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By: Laura Meyers

A research group conducted an international study among college students, asking them to rank 40 historical figures positively or negatively. The study is called “‘Heroes’ and ‘Villains’ of World History Across Cultures.” In the final ranking, former US President George W. Bush was ranked as the 4th most evil, more villainous than Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong.

The top of the list, ranked as most heroic were unsurprising. Such heroes included Albert Einstein, Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther Kind Jr., and Isaac Newton.


The study’s authors concluded that “the impact of time could clearly be seen.”

“For example, the very recent figure of George W. Bush was rated as more negative than Stalin, who was responsible for innumerably more deaths. The effects of temporal distance can also be seen from the almost neutral rating received by Genghis Khan, which is not the result one might have expected given the amount of human suffering and cultural destruction he unleashed on the 13th century.”

Now, however one may feel about Bush Jr., the claim that he was more evil than Stalin or Mao seems a bit of a stretch.

On average, sources say anywhere between 30-55 million deaths were directly linked to the policies of Stalin during his time as leader in the Soviet Union. His biggest offensives include Gulag camps, the Great Terror initiative, and his agreement to a non-aggression pact with the nazis.

One step more heroic than Stalin, according to the study, is Mao, former leader of the People’s Republic of. Mao, undisputedly, is responsible for more civilian deaths than any political leader in history. But dammit, he’s still better than Bush, says the world.

Studies link 50-80 million deaths to Mao’s time as dictator. Mao’s cult of personality included social programs like the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, which resulted in famine, social unrest, mass civilian murder, and all the other rainbows and unicorns that come along with a communist regime.

So, debate the Iraq and Afghanistan wars all you want, but give the poor guy some credit for lowering taxes on the middle class and leading a tireless, personal effort to combat HIV/AIDS and Malaria in Africa.

But I mean, if you think he’s worse than 75 million dead… whatever, so does everyone else.

About The Author

Laura Meyers

Laura is a Kansas girl, born and raised, with three dog siblings and two butt-kicking parents. She is currently an undergrad at Kansas State University fighting commie professors and students, while earning a degree in public relations. Laura is the former Opinion Editor at the K-State Collegian and has written for The Libertarian Republic and Rare. Laura likes to play the drums, shoot guns, sew her own clothes, and be an angsty activist for freedom.

10 Responses


    They might want to put mohammed at #1 they wouldn’t want to offend the muslims…


    The only difference between obama and Hitler is the color of their skin..obama doesn’t even have to round up the Jews ,Christians and the non believers,..obama has his muslim brothers and sisters in arms to do that


    […] Studenților li s-a cerut să clasifice 40 de personalități istorice începând de la cel mai bun/…. Adică poziționare pozitivă sau negativă în clasament. George W. Bush a ajuns pe locul 37, mai rău decât Lenin, Mao și Stalin. Dar, ce să mai zicem când Isus Cristos e pe locul 6, cu un loc deasupra lui Mandela și sub Martin Luther King și Isaac Newton? […]

  4. norcalgrl42

    Are u insane? W helped the middle class? Thats preposterous! Also heisn’t as much evil as he was a stupid little puppet …. WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!!

  5. quinnsysmith

    No surprise since most college campus professors are communist propagandists; still sad to see college students suckered into thinking there’s any difference between authoritarian, totalitarian, anti-human regimes. Democan, republicrat, communist, fascist, etc. it doesn’t matter what they or their party cult members label themselves, or what flag they wrap around them; control freaks and sadists will be control freaks and sadists. Had we Americans been able to hold onto our Constitution, Bill of Rights, founding principals, and sovereignty; Bush, Clinton, Obama, FDR, LBJ, Nixon, etc (and those behind them guiding their imperialistic plans, like Kissenger, Rockefeller, Soros, Z. Brzezinski, and others) would have never come to power in the first place.