[Marxism] Fwd: The Romance of American Communism | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Mar 25 08:54:04 MDT 2017

Published in 1974, Vivian Gornick’s “The Romance of American Communism” 
falls squarely within this “revisionist” tendency and is a counterpart 
to such films. The book is basically a collection of interviews with 
ex-CPers across the entire USA woven together in a New Journalism style 
that was popular at the time.

As a red diaper baby born in 1935, Gornick was much more a feminist 
activist than a student radical. Her goal in writing such a book was to 
allow ex-CP’ers to tell their stories, warts and all. Obviously 
determined to make their political work seem rooted in the American 
experience and not a virtual spy network as argued by the current crop 
of anti-Communists such as Harvey Klehr, she interviewed people who to a 
large degree never repudiated their past life even though they readily 
admitted that they were dogmatic, manipulative and frequently unethical.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/03/25/the-romance-of-american-communism/

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