[Marxism] Fwd: California snapshots from “Campaign of the Century” | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 5 11:41:55 MST 2016

Reading Greg Mitchell’s “Campaign of the Century” provides insights not 
only into Upton Sinclair’s 1934 DP “EPIC” campaign for governor of 
California but the social history of the Great Depression as well. In 
the first excerpt, you will see the ramifications of Upton Sinclair 
becoming a Democrat. It is relatively easy to understand why one might 
make that mistake during the New Deal.

The second excerpt is a fascinating account of the rightwing politics of 
Earl Warren and Robert Sproul. Warren served as a 3-term Republican 
governor of California starting in 1943 and would be appointed to the 
Supreme Court by Eisenhower in 1952 in the expectations that he would 
move it in a liberal direction. In fact, for the average person Earl 
Warren is a name associated with progress but as Attorney General of 
California in 1941 he was responsible for rounding up Japanese-Americans 
and putting them into concentration camps. I guess he and the great New 
Deal president saw eye-to-eye on constitutional rights.

The excerpt also has some interesting things to say about Robert Sproul, 
the head of the U. of California. This is the same Sproul whose name 
adorns Sproul Hall and Sproul Plaza at Berkeley. Sproul was a member of 
the notorious Bohemian Club, where rich bastards would walk around naked 
and discuss how to rule the world without interference from the unwashed 


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