The horrors of fascism and nazism are well-known, but there is a massive blind spot in the West when it comes to fully acknowledging the horrors of communism. Unlike fascism, communism is not anathema in the West. Despite the efforts of writers like Solzhenitsyn and others, despite extensive historical records and documents, despite countless eye witness accounts and terrifying personal testimony, the terrible legacy of communism has not ignited the same levels of condemnation in the West as fascism has.
On the contrary, many celebrated intellectuals and thinkers were or are professed communists and either enjoyed or continue to enjoy rewarding careers in academia or in the media despite their admiration or support of the Marxist cause. Some, like Slavoj Zizek, have built an entire careers on the foundations of Marxist apologetics and obtuse French Marxist psychoanalysis. You can talk about communism as a viable political option at any Starbucks in the West without drawing too much objection from anyone sitting at nearby tables. The name Stalin does not inspire great same depths of scorn on the facial expressions of most when his name is mentioned. And of course, no hipster wardrobe would be complete without at least a few items of clothing featuring Comrade Lenin, a red star, hammers-and-sickles, or Che Guevara.
This has always bothered me and it continues to bother me, especially now when the West is seized by a collective paranoia over the rise of fascism.
Don't misunderstand. I am no supporter of fascism; I have no crooked cross in my head. The ideology is evil and loathesome. What seems to separate me from so many others is my conviction that communism / Marxism is just as evil and loathesome and deserves to be addressed and treated with the same contempt.
But for the most part it isn't, and it does not seem like it will ever be. A tremendous shortcoming.