Philip Goldstein pgold at strauss.udel.edu
Sat Apr 15 12:57:25 MDT 1995

	Doug Henwood is right about the CP of the '30's but not about
the CP of the '80's. I was discussing the motives for the recent split,
not the whole history of the CP. My comments are only libelous in that
they challenge a narrow, dogmatic view of the industrial workingclass.
Irwin Marquit, Minnesota, wrote a thorough account of the split. He could
forward it to anyone who is interested, I suppose.
Philip Goldstein

On Sat, 15 Apr 1995, Doug Henwood wrote:

> I don't often find myself defending the CPUSA, but isn't Philip Goldstein's
> remark that the party though "the problems of the African-American were of
> secondary importance" nearly libelous? I thought the CP fought for civil
> rights at a time, the 1930s, when virtually no one else did. Or is this a
> myth? I thought too that many non-Marixst American socalists were
> interested only in the white working class. The CP has done some awful
> things over the years - their appropriation of "Americanism" and tailing
> behind the Dems as well as their idiotic apologies for Stalinism followed
> by their pathetic tailing of Gorby - but it doesn't seem fair to hit them
> with this one.
> Doug
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