Everyone who’s ever had a history lesson, is familiar with The Black Book of Communism, or knows how to access Wikipedia, knows that communism has caused milions of deaths, tens of millions of deaths even. Estimates range from 42 million up to 160 million deaths.
Marx and Engels made no secret of their ends, nor of their proposed methods to attain them.
In the beginning of the Manifesto, they state:
“It is high time that Communists should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Spectre of Communism with a Manifesto of the party itself.”
And so they did.
Below follows a list of excerpts of The Communist Manifesto containing explicit statements about the goals set by communism and calls to or propagation of the violent methods they assessed needed to be used.
A novel’s protagonist only becomes a truly unique character (‘character’ meaning something like ‘the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual’) when he or she has (like we all do) small, peculiar personal details or quirks.
What follows is a list of excerpts featuring James Bond’s personal tastes and preferences as written down in Moonraker, Ian Fleming’s third James Bond-novel.
A novel’s protagonist only becomes a truly unique character (‘character’ meaning something like ‘the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual’) when he has (like we all do) small, peculiar personal details or quirks
What follows is a list of excerpts featuring James Bond’s personal tastes and preferences as written down in Live and Let Die, Ian Fleming’s second James Bond-novel.
Some people are condescending toward people who use or quote Wikipedia. That this is at least uncalled for (and maybe even blatantly wrong, on which you’ll read some more later on), is clearly demonstrated by the samples that Richard Dawkins took. Read here what he said on the topic of the trustworthiness of Wikipedia.
Zaterdagavond, 9 februari 2002. In de Hilversumse bovenwoning van Kay van der Linde vergadert het bestuur van Leefbaar Nederland over de vraag of ze Fortuyn als lijsttrekker kunnen houden. Die ochtend verscheen een interview met Fortuyn waarin hij zei dat hij de grenzen wilde sluiten, dat de islam een achterlijke cultuur is en dat hij zich niet zo veel moest aantrekken van wat het partijbestuur van zijn mening vond. Daar debiteerde hij de legendarische 5 voor 12-monoloog. Hieronder de uitgeschreven tekst.
Below are three excerpts from Bernard Lewis’ (“the West’s leading interpreter of the Middle East” and “the most influential postwar historian of Islam and the Middle East.”) classic 2003 book The crisis of islam. In the first excerpt, Lewis explains what jihad means, in the second excerpt he talks the similarities / differences between jihad and crusades and the third excerpt explains the difference between martyrs in islam and christendom. Emphasis in bold was added.