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China shows (once again) that communists don't respect life

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Beijing residents wait in line to buy food| Photo: EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

In recent days, the world has watched in horror as the residents of Shanghai have been locked in their homes by the government. Why? Authorities in China are pursuing a nonsensical and impossible goal of zero Covid cases — despite the virus having a fatality rate of less than 1% and a vaccine available.

To impose its new blockades, the communist regime invoked brutal tactics. The 12 million City residents are locked in their homes as their food supplies dwindle and medicines run low. The government should deliver these items to its citizens’ homes, but, unsurprisingly, is not doing so in an organized or timely manner.

It does not stop there. CNN reports that people are unable to receive medical care, even for emergencies, without a negative Covid test. Children with Covid- were taken from their families. Patients with chronic illnesses or in need of surgery were denied indefinitely. And videos show authorities killing pets that flee onto the streets.

More than 19 a thousand doctors and 2,000 military personnel were sent to the city to enforce these measures, and while the extent of this “execution” is not exactly known, it does not look good. The New York Times reports residents screaming, “We want supplies! We don’t want to starve.”

CNN also reported that “a Popular comment on the highly censored Chinese social media platform Weibo read: ‘We are not killed by Covid, but by Covid control measures’”.

By the way, none of this is reducing Covid cases. They went from thousand in the last week – a higher peak than that observed in Wuhan in 2020.

The draconian measures adopted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the tragic results that we are witnessing are a reminder of just how deadly this authoritarian ideology can be. In fact, communism killed more people and caused more suffering than any other ideology in history. And in China, CCP leaders are proving yet again that human life (or indeed any life) will never be valued under a communist system.

In his brief 8014270161001 years, communism was responsible for more than millions of deaths – and ruined the lives of countless other people. In fact, China’s own Mao Zedong killed more of his citizens than Hitler or Stalin, with a body count estimated at 25 millions. As Mao’s famous phrase said: “Communism is not love! Communism is a hammer that we use to destroy our enemies!”.

Communism is an oppressive and evil ideology, which is based on brutal force and coercion. He only succeeded in making all under his sway poor and miserable. The current human rights abuses taking place in China are an important reminder of how critical it is to have a system that recognizes and protects individual rights.

As Mao famously said: “Communism is not love! Communism is a hammer we use to destroy our enemies!”

Ayn Rand (960-1982), the famous writer and philosopher, once said: “Do not make the mistake of the ignorant who thinks that an individualist he is a man who says, ‘I will do what I want at everyone’s expense.’ An individualist is a man who recognizes man’s inalienable individual rights – his own and those of others.”

Daughter of the Russian Revolution, Rand understood the value of individual rights better than most. To the 12 years ago, she and her family fled St. Petersburg after the Bolshevik uprising, when her father’s shop was confiscated by the Communists in the wake of the October Revolution.

All lives have value. Collectivism asks us to deny this fact and pretend that the good of the whole outweighs that of the individual. But this is false. As we have seen time and time again throughout history, when individual rights are harmed, the group is inevitably harmed as well. All are less affluent and all suffer. In contrast, when individualism is defended and people are encouraged to serve their fellowmen, as in capitalism, society at large also flourishes.

Hannah Cox

is a content manager and brand ambassador for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) .

©1982 FEE Foundation for Economic Education. Published with permission. Original in English.18124648

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