Oh, Come Now, Stalin’s Gulags Were Fun!

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From The Tom Woods Letter:

Last week journalist and Bernie Sanders supporter Sameera Khan posted the following list on Twitter, purporting to tell the truth about Stalin’s gulags — which weren’t really so bad after all!

– Two week annual holidays at home

– Marriage allowed

– Cabins for married prisoners

– Family stay with prisoners allowed

– Wages equal to common citizens

– Sending savings to family allowed

– No prisoner uniform

– No leg-irons and handcuffs

– Common living, no cells

– Freedom of movement inside Gulag area

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– Awards, rewards and reliefs for prisoners

– Education, music and theater for prisoners

– 80% cases decided by citizens’ courts

– Gulags were not celled-walled-barbed-wired jail buildings

– Gulags were far-away labor colonies

– Prison affairs managed by prisoners

– Maximum sentence 10 years

– Most sentences up to 5 years

– Sentence revoked on good conduct

– Employment after release

– Equal citizenship rights after release

– Prisoners allowed publishing newspaper

– Freedom of speech allowed

After being called on this, Khan had to retract:

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“I have just found out that the memes I shared re: Stalin’s gulags were inaccurate. My apologies to all those who were offended. I also in no way intended to make light of the tragic mass persecutions they took place under the Stalin regime and I again apologize for sharing this misleading and offensive information.”

Whoops! Just an innocent mistake!

She “in no way intended”…

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