British Historian Warns Universities ‘Luring Millennials to Communism

Stalin’s crimes are being minimized while the right-wing is painted as more dangerous.

Some millennials are totally digging communism and according to British historian Orlando Figes, they’re developing a taste for the leftist system in the university.

Figes said the “moral equivalence” style of teaching, in which Joseph Stalin’s crimes are minimized to favor his economic gains, are giving students a positive outlook on communism. 

“That sort of moral equivalence is unhelpful, because even the ‘good’ things he did were done with such rates of murder and destruction that they can't be counted as good,” argued Figes. 

He spoke out after hearing a Marxist student claim on the BBC “that the Soviet Union had not had the 'chance to develop' and [had] been stifled by Western intervention,” according to the Daily Mail.

The DM report quoted Fiona Lali, who is the president of the Marxist society at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She said, “Historically, I would say it would be inaccurate and unfair to say that communism has failed because really it hasn't had the chance to develop.”

“For young people today especially, we live in a time in which we basically have no future,” Lali added. “We’re the first generation that's going to have a living standard worse than our parents.” She doesn’t agree that capitalist societies have done better than communism.

Lali continued:

“In the Soviet Union, you can't say that it was allowed to develop or flourish in the way that it could have done because the U.S. and Britain were all involved in attacking it. They still had major gains, the democratically-planned economy; there's a lot of advantages and there's a lot of gains from the Soviet Union.” 

Figes said students like Lali are getting these false equivalencies from professors and textbooks that minimize the famines and deaths of millions. And it seems other students have bought the lie they’ve been told: the right-wing is far more dangerous than communism. A poll of 18- to 24-year-olds found they listed “big business” and “right-wing” politicians as “most dangerous in the world today.” At the same time, they classified communism as a relatively small threat.