… is from page 79 of Deirdre McCloskey’s important 2019 book, Why Liberalism Works: How True Liberal Values Produce a Freer, More Equal, Prosperous World for All :
The communist, fascist, and national socialist régimes dating from 1917, 1922, and 1933, all of them versions of socialism inspired by nationalism, left upwards of one hundred million people dead in their pursuit of planning rationality and national honor.
DBx: Quite a legacy.
Fortunately for us Americans, we would never resort to such brutality and murderousness. We are, after all, a peaceful people tolerant of diverse political and ideological views. Even when we disagree, we respect each other’s views and never attempt to change those views with any means other than calm, rational, and intelligent discussion.
And, at any rate, our traditional love of liberty and unyielding suspicion of the exercise of discretionary power by the state would save us from such a terrible fate.