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Communist Party USA - in a nutshell

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Founded in 1919, the Communist Party has helped win important changes in our country. Communists helped organize the great industrial unions including steel, meatpacking and auto. Communists were pioneers in the 1930s in the fight for Social Security, unemployment compensation, the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week. They took a lead in the fight against lynching and to save the Scottsboro Nine. Communists were among those who developed militant direct action tactics - such as the sit-down strikes that helped win unionization of the auto industry. At the height of the Great Depression communist neighborhood clubs organized mass unemployed councils that put back the furniture of evicted neighbors. In rural areas, communists organized to block bank auction of foreclosed farms.

Fighting Jim Crow, communists helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. During the Spanish Civil War and in World War II, Communists volunteered to fight fascism. Many died in battle. In the Korean War and early days of the war in Vietnam, Communists were among the few who openly opposed the war. Their pioneering work helped build a huge peace movement.

In the labor movement of the 1970s , 80s and 90s communist workers along with other progressive rank and filers helped build caucuses to fight for more democracy, diversity and affirmative action and against "business unionism."

In the 1970's Communists led the movement to free Angela Davis continuing the party's commitment to defend victims of political repression. We worked for peace and nuclear disarmament. Communists always focus on opposing the U.S. government's role in supporting dictatorial regimes abroad, from apartheid in South Africa to the fascist dictator Pinochet in Chile.


Communists believe that social change can only be accomplished through the united action of mass movements which express the majority will of the people. Peaceful methods of change are not only the right thing to do, they are the most effective way to unite and mobilize the greatest majorities.

Violence, on the other hand, is a tool of the big corporations and the governments they control. To preserve their power, they use violence against workers' and people's movements.

In contrast, Communists seek to change society peacefully. We work to expand every democratic and electoral avenue as part of our fight for working class political and economic power.

Our party believes that it is possible to make fundamental transformations using the electoral process, the Constitution and especially the Bill of Rights.

We believe that the broad participation of working people in every area of life is the gateway to a more just and humane future. Socialism offers the best environment for democracy to fully flourish because it sharply limits the power of corporations to dominate politics and the economy. Socialism's democratic potential can only be realized, however, if broad sections of the people are wholeheartedly engaged in every aspect of society's decision-making processes.

Under capitalism, the Communist Party USA fights to expand the limited democratic rights we now have. For example, we fight for the Employee Free Choice Act and the right of workers to join unions.

We are proud of our record against undemocratic laws that upheld racism, sexism, or other forms of discrimination. By standing up to the McCarthy witch hunts, Communists defended democracy. We call for abolition of torture, total reform of the prison system, and an end to the death penalty.

Communists see the struggle for democracy as empowering people, just as we see people empowering democracy.

The working class and working people as a whole are the overwhelming majority of society. The working class creates everything that the world's people need to survive and thrive - from food, housing, health care, energy, education to transportation, music and art. Because working people make the country go, they are also uniquely positioed to change the society. Workers, when united and working together with other oppressed people, have the power to change the world.

The Road to Socialism USA, the program of the Communist Party, is aimed guiding the struggle to eventually win political, economic and social power for working people so they can make sure that everyone fairly and equally enjoys the fruits of their labor
 

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Well Communism has worked so well for so many countries, why not bring it here?

Oh wait...
 

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Remember the era of Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, a vibrant middle class and the The House Un-American Activities Committee when commies and other socialist had to hide in the sewers of America.

An era when nuts were confined within their shells.
 

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That explains the popularity of communist party members now in our congress. ;)
 

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I remember how many times we were told Commuism was dead in America, never was a great problem...

Now it's openly discussed and encouraged.

These are the enemy from within.
 

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We need a new communist movement to straighten out some of these corporate loving republicans and democrats.
 

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The communist party will never be a player, ever .. as long as we suffer such a great over-population problem as we do.

Our population mismanagement problem fosters over-population which by its very nature compels hierarchical socioeconomic systems promoting dog-eat-dog neurotic competition in a win-lose zero-sum environment.

Communism's equal-everything idealism cannot gain a foothold in such an environment, as too many people, both in the worker class and especially the management-owner class will never voluntarily relinquish their competitive effort as long as the over-population condition and the scarcity it facilitates would cost them their ability to feed themselves (etc.) during the transition, which would be a very, very long one.

If communists-socialists want to see their ideology become a player they will most certainly have to implement in stages ..

.. The first stage being that of getting the population change rate considerably negative for about 100 years or so.

