My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
November 7th marks an event that changed the course of the world forever.
On that day in 1917 the Bolsheviks (later to call themselves the Communists) seized power in Russia.
Their government would change the face of Russia, and indeed the world. The Communists created
the first modern socialist state, and one of the most efficient killing machines ever. By the time the
Soviet Union ended in 1991, over 30 million innocent people in the Soviet Union alone had been
murdered. But it did not end there. Communism spread to every continent on the globe, and would
encompass one-third of the entire earth. Communism would take half of the Korean peninsula,
where the peninsula remains divided to this day. It has affected millions of Koreans, and even now
has meant that families have and probably will remain divided for years if not decades to come.
Life for most people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea remains a permanent hell as
they are barely allowed beyond subsistence. The legacy of Communism has been mass murder,
genocide and repression on a scale beyond imagination. An estimated 100 million have died
unnatural deaths under Communism, and hundreds of millions of people have had their lives cut
short, ruined or negatively affected by the Communist system in their countries that still have it.
When the Communists came into power in Russia, their intention then as now is to take over the
whole world and make it a socialist utopia. They have made those places they have ruled and still
rule a dystopian hell. The sad thing is that despite all of the evidence from the Communists' own
records of all those people who were arrested, murdered and whole populations exterminated,
Communism and socialism still remain popular. It says a lot wrong about what humanity has not
learned about what Communism and modern socialism are.