The Party's over, Scott

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Tue Oct 31 18:53:54 MST 1995


At 6:21 PM 10/31/95, Chris Bailey wrote:
>
>Hey, Scott, it must be real tough on you guys now the CPs' world-wide
>lie machine has broken down and you're reduced to being part of just
>another absurd sect going nowhere.
>
>If you want an evening's nostalgia may I suggest you go and see Ken
>Loach's new film _Land and Freedom_ when it shows in Chicago. It will
>take you back to the 'good old days' when the CPs could not only
>denounce other communists as "criminals", "fascists" and "anti-
>communists" but could still shoot them in the back too.

The CP - or CPs - have had their share of problems, to put it mildly, but,
Jesus, they weren't and aren't all scum. The leaders may have been
abominable, but the Communist masses did lots of good work creating a
working class culture in America in the 1930s. And the old dinosaurs cared
a lot about African-Americans when socialists and pwogwessives wouldn't
give them the time of day. Lighten up, Bailey.

Doug

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