Forwarded from Nestor (morphing)

Tom O'Lincoln suarsos at
Tue Aug 5 00:11:34 MDT 2003


We’re not far apart, but for what its worth, a few responses:

>>even in Germany the designation Marxist was never a swearword as in the
US. West Germany even produced a commemorative stamp for 150th anniversary
of Marx's birth 

I remember the stamp. But that was in 1968. Even in America, Marxist had
stopped being a dirty word by then. But the real dirty word was Communism,
and it was pretty dirty in Germany (not just in the west, either).

>>at least a section of the radicalised students and *youth* movement was
made up of young people of working class origin<<

True in the US as well, especially among non-whites.

>>Even in Germany of the 1950s and 1960s a figure like Willi Brandt, who
had started off as a militant of the Marxist Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei
(SAP) in the anti-nazi underground

But what was he in the fifties, that’s the question? The quintessential
anti-Communist hero. We heard all about him in America.

>>Communists amy have kept their heads down, but people who identified
themselves with communism were often elected as the equivalent of shop

This happened in America too. The most obvious examples would have been in
a union like the Longshoremen (ILWU) where a CP fellow traveller named
Harry Bridges was in charge, but presumably also the electrical union UE.
In California, there was even Communist influence in the Teamsters. Which
was a pity in some ways, since the CP lined up with the Teamsters against
Cesar Chavez’s farm workers.

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