The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is set to open a new museum in Washington DC in 2021.
The Victims of Communism Museum will likely open for its first phase around mid-2021. It will be located at 900 15th St. NW.
The museum is funded entirely by donors, according to foundation executive director Marion Smith. It will host events and offer exhibits that incorporate technology. The exhibits will explain the history and legacy of communism and memorialize its victims. Many historians estimate the number of victims worldwide to be approximately 100 million.
“It’s been a longstanding goal of our foundation and supporters to have a museum in Washington, D.C., with permanent and temporary exhibits that tell the many stories of some 40 nations that have been ruled by a single-party communist dictatorship in the last 100-plus years,” Smith said. “On the communism, Marxist angle, we have China, Laos, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, which are still ruled by single-party communist dictatorships.”
Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed legislation in 1993—two years after the fall of the Soviet Union and end of the Cold War—to create the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The foundation has seen a considerable increase in donations over the past few years, hauling in nearly $13 million in 2018 after $2.3 million in 2017 and approximately $665,000 in 2016.
This is a positive development. Hopefully this helps spur more widespread reflection on the errors and crimes of communism, in order that we avoid sliding into similar errors and crimes ourselves.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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