that too many of them come to Washington thinking they are going to drain the swamp, only to discover that Washington is a hot tub.”

That unique conservative voice is now stilled. M. Stanton Evans, journalist, author, teacher, commentator and raconteur, has died. Throughout his distinguished career, Stan Evans confronted the liberal orthodoxies of the day and readily dispatched them with scrupulous research, an elevated Augustan style and a wicked wit.

In my brief acquaintanceship with him, which started in June 2013 at a book signing for his last book Stalin’s Secret Agents, I got to meet Mr. Evans. My former LI coworker Heather Sherlock facilitated our meeting.

At one time, Heather told me Stan loved one of my Townhall articles slamming the resurgence of Neo-Soviet attitudes in modern-day Russia. It was a tremendous honor to have Mr. Evans praise my article.

I loved reading Stan’s articles and have copies of his two most recent books, both which center around Soviet communism. He had a great understanding of Soviet crimes and atrocities as a casual observer even though he never lived behind the Iron Curtain. It amazed me how knowledgeable he was on the subject.

Stan epitomized class, wit, and sheer genius–a classical figure, if you will. He didn’t have an online social media presence, preferred to keep a low profile, and didn’t send texts. He was a traditionalist in his conduct and in his writing. Though I only met him twice, Stan imparted great advice to me about writing and conveying the truth, especially with respect to exposing the ills of communism.

I, like so many out there, will miss him dearly. The conservative movement truly lost an intellectual giant today.

Now that he has passed, it’s imperative for us to keep Mr. Evan’s spirit alive and make him proud.

RIP, M. Stanton Evans.


Bolsheviks and Tea Partiers Have NOTHING in Common

Julia Ioffe of the New Republic wrote an article suggesting that President Obama dissolve Congress like Boris Yeltsin “did” in October 1993 . (I plan to expound on Russian presidents and their tyrannical predecessors down the road.)

She writes:

Well, Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first democratically elected president, was once faced with a similar situation exactly 20 years ago, in October 1993. The parliament, then called the Supreme Soviet, was increasingly against Yeltsin’s neoliberal economic reforms (suggested to him by young Western advisors like Jeffrey Sachs). On one hand, these reforms freed up the old Soviet command economy. On the other, they drove the country into chaos and violence, and left tens of millions impoverished, their savings nullified by skyrocketing inflation. The parliament, dominated by old Soviet conservatives, was increasingly against these reforms and refused to confirm Yeltsin’s key economic advisor. Yeltsin held a national referendum, a sort of national vote of confidence, which he won, and used it as a justification for what he did next.

Ioffe then tweeted the following:


Ioffe, who oddly enough was born in Russia and later immigrated here to the U.S. in 1990, should be ashamed for comparing Bolshevism to the Tea Party movement inset in American conservatism. Sadly, her post and tweet suggest that she’s ignorant of the Soviet history that befell her homeland.

Let me offer a few corrections to her claim.

1) The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was a bloody, undemocratic coup d’etat that lead to the rise of brutal dictators, or rather terrorists, Vladimir Lenin and later Joseph Stalin.
2) Bolsheviks (bolshoi, bolshe = ‘big’ in Russian) had a majority and succeeded in carrying out their bloody reign by eliminating the countless other parties in the Duma (Russian parliament)
3) The so-called Tea Party faction in the GOP (thankful it exists) is by no means a “majority” nor does it achieve its goal through murder or seizing full control of people’s lives via the government. It seeks to DEMOCRATICALLY elect people into office and frame a discussion on the value of American free enterprise.
4) Bolsheviks were proponents of Marxist-Leninism, which espouses full government control. Tea Partiers believe in constitutionally limited government.

As a Tea Partier and as someone whose family escaped the USSR, I always stress the importance of teaching the truth about the Soviet Union – not the revisionist wet dream glorifying Lenin and Uncle Joe. Millions of people died under the Bolshevik Revolution and later under Stalin’s reign of terror.

Simply put, Ioffe’s comments are asinine.

My goal is to bring light to the horrors and errors inset in Soviet communism and other Marxist revolutions. This will come with further reading and examination into the subject. Thanks to my family history and natural curiosity to counter the Left’s lies about this subject, I plan to fulfill this goal.

Too many young people have been lied to and deceived about the brutal reality of Soviet communism. We can’t allow revisionist history to deceive any longer.

[Note: Twitchy highlighted some tweets, including two of mine, in response to Ioffe’s tweet.]

Blogging Update: Column

As a young conservative activist and blogger, I’m often enlisted with the task of communicating my thoughts over social media and in print.  I’ve been blogging for nearly four years, and with each year I enjoy seeing my articles improve and reach thousands of people. I sincerely hope my words and thoughts inspire others to find their voice and speak out in favor of conservatism.

I had my first column at published today titled, “Surging Support for Joseph Stalin in Post-Soviet Russia is Troubling.”  I wrote about the 60th anniversary of Joseph Stalin’s death and the significance it carries today with respect to condemning the Soviet butcher.

I plan to contribute regularly, so stay tuned!

Professor Sympathizes With Stalin, Says “It’s Bullshit” to Say He Committed Crimes

My first post at Campus Reform is centered around Grover Furr,  a Medieval English professor at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ , who is an apologist for brutal Soviet dictator and communist Joseph Stalin.  In this video, Furr says that Stalin is an innocent man and that he has yet to find “one crime” Stalin committed. Talk about ridiculous. As someone who has had family murdered and oppressed by Stalin, I find his remarks to be repulsive and insulting. My maternal grandfather was imprisoned in a Russian gulag at the Belomar Canal at the Finnish-Russian border for 18 months. Many of my parents’ friends or family members disappeared under Stalin’s reign of terror from 1929-1953. Professors like Furr should not be teaching at universities.

Here’s the video:

More from Campus Reform:

“I know they say he killed 20, 30, 40 million people,” continued Grover Furr, a professor in Medieval English at Montclair State University.

“It’s bullshit.”

Professor Grover Furr of Montclair State University said he has yet to find “one crime that Stalin committed.”

Furr made the comments at a campus debate featuring three individuals supposedly representing conservative, liberal, and libertarian political views.

Following the debate, a student pressed Furr on his comments reminding the professor that most historians believe “100 to 150 million people [were] killed by communist regimes.”

The professor, however, doubled down on his original comment.

“What you said is bullshit,” said Furr.  “It’s wrong. It’s a lie.”

My article has been linked on Fox Nation, The Other McCain, CollegeInsurrection, FrontPage Magazine, WND, and other places.

Another video from Grover Furr:

Democrat Compares Anti-Union Proponents to Stalin and Hitler

I honestly don’t know what Democrats are smoking, but it must be something potent if they are comparing “oppressive” anti-union forces to evil dictators Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

Let it be known that Democrats serving in both chambers of Congress have ties to the Socialist and Communist movements here in the United States, as 70 congressional members were exposed for their ties back in 2009.

Nazis and Communists were very much alike: the only differences they maintained were different flags and different countries. Without Soviet communism, Nazism would not have materialized. That being said, communism and socialism are largely interconnected. (I will explore that further in a future article).

Obama, his administration, and an overwhelming amount of Democrats are okay with socialism and communism. You see these ideals emanate in ObamaCare, the radical transformation of America, attempts to redistribute wealth, the embrace of a Second Holocaust of Jews by appeasing to radical Islamists, using eugenics via abortion to eliminate “undesirables” like blacks and all babies, and with agitating people by staging imaginary warfare with the use of unions, etc.

If Democrats continue to draw these illusory correlations, they must be monitored, educated, and questioned about their musings.