nostalgia for McCarthyism?

hoov hoov at
Thu Dec 2 15:43:10 MST 1999

> The CP during the Popular Front days came closest to having a lasting
> impact on inflecting Americanism a wee bit leftward
> But the CPers failed
> nonetheless, and when the political winds changed, their Americanness got
> called into question anyhow
> Yoshie

re. popular front, Earl Browder led-CP's WW2 decision to dissolve itself
was extreme expression.  'Browderism' (for lack of better word) envisioned
continuing no-strike pledge into post-war era that would be characterized
by labor's willingness to cooperate with capital (I think William Foster
used term 'class peace' as pejorative to describe Browder's acceptance of
two-party system and discarding of socialism). But then, didn't Stalin,
thinking that co-existence was possible (even likely) dissolve the
Comintern during the war?

Democrats' decision to dump Henry Wallace in favor of Truman in 1944 was
first indication that above would awry.  Then, FDR (in 1945 speech to
Congress made a couple of months before he died) said something to effect
that the closer to victory the Allies came the more differences between
the Allies became important.

I recall reading somewhere that John Gates (who was editor of *Daily
Worker*) said he couldn't think of an instance in which CP positions
differed from Soviet policy.  And in 'white heat' of anti-Sovietism that
accompanied Truman's cold war/red scare policies, support for 1947
Marshall Plan Stalin was criticizing did nothing to stop purges and
repression.     Michael Hoover

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