In an email Tom Woods describes a libertarian who opines that the communists in the USSR were not evil but “wrong,” and “wrong in good faith.”
This is a rather autistic view of things.
It may have been true of a small number of socialist intellectuals who were true believers. These people earnestly sought to raise the standard of living of the workers and the peasants and used an inappropriate means to that end: socialism.
But it was not true of the actual communist regimes. Beria was not animated by good intentions. William Lane Craig quotes Richard Wurmbrand:
The communist torturers often said, “There is no God, no Hereafter, no punishment for evil. We can do what we wish.”
I have heard one torturer even say, “I thank God, in whom I don’t believe, that I have lived to this hour when I can express all the evil in my heart.” He expressed it in unbelievable brutality and torture inflicted on prisoners.
Such good faith.
It’s generally very difficult to be a well-meaning moron. Your mistakes will reliably corrupt your heart.