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"fully a third of America's youth have favorable views of socialism"
There's a method to their madness.
That's the takeaway from a recent Communist Party head's journal article explaining how the communists can work within the Democratic Party and even "capture" it entirely. The article also explains the decline of anti-communism, citing union ties to the Communist Party as an example.
The article was in response to a fellow communist who suggested dumping the communist label and instead taking root as a "socialist group within the Democratic Party."
"Sims warns," Loudon writes, "it would be dangerous to dissolve entirely into the Democrats. Communists must keep their options open, working both inside and outside the Democratic Party as circumstances dictate."
Here's a sample (emphasis added by Loudon):
But, clearly, the U.S. has entered a new political moment. Heightened class and democratic struggle, the Great Recession and its aftermath, Obama‘s ascent to the presidency, the assertive posture of the AFL-CIO, the growth of social networks, the counter-revolt of the extreme right, all have combined to produce an unprecedented situation – and opportunity.
U.S. ideological life is also in flux. A broad radicalization process with its roots in capitalism’s deep systemic crisis is at work. As polls repeatedly indicate, a broad left current flows in the streams of public consciousness: fully a third of America’s youth have favorable views of socialism.
Anti-communism too is not the force it once was. Just recently in the deep south, a labor council bought an ad for the Illinois People's World annual banquet, congratulating the PeoplesWorld.org and its labor editor, John Wojcik, for a prize-winning article, an inconceivable event in the not too distant past. In Connecticut, state AFL-CIO leaders participate in PW events where the CPUSA anniversary is celebrated; in Cleveland a well-known communist, Rick Nagin, running in a non-partisan race for City Council received the city’s AFL-CIO endorsement and nearly won...
It is certainly the case that in the U.S. the real stuff of politics and governance occurs through the two mass political parties. Here is where the action is and it is here, mainly through the vehicle of the Democratic Party, that the peoples' movement fights for its interests. Serious politics cannot stand apart from these struggles...
For the foreseeable future Democratic Party circles will be an area of engagement for those wanting to make a difference.
Read the rest of the article over at NZ Patriot.
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