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The American Communist Party Lives!

Posted on Friday, May 5, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By David Lewis Schaefer

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With the breakup of its patron, the Soviet Union, more than three decades ago, one might have thought that the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) would similarly have met the fate of the dodo bird. But, while reporting a membership of only a few thousand, it survives.

Periodically, the CPUSA announces policy stances on the issues of the day. It has, for instance, worked through an affiliated organization, Housing Justice for All (HJFA), to pressure the New York State government to extend its COVID ban on allowing landlords to evict tenants for nonpayment of their rent.

As Cea Weaver, a campaign coordinator for HJFA who advocates thoroughgoing Marxist doctrine on her Twitter account, explained in 2019, “Private property including and kind of ESPECIALLY homeownership is a weapon of white supremacy” (her caps). Apparently, just owning your own home (rather than having it owned by the state) is evil!

As New York City Democrat Councilman Bob Holden observed, communist organizations like HJFA and elected officials aligned with them had in the past “hidden in the shadows,” but now “proudly display their affiliations.” The communist-linked group forms part of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance, which is sponsored by a “nonprofit” organization called VOCAL-NY, which reports having received eight grants worth over $1.1 million to support its activities from the Open Society Foundation – an instrument of capitalist billionaire turned leftist social reorganizer George Soros.

The preamble to the CPUSA constitution proclaims its devotion to the achievement of “Bill-of-Rights socialism” in the USA, where working people – those who produce all the riches of society – will have political power and will collectively decide priorities for investment and distribution of our nation’s wealth.” But it appears that – judging from its now minuscule membership – its success will depend far more on the contribution of what Vladimir Lenin called “useful idiots.”

Lenin reportedly claimed that capitalists would sell the communists the “rope” with which to hang them. But gullible, sometimes plutocratic, Western sympathizers ranging over time from John Reed, eulogist of the 1917 Revolution, to British socialists Sidney and Beatrice Webb, right up to Bernie Sanders, who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, and Soros appear eager to supply the rope at no charge whatsoever.

It’s fair to ask why any of this should matter today – especially since the CPUSA’s goals and policies are now shared by numerous larger and better-known political organizations.

One answer lies in the preamble of the CPUSA’s constitution, a statement of unabashed “pride” in the party’s history – presumably its support for Soviet, Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Latin American communist tyranny and imperialism, and of domestic subversion in this country. Thanks to the internet, the CPUSA is able to spread its messages, such as they are, via weekly newsletters. (Don’t ask me how, but I wound up on their mailing list.) Its website also offers regular broadcasts titled “Good Morning, Revolution!”

Here are some excerpts from the party’s most recent program:

“All of humanity is faced with multiple, interlocking crises–in the economy, in our shared environment, in extreme weather disasters, in the growing danger of pandemics. These crises expose the rampant income inequality, the disparate impacts of these crises on those facing exploitation and oppression, and, in the U.S. especially, the inhumane lack of health care for all.”

“These are crises of capitalism, an inhumane, exploitative, oppressive economic system of greed… Ultimately, to solve the challenges facing humanity, we need to replace capitalism with socialism, a system of cooperation, democracy, and equality.”

“As we adopted this program, the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic exploded around us. This pandemic has laid bare the economic weakness of capitalism. The system is unable to adequately compensate workers for lost income, unable to deal with the economic devastation for both small businesses that crash with only a few weeks of being shut down and the workers who are laid off as a result, unable to take the necessary concerted collective action when saddled with a financial system geared only to endless profit-taking instead of prioritizing the health of the entire population.”

“An economic system that demands death for seniors in order to “restart the economy” is a system that is morally and economically bankrupt…Capitalism is a cause of much of the problems we face, and is also the main obstacle to finding real and lasting solutions. We need a system that prioritizes the needs of the people before the greed of the few, the 1%.”

From this program, one would never know such facts as that: the COVID virus in all likelihood emanated from a communist Chinese lab; the U.S. led the world in developing treatments for it, including multiple vaccines; the Biden administration in a flurry of deficit spending lavished funding on the unemployed (whether or not their unemployment was due to COVID); in 2019 just before the pandemic, median family income in the U.S. increased by 6.4%, the largest annual increase since 1967, all under the much-maligned Trump administration – 45% more growth in a year than the Obama administration had achieved in eight years; and every racial group experienced a record high growth in median family income that year, including a 5.7% increase for whites, 7.9% or blacks, 7.1% for Hispanics, and 10.6% for Asian Americans. Nor would one know that the single most destructive human-caused environmental disaster was the 1987 explosion of the (poorly designed) nuclear reactor in Chernobyl (then part of the Soviet Union).

