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Under Stalin, repression was so severe that Soviet Gulags held 22% of the world's entire prison population. Just kidding, that's in the United States today.

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  1. Anonymous June 7, 2021

    Seriously?

    • Screwtape June 8, 2021

      Yep. Stalin killed people instead of putting them in jail. The main difference is that in America you go to jail for being a criminal, whereas Stalin killed you for NOT being a criminal communist.

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    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      He was a stalinist. Not a communist.

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    • Screwtape June 14, 2021

      Stalinist = communist
      Nice try at rewriting HIStory you commie sympathizer.

      Stalinism is the means of governing and policies which were implemented in the Soviet Union from 1927 to 1953 by Joseph Stalin. It included the creation of a one-party totalitarian police state; rapid industrialization; the theory of socialism in one country; collectivization of agriculture; intensification of the class struggle under socialism; a cult of personality[1][2] and subordination of the interests of foreign communist parties to those of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, deemed by Stalinism to be the leading vanguard party of communist revolution at the time.[3]

      Stalin’s regime forcibly purged society of what it saw as threats to itself and its brand of communism (so-called “enemies of the people”), which included political dissidents, non-Soviet nationalists, the bourgeoisie, better-off peasants (“kulaks”),[4] and those of the working class who demonstrated “counter-revolutionary” sympathies.[5] This resulted in mass repression of such people as well as their families, including mass arrests, show trials, executions, and imprisonment in forced labor and concentration camps known as gulags.[6] The most notable examples of this were the Great Purge and the Dekulakization campaign. Stalinism was also marked by mass religious persecution,[7][8] and ethnic cleansing through forced deportations.[9] Some historians such as Robert Service have blamed Stalinist policies, particularly the collectivization policies, for causing famines such as the Holodomor.[7]

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  2. Anonymous June 7, 2021

    Yeah, well…when 6% of the population commits over 50% of the violent crime….

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    • Except most of those in jail in the US are in for non-violent, drug related ‘crimes’.

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  3. The Gulag Archipelago
    Book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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  4. Anonamouse June 7, 2021

    Nice looking mustache.

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  5. Anonymous June 7, 2021

    Why? The war on drugs & 3 strikes you’re out.

    It’s time to end the war on drugs and forgive any mamajuana charges as time served.

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  6. Anonymous June 7, 2021

    And yet people are still literally dying to get themselves and their children here, and away from the rest of the world.

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    • Anonymous June 7, 2021

      Being better than a 3rd world country doesn’t make you great.

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  7. Anonymous June 7, 2021

    Today the U.S. have the highest prison population worldwide. It’s good business to send innocent people to privatized prisons. And easy in a racist arpartheid state.

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    • Izak, from South Africa June 7, 2021

      Please explain the similarities between America 2021 and South Africa prior Madiba.

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  8. Anonymous June 7, 2021

    No no, its all true. America is a terrible horrible filthy place. You’ll die a painful death almost instantly if you come here. It’s awful. Please don’t come. Ever. Theirs no food or fresh water or any cool houses… We’re starting to eat people now and we eat immigrants first. Stay away. For the love of God STAY AWAY! Try Canada 🇨🇦. Justine says everyone who comes gets free every thing. Just pick a house and they toss the family living in it in the street and it’s all yours. Seriously, they do that, it’s messed up. But mainly Don’t come to America. Every American is a gun packing hillbilly who will eat you. Stay away. Please. Oh, and we hate everyone. Every single person on earth, we hate them. We give out the most $ in charity so the people will be fooled into coming here. So we can kill and eat them. It’s all true. Stay far far away.

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  9. Well, since the entire, 100% of the population of the United States of America is less than 20% of the world’s population, that’s not just ridiculous, it’s stupid.

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    • Anonymous June 8, 2021

      The world’s prison population is nearly 11 million, with just over 2 million in US prisons. You do the maths.

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  10. Anonymous June 8, 2021

    “A free press is the enemy of the people! ”

    Stalin said it… so did Trump. Don’t support that loser. Find a republican who can win instead.

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  11. Anonymous June 9, 2021

    So maybe they should try the Chinese method of crime control. The bullet to the head, the concentration camps. That must be acceptable because I never hear any whining about that. Especially on this marxist site.

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    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      lol. Can’t defend it. Changes topic. So sad.

      It’s true that China’s prisons are terrible. We’re supposed to be a good example for the rest of the free world though. Not looking so good these days.

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    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      You never hear any whining about the Chinese executions and concentration camps? You just admitted to living under a rock.

    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      GOP would love that.

  12. Anonymous June 9, 2021

    Biden and the media love them some China. Never a negative word from Hollywood or the NBA or well any company that takes their $ which all of them. China is committing genocide and your whining about Americans. Your hate for the US is strong OB1. Haha. Clowns.

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    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      1 – We expect America to be better than communists, so the prison stat is surprising. Finding a flaw with your country is not the same as hating it.

      2 – I live and vote in America, so at least I have a tiny chance of having an impact here.

      3 – China! Mexico! Muslims! Immigrants! Hate! Hate! Hate! Good job. Your leader has really got you feeling the hate.

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    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      It’s always “the others”.

  13. Anonymous June 9, 2021

    I saw “Being better than a 3rd world country doesn’t make you great. That’s true. It just makes you better than anyone else.

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    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      Better than anyone else? NO. Just better than the other 3rd world options that are nearby.

      Yes, better than Columbia and Nicaragua. Whoppity damn do.

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    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      US are so losing on the global “better scale”.

    • Anonymous June 9, 2021

      You nailed it: being better than a 3rd world country makes you better than anyone else (e.g. some banana republics), but not better than everyone else (which includes your favorite, Canada).

