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Ten Super Disturbing Ways Communism Is Being Made Cool Again

The useful idiots from the Cold War are back. From Hong Kong to Havana, an ideology that has killed more than 100 million people in the 20th century is gaining new fans.

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1. The Karl Marx Piggy Bank

Via urbanoutfitters.com

Finally the gift for the person who has everything – and now wants the government to mandate that he give it all away -- the piggy bank is sold at only the finest Urban Outfitters, retailer for only the hippest of hipsters and the politically ignorant. Instructions: 1. Deposit coins. 2. Wait for jack-booted thugs to arrive at your home and put you and your children in prison for hoarding money from the state.

2. The 2014 Sochi Olympics

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To a global audience in the billions, the Putin regime depicted its communist heritage as a romantic and quaint era – you know, except for the mass starvations or gulags for political prisoners. NBC’s Bob Costas called Communism “a pivotal experiment.”

3. Marxism for Dummies: The New “It” Book of 2014

Ed Alcock for the Observer / Via i.guim.co.uk

Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the 21st Century was such a massive bestseller that it was ranked #1 on Amazon.com. At one point, Amazon, the largest bookstore in the history of the world, ran out of copies for days. The book included statements like “When a government taxes a certain level of income or inheritance at a rate of 70 or 80 percent, the primary goal is obviously not to raise additional revenue (because these very high brackets never yield much). It is rather to put an end to such incomes and large estates.” Like Marx, Piketty kinda got caught up on that whole impersonal economic forces thing at the expense of, you know, telling the truth.

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Celebrities like Beyoncé and Danny Glover make posh trips to Cuba while the Cuban people are starved, beaten, raped, and tortured by the authorities. Meanwhile filmmakers like Michael Moore and gullible US legislators praise Cuban healthcare as “quite remarkable.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

6. The Onion

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As this New Republic article explained back in February, “America’s Finest News Source” basically offers “much funnier versions of capitalist critiques in The German Ideology and other Karl Marx classics.”

8. Really just celebrities in general

Via dailymail.co.uk

Cameron Diaz raised eyebrows a few years back for not realizing her cute little satchel bag featured an infamous slogan of Mao Zedong, the Communist leader who killed 45 million of his own people. Culturally insensitive? Sure, but it’s just so chic.

9. Putin lovers

REUTERS MAXIM ZMEYEV / Via news.sky.com

Maybe he just got a little carried away with that whole invading Ukraine thing. Or then again maybe he’s pining for the glory days of the Soviet Empire. It’s OK, though, Mickey Rourke thinks he’s “very cool.

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Here’s why Communism is not a laughing matter. Communism was responsible for the death of 100 million people worldwide in the 20th century. A fifth of the world’s population lives under communist rule. Some, like those in Hong Kong today, are risking their lives for something as basic as the right to free speech.

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From novelty items sold by trendy national retailers to celebrities’ woeful ignorance, the truth about Communism’s brutal history and its human toll continues to be ignored. The ideology, with the help of some useful idiots, is creeping its way back to “cool.” We must not allow that to happen.

Learn more about the personal stories of those individuals whose lives have been forever changed by Communism at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Witness Project.