As for the CPUSA’s current foreign-policy stance, one can glean a sense from the title of one of its most recent “online classes,” arranged to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Give Peace a Chance: China and the World Today, a presentationbyCarlos Martinez, co-editor, Friends of Socialist China.”

But just in case you worried that CPUSA hadn’t kept up to date with its politics, one of its current policy slogans is “Male Supremacy Hurts All of Us.” And to confirm that its program is backed by the intellectual elite, it lists as one of its “organizers” in “the fight against Trump” and for “class consciousness, democracy, equality,” and socialism one Scott Hiley, holder of a doctorate from Yale who has been a party member since 2010. While having “taught French, literature, history, and philosophy at the high school, college, and post-graduate level” Hiley has remained active in “struggles against austerity and for education, justice and labor rights.”

One can easily imagine Marx, Lenin, and Stalin having a good laugh at that denunciation of “male supremacy” – just as Marx (who routinely used a disparaging epithet for his black son-in-law) would have taken little interest in the party’s billing itself as a champion of civil rights. But most hilariously of all, what is super-rich Soros doing aligning himself with a movement that denounces income inequality?

It may be that the CPUSA will never regain anything like its former strength – largely because much of its ostensibly egalitarian/populist program has either been adopted or is widely advocated by so many politicians of the left, from Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on. But the continuance of its “educational” programming, as well as its alignment with other left-liberal groups in urging such policies as abolishing the right of landlords to evict nonpaying tenants (imagine what that will do to New York City’s housing supply and quality!) evinces the continuing gullibility of all too many Americans, from billionaires to PhD’s to ordinary working people, which demagogic politicos and commentators who aren’t officially Marxists take advantage of.

The best remedy would be a restored education in the principles of American constitutionalism – rather than the New York Times’s widely shared and highly misleading 1619 Project.

David Lewis Schaefer is a Professor of Political Science at College of the Holy Cross.

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DocMumma
DocMumma
10 days ago

There should be a law against the communist party in America. As a veteran, I was trained to fight against communism and all other forms of dictatorial regimes. The common people need to stand up against this anti-American ideology. I want the freedom to succeed or to fail and start over. I believe in the charity of the church and other charity organisations. I don’t want a government babying me, telling me how to live my life, what I can own or where I can live. This ideology needs to be stopped legally and permanently put to bed with laws.

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

Several years ago the American Communist Party announced there really was no more need for it as the Democrats had adopted all the planks in their platform. Let that sink in for a minute

Nancy Eddy
Nancy Eddy
1 year ago

Joe McCarthy was right all along…

Ralph-Roy Ramirez
Ralph-Roy Ramirez
1 year ago

The US Communist party, in all of it’s manifestations and hidden supporters don’t have the guts to stand out in the open, but instead hide in the shadows and continues to manipulate media to distort opportunity and camouflage their communist message on the outskirts of the real world. Hide in the shadows is their mantra and that is where Americans see them. They have no message and they hide in shame.

LMB
LMB
1 year ago

Sounds like the Dem-o-rats platform!!!

James Ring
James Ring
1 year ago

The real communist party in this country however is the Democrat Party. You’ll notice that communists love the word “democracy”, something that our country is not. We were founded to be a Republic.

Unless the MAGA movement can overcome these communists and their allies the RINO’s, the United States as we know it will be over soon.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
1 year ago

They should be fought in any way possible. I’m 75 and have hated communists since I realized what they were when I was 10 or 11.

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

The Head of the Communist Party here is DICTATOR Beijing biden (Communist China Agent) and Communist harris followed by SWAMP QUEEN pelosi and CRYING schumer.
Only a Communist Dictator like Beijing biden would allow OVER 700,000 ILLEGAL ALIEN TERRORIST INVASION to happen on May 11, 2023, with INTENTIONALLY putting AMERICANS LIVES IN DANGER by VIOLATING OUR SOVEREIGNTY, OATH OF OFFICE, NATIONAL SECURITY LAWS AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.
Not to mention DICTATOR Beijing biden has allowed Communist China to put ILLEGAL Police Departments on UNITED STATES soil (Communist China SPY Ballon’s) and has done NOTHING about it except go after PRESIDENT TRUMP for NO crime committed for pure political purposes so it would take the attention off Communist DICTATOR Beijing biden and Hunter which BOTH are GUILTY of ESPIONAGE and HIGH TREASON.

joe mchugh
joe mchugh
1 year ago

The Democrat Party has to be ecstatic over this resurgence of the Communist Party in America. The Democrats can now say “See, we aren’t Marxists like them, you can trust us to be moderates who only want a little socialism to correct the class disparities that now exist in our society.”

