Observer notes that both capitalism had Communism have bad records when it comes to starving people to death. He implies that one system is as likely to starve you death as the other.
That said, I would like to defend the Communist record against one of the worst slanders, that “Communism equals starvation.” Not true, it’s actually capitalism equals starvation.
And often times, both Capitalism and Communism had the same sordid record.
It really depended who was running the given society, and at that particular time in history.
True, the diet is not top-notch, but it fills your stomach…
Ah, yeah, however, you could say the same thing for prison inmates :/
But let’s look at the figures:
The capitalist record is far worse. Capitalism starves to death 14 million a year, mostly in South Asia. How many starve under Communist or even neo-Communist systems like China nowadays? Close to zero.
Adding up all the starvation under Orthodox Communism from 1925-1990, it looks like there were around 21.5 million starvation deaths under Communism over a 65 year period.
Starvation Period Rate Per capita USSR 5.5 m 1925-1990 84,000/yr 1/2,300 China 15 m 1949-1990 365,000/yr 1/2,730 Cambodia 1 m 1975-1979 250,000/yr 1/16 Rest 0 1945-1990 0 0 Total 21.5 m 1925-1990 331,000/yr 1/3,637 World* 336 million 1986-2010 7.14 m/yr 1/426
However, from 1986- present, only 24 years, capitalism has starved 14 million a year. That’s 336 million in 24 years, or 14 million starvation death per year. Whereas Communism averaged 300,000 deaths per year. In the 20th Century, capitalism was starving 42 TIMES as many people per year than Communism was.
And for a good part of that period, 25% of the population was living under Communism. Adjusting for more living under Communism, capitalism was starving 14 times more people per capita than Communism was. Looking at the world as a whole, if all you want to do is eat and nothing else, Communism and neo-Communism is the way to go!
Or, looking at the chart above, capitalism starves 8.65 times more people per capita than Communism and neo-Communism.
And that’s not including figures from Eastern Europe.
Good job, capitalists. Good fuckin job.