    • Anonymous June 10, 2021

      Thinking you are better than everyone else just makes you arrogant.

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  14. Anonymous June 10, 2021

    Americans don’t hate illegals. They hate paying billions and billions of their hard earned money to support them. We already have to pay for all these “way better countries” military protection so yeah, we’re tired of both types of parasites. We’ve been picking up the check since WWII and it’s getting old. Luckily that’s changing. And all your Monday morning quarterbacking is helping us to change it. You’ll be on your own soon if they have anything to say about it and guess what, they do! Go suck off China for a few decades. No one likes a leech.

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    • Anonymous June 10, 2021

      lol. Billions and billions for immigrants is sooo bad, but the billions and billions we give corporations and billionaires is totally fine. Nike, Fedex, the NFL…. 36 corporations haven’t paid taxes for years. Elon musk, Bezos and many other billionaires are paying a much lower than average rate. No need to hate on those folks either, but if your concern is about money, you might want to pay attention.

      But don’t worry about that. Just worry about those other people you were told to be angry at. Well done. If something is wrong in your life, it can’t be your fault, it’s those other people. Can’t get a good job? I’m sure it’s the immigrants fault. ( even though they don’t have a soc# to legally apply for your job. ) I remember when republicans were all about personal responsibility. So sad.

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    • Anonymous June 10, 2021

      Those 1% don’t pay taxes at all most of the time. And people like that guy are willing to push more of his “hard earned money” up their fat as*es. (Of course they aren’t fat anymore. Because with good money you can buy good food, a personal trainer and surgery.) The rich are like gods for people like him. He will never reach them but he still hopes he will be among them if he just pushes harder. Delusion.

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    • “Poverty exists not because we cannot feed the poor, but because we cannot satisfy the rich.”

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  15. Anonymous June 10, 2021

    Your missing the entire point, which is why you don’t understand how America works. Your just bitching about things that happen on different scales every where.

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    • On the outside it seems America works well – for 1% of its inhabitants. The rest are slaves, drug addicts or imprisoned.

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  16. Anonymous June 11, 2021

    Your right. Slaves and imprisoned drug addicts. All 350 million of us. No one owns the houses and cars and cabins and condos.. there all empty just sitting vacant. And I don’t how we produce and export more food then any other country.. it’s a mystery because what you said nailed it. Thats us. Got any clean needles?

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    • Anonymous June 11, 2021

      Empty houses? It’s unclear what kind of argument that is supposed to be.
      Maximized export and worn out soil while the inland becomes a desert. Good luck for the future.

    • Green Boots June 12, 2021

      The most recent data from the National Alliance to End Homelessness puts the number of homeless people at 552,830. There are more than 17 million vacant homes across the U.S., according to the Census Bureau.

      Many of the vacant housing units on the market are homes that have been foreclosed and are now owned by banks, according to Business Insider.

  17. Anonymous June 11, 2021

    It was a joke. Your dumber then a bag of hammers.

    • Anonymous June 12, 2021

      A bag of hammers doesn’t even have consciousness. It doesn’t make sense.

  18. Anonymous June 12, 2021

    Justine is arresting politicians now. Think it’s time you gave your own country some attention. Canada… no free speech and a complete lunatic in charge. You guys rock! Oh wait.. no you don’t.

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    • another fail June 12, 2021

      I looked it up, ten minute inquiry. It was a good thing.
      That guy violated covid-19 restrictions, was already fined and was going to do it right again. That he got arrested shows there are no priviliges for politicians in Canada. Those Mounties did well.
      In contast to the US. Where you can incite a killing mob and get free because your corrupt senate friends let you walk free. Canada wins.
      Of course said politician is the leader of a right-wing populist, climate change denial, racist, “Canada and corporations first” party. When conservatives are not consiervative enough, there are your lunatics.

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  19. Anonymous June 12, 2021

    Of course! Because fascism must be defended at all times. It’s in the Canadian coloring book of rules. Canada 🇨🇦 is a clown country. Everyone knows that. Stop. Just stop. Accept your fate. Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 is a better country.

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  20. Anonymous June 13, 2021

    I vote a straight democratic ticket. Have for decades. But that’s going change now. Biden/Harris is enough to make anyone with half a mind change to an independent.

  21. The total US prisoner population in 2020 is roughly 2.2 million (indeed 21% of all the global prison population) or 0.66% with the USA having a population of 330.000 in 2020.

    Now, the number of the prisoners of all facilities answering to the GULag (Head Camp Administration – it is an abbreviation of the name of Soviet correctional institution, not the name of prison or labour camp) in the years 1948-1953 (last five years of Stalin tenure) was 2.1-2.4 million people.what with the population of USSR growing from 178 to 188 million gives us 1.17-1.25%.

    In other words, the population of the incarcerated citizens in the GULag system alone (there were also regular prisons for people deemed unfit for physical labour, but they housed only a small percentage of prisoners) in the years 1948-1953 was twice as high as the percentage of incarcerated Americans in 2020.

    Now, add the fact that from a substantial number of the prisoners during the Stalin’s reign were political prisoners who, from the perspective of any liberal, democratic country such as USA, were completely innocent. Of course, you might agree that some things you can go to prison in USA shouldn’t be crimes (e.g. possession of drugs) but it’s not that a substantial number of people in American prisons are political prisoners, like in USSR in the late 1940s/early 1950s.

    So, sure, USA have a lot of prisoners. Every fifth prisoner is incarcerated in American prison. And somehow USSR managed to be far, far worse. The joke’s on you, Uncle Joe.

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