Psst! The Democrats promote all ten measures * found on page 60 of “The Communist Manifesto”, while at the same time they denounce the ten amendments found in the Bill of Rights. They are especially hostile to the Second Amendment because they understand that you cannot abuse the inherent rights of an armed populace.

I’ll say it right now, liberals, progressives, Marxists and communists are all peas in the same socialist pod. Thomas Jefferson condemned the very concept of socialism when he said: The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

  • “The Communist Manifesto” ISBN-13: 978-1-85984-898-2
Ann S
Ann S
1 year ago

Communism doesn’t work. Not in good times or in bad. They couldn’t have done better during the pandemic. Brandon is still paying people to stay home and all it created was inflation. The government doesn’t have any money. The people pay the government to spend it but not waste it and that is what communist regimes do. As we have seen we are trillions of dollars in debt of which we will not recover. It created inflation. Depression is in our future. And no communist party anywhere can stop it. Brandon can’t stop it, what he has created.

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
1 year ago

Becoming commie ? We’re already 90% commie. I keep waiting from
someone from the “state” to knock on my door and tell me that my 1300 sq ft
house currently occupied by my wife and I will have to accept 2 residents who are
“less advantaged”.. Just like what we saw in Dr Zhivago

PaulE
PaulE
1 year ago

Socialism / Communism has been present and thriving in the United States since the early part of the 20th century. Originally, those advocates of collectivism referred to themselves by what they really were, as the general public didn’t fully comprehend or appreciate the innate threat such an ideology posed to our country, After the humanitarian horrors of communist Russia finally started leaking to the western world in the late 1920s and early 1930s, American socialists and communists rebranded themselves as “Progressives” while continuing to push the exact same ideology and agenda here in the United States. Now over a 100 years later, so-called “Progressives” have systematically and thoroughly infiltrated and seized control of nearly all our federal government institutions and most of our large, urban cities. All while the vast majority of the public ignored most of the warning signs all along the way for decades and decades.

We did not reach our current state of affairs overnight. What was originally a small problem that could have been dealt with in a relatively quick and painless manner decades ago has morphed over time into a massive threat that will fully consume the patient, if drastic action is not taken very, very soon. That is usually how it works in medicine as well. Where a slight injury or disease is easily treated in the very early stages but left unchecked and allowed to fester long enough can prove fatal to the patient without drastic procedures.

What we are experiencing today is the culmination of decades of ignoring the growing threat until it now touches every aspect of modern society and impacts the future of the country. CPUSA has no real need to exist anymore, as its ideology and agenda has been fully adopted and embraced by the Democrat Party that is today completely dominated by the same like-minded socialists and communists that once made up the CPUSA.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Been “underground” till now & came alive in protests during Trump admin to date

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

CPUSA is antithetical to the Constitution and they should be shot. Things are bad enough.

Kdesq
Kdesq
1 year ago

What is the article talking about in terms of their size? They literally have tens of millions of members, some don’t know it, but those in power sure do in the Democrat party. Look what they just did in New York outlawing gas ranges. If New York’s not part of the communist party, what is?

Thomas Wuthrich
Thomas Wuthrich
1 year ago

Communists are already running the country. Comrade Bernie advocates taking from “billionehs” any money over 999.9 million bucks. I bet he also wants to confiscate mansions…er…that is, if someone owns more than three of them. Comrade Bernie owns three. But only three! If he buys another, he may have to adjust his demands.

Bob L.
Bob L.
1 year ago

The CPUSA is only a distraction. We all know the real communist power brokers reside within the Democratic Party

granky
granky
1 year ago

The communist (socialist liberal democrats) have captured the hearts and minds of our young people. They did this thru taking over our education system over the last 50 years. Unless there are drastic changes and/or drastic actions our country will soon fall by the wayside. The majority of our youth think socialism is the way to go.

Myrna Wade
Myrna Wade
1 year ago

Ending freedom and adding as many regulations as possible to every part of American activity is bad for America no matter what the name of the organization is.

