Castro's Stalinist Law

Saturday, May 31, 2014
By Jay Nordlinger in National Review:

Many times in this column, I have mentioned a criminal charge in Cuba — a charge on which a great many innocent people have been jailed (and subsequently tortured, etc.). That charge is “pre-criminal social dangerousness.” You have not done anything wrong, in the eyes of the Communists, yet. But something tells the Communists that you might.

I have always associated this charge, this concept, with Cuba. But I found something interesting in Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, by Montefiore. In August 1937, Nikolai Yezhov, the secret-police chief, “decreed that children between one and three were to be confined in orphanages but ‘socially dangerous’ children between three and fifteen could be imprisoned ‘depending on the degree of danger.’”