What with Catholics living in squalor still breeding like Pope-encouraged rabbits and Muslims doing the same in the name of democracy majority for Allah, not to mention in America the communists' self-defeating support for open-borders in America ..

.. I doubt we have anything to worry about from the communists-socialists, nothing whatsoever.
 

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The communist party will never be a player, ever .. as long as we suffer such a great over-population problem as we do.

Our population mismanagement problem fosters over-population which by its very nature compels hierarchical socioeconomic systems promoting dog-eat-dog neurotic competition in a win-lose zero-sum environment.

Communism's equal-everything idealism cannot gain a foothold in such an environment, as too many people, both in the worker class and especially the management-owner class will never voluntarily relinquish their competitive effort as long as the over-population condition and the scarcity it facilitates would cost them their ability to feed themselves (etc.) during the transition, which would be a very, very long one.

If communists-socialists want to see their ideology become a player they will most certainly have to implement in stages ..

.. The first stage being that of getting the population change rate considerably negative for about 100 years or so.

What with Catholics living in squalor still breeding like Pope-encouraged rabbits and Muslims doing the same in the name of democracy majority for Allah, not to mention in America the communists' self-defeating support for open-borders in America ..

.. I doubt we have anything to worry about from the communists-socialists, nothing whatsoever.
People are competitive because of capitalism not of an inherited character.
 

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We need a new communist movement to straighten out some of these corporate loving republicans and democrats.
Have you heard of Crony-Capitalism or Corporatism? We are not living in a Capitalistic society at this present moment. Corporations are hand in hand with the government and use the power of the government to achieve their goals.

In a true Capitalistic society a corporation can only offer you a product, service, or a job.
 

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Have you heard of Crony-Capitalism or Corporatism? We are not living in a Capitalistic society at this present moment. Corporations are hand in hand with the government and use the power of the government to achieve their goals.

In a true Capitalistic society a corporation can only offer you a product, service, or a job.
I agree, but it was the radical lefts who pushed for change in the early 1900's. For example the new deal.....
 

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People are competitive because of capitalism not of an inherited character.
Yes, there isn't, so much, a single human nature in this regard.

The socioeconomic system in which we live greatly dictates our response.

The human nature at play here is adaptability.

Regardless, we can only adapt so long to harmful conditions before the long-term effects ingrain negative consequences that threaten us as a species.

We need eras of variety to keep balanced and continue growing.
 

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Yes, there isn't, so much, a single human nature in this regard.

The socioeconomic system in which we live greatly dictates our response.

The human nature at play here is adaptability.

Regardless, we can only adapt so long to harmful conditions before the long-term effects ingrain negative consequences that threaten us as a species.

We need eras of variety to keep balanced and continue growing.
I agree,
 

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So you believe humans are not competitive by nature?
 

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I remember how many times we were told Commuism was dead in America, never was a great problem...

Now it's openly discussed and encouraged.

These are the enemy from within.
Many communist don't openly identify themselves as communist or socialist, they hide behind the labels of either liberal or progressive.
 

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So you believe humans are not competitive by nature?
No...I don't believe in genetic determinism nor I believe competition is the cause of our economic system.
 

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Remember the era of Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, a vibrant middle class and the The House Un-American Activities Committee when commies and other socialist had to hide in the sewers of America.

An era when nuts were confined within their shells.
Wow.
I guess someone has to be nostalgic for Joe McCarthy's witch-hunting.
Hating communists is a lot like hating witches- there's about the same amount of them and they have about the same amount of influence on your society. Same degree of threat.
And the same amount of supporters. Nothing like enjoying an easy target on a lazy afternoon.
 

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Many communist don't openly identify themselves as communist or socialist, they hide behind the labels of either liberal or progressive.
*Laughs* Obama is a commi right..... he's as capitalistic as bush:lamo
 

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Wow.
I guess someone has to be nostalgic for Joe McCarthy's witch-hunting.
Hating communists is a lot like hating witches- there's about the same amount of them and they have about the same amount of influence on your society. Same degree of threat.
And the same amount of supporters. Nothing like enjoying an easy target on a lazy afternoon.
Do you know what is interesting, JFK was an ally of Joe McCarthy's hunt for communist.
And they did uncover more than a few commies in government.
 

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No...I don't believe in genetic determinism nor I believe competition is the cause of our economic system.
In the past, why did humans compete so much for resources instead of cooperate to achieve their means?

We only saw this cooperation within small tribal societies and environments.

I will admit that cooperation is one of the fundamental cornerstones of success within a society, but we can't turn a blind eye to the successes