Veteran
Veteran
1 year ago

The communist party in this country has created a myriad of shell organizations like the Democratic Socialists, and taken over a willing Democrat Party. Maoists and Stalinists abound in Washington, D.C. if you truly want to inform yourself about the communist invasion of our country read, or watch Trevor Loudon, Curtis Bowers, or David Horowitz, they have great insight into the ways these rats have infested our country. It’s scary the way this mental disorder has gripped even, or especially the super rich because its lack of morality enables unbridled greed and lust for power.

Greg Snyder
Greg Snyder
1 year ago

If you believe as I do that Barack Obama;s real father was Frank Marshal Davis who impregnated Barack’s mother while working as a representative of the American Communist Party then you know the Communist party is still alive and well. They hid themselves among the “liberal” movement which then transformed itself into the “Progressive” movement before it found a permanent home in the Democrat Party around the beginning of this century. They are working hard to erase or change history so that the uneducated will not understand the eventual outcome. A study of the Russian Revolution and Lenin’s philosophy gives a direct indication of the outcome of the path of the current administration.

Charles John Radliff
Charles John Radliff
1 year ago

C’mon, the Democrat Party is the new American Communist Party

Chet
Chet
1 year ago

We are already controlled by the CCP with the majority of our prescription meds are manufactured in China! You think the FDA checks all the meds coming off the boats?

tlanger
tlanger
1 year ago

The communist outfit ought to get office space along with the Chinese police stations and split the rent.

Marta Alvarez
Marta Alvarez
1 year ago

I don’t know about you, but it has been obvious to me for a while (since Obama’s time) that the Communist Party has taken over the Democratic Party and that the Dems have allowed this to happen. Maybe I am too familiar with the Communist ways because of my background, but Obama’s ways, his flirting with Cuba’s narco dictatorship, his willingness to support Colombia’s Communist narco guerrilla, the way he referred to our Democracy in a subtle but calculated ways, all this led me to that conclusion.

PapaYEC
PapaYEC
1 year ago

They’re redundant and obsolete, since the Obama/Biden Rat Party and Deep State took up communism and fascism. And, no, FASCISM IS NOT AND NEVER WAS “RIGHT WING”. Fascism and Communism are FAR LEFT SOCIALIST CONSTRUCTS AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN.

Rik
Rik
1 year ago

White Supremacy? . . . I’m so tired of being discriminated against because I’m White and it’s been going on since the early 70’s and I’m going to fight back whenever I encounter it!

tempus
tempus
1 year ago

“With the breakup of its patron, the Soviet Union, more than three decades ago, one might have thought that the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) would similarly have met the fate of the dodo bird.” Especially since the US has implemented most of the Communist Manifesto. I guess that it is trying to get the remainder implemented.

Marx may “have taken little interest in the party’s billing itself as a champion of civil rights.” That may have been true for Marx, but not for Stalin. Under Stalin’s directives, the Communists organized and orchestrated the civil rights movement. Many of King’s top supporters and advisors were Communists.

Butch
Butch
1 year ago

The criminal minded figured out that all they had to do was become a politicians, judge, lawyer, etc. The legal system has been corrupted and morally polluted. Big disappointment of our country. CPUSA, is an illegal criminal organization and unconstitutional. Our country was not founded on collectivism.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 year ago

I submit communist, socialist, or Democrat… what’s the difference? Pelosi caucused with them for decades and now they actively own seats of power in government. (See “the Squad”)

Pat R
Pat R
1 year ago

Not surprised at all that Soros has put $millions into the CPUSA coffers. I’ve asked this question more times than I can remember – Why has George Soros not been excommunicated from the USA as he has been from other smart countries, including his home country? I guess the answer is his $$$BILLIONS buys his continued citizenship. BTW, I read back when Obama was running, that he was financially backed by Soros via his funded organizations to funnel money toward Obama’s presidential run.

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 year ago

Soros is corruption anything that is bad in this country is funded by him CPUSA is just one thing funded by him anything evil and that can destroy this country he is behind it he hates this country and everyone in it.He enjoys

Bobbi
Bobbi
1 year ago

I think if you support the communist party, then you should move to a communist country where you will be much happier.

Michael Quinn
Michael Quinn
1 year ago

The United States is the only place on earth where a person can sit in his pajamas all day, in his mother’s basement, trolling his communist/Democrap bilge on the internet. What a wonderful country!!
Try it in one of your worker’s party paradises like Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, etc, etc, etc.

tika
tika
1 year ago

obviously our government wasn’t thinking about anything other than selling all of us out.

PS
PS
1 year ago

It’s called the Democratic Party.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

The CPUSA became the DPUSA about the time WW2 ended…

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