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Laura Nicolae, a student at Harvard studying applied mathematics, wrote a November 20 op-ed for The Harvard Crimson describing the evils of Communism.
Her father grew up under Communism, and in his 20s he risked death to escape the oppressive regime. In the United States, he married a fellow Romanian immigrant (who emigrated after the collapse of Communism), and they had two daughters.
She wrote, "Roughly 100 million people died at the hands of the ideology my parents escaped. They cannot tell their story. We owe it to them to recognize that this ideology is not a fad, and their deaths are not a joke."
Nicolae described the presence of Marxist sympathies at Harvard. "Walk around campus," she wrote last month, "and you're likely to spot Ché Guevara on a few shirts and button pins. A sophomore jokes that he's declared a secondary in 'Communist ideology and implementation.'"
Guevara was a Marxist guerrilla leader in the mid-20th century, who orchestrated anti-government violence in Latin America. He was also an important player in Fidel Castro's violent Marxist takeover in Cuba.
Nicolae added, "For many students, casually endorsing Communism is a cool, edgy way to gripe about the world."
Her article went on to slam this casual attitude toward the violent ideology of Marxism.
She argued, "After spending four years on a campus saturated with Marxist memes and jokes about Communist revolutions, my classmates will graduate with the impression that Communism represents a light-hearted critique of the status quo, rather than an empirically violent philosophy that destroyed millions of lives."
"Communism," she argued, "cannot be separated from oppression; in fact, it depends upon it. In the Communist society, the collective is supreme. Personal autonomy is nonexistent. Human beings are simply cogs in a machine tasked with producing utopia; they have no value of their own."
Communism's atrocious human rights violations worldwide compelled the Trump administration earlier this year to declare November 7 the National Day for the Victims of Communism.
A November 7 White House press release stated, "Over the past century, Communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence and untold devastation."
The press release went on, "These movements, under the false pretense of liberation, systematically robbed innocent people of their God-given rights of free worship, freedom of association and countless other rights we hold sacrosanct."