Academics Explain Communist Ideology at Event Co-Hosted by Human Events

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and Human Events co-hosted a Wednesday event on Marxist and communist Ideology.

Moderated by Human Events Managing Editor Brent Hamachek, academics Jonathan Brent, Flagg Taylor, and David Satter, discussed the ideology behind the communist regimes that have left 100 million dead, and still oppress 1.5 billion people today.

“The myth is convenient when it attracts millions of supporters when it energizes them to commit unbelievable atrocities,” said Hudson Institute Senior Fellow David Satter during the event.

Satter explained that communist oppression is a “two-stage process.”

“The ideas are used in order to attract the followers, and to mass support under the authority of a group of leaders, who then can use those supporters and those believers for whatever purpose suits the consolidation and expansion of their power.”

“It was a privilege to be able to moderate this discussion on behalf of the victims of communism foundation and to get to interact with three brilliant panelists,” said Hamachek.” Human Events and VOC have forged a strong alliance, beginning with our event the last March with the Liberty Forum, and we look forward to collaborating on many more events going forward.”

This week, the VOC opened a first-of-its-kind museum in Washington D.C., with the goal of shedding light on the victims of communist regimes, both of the past and present.

Watch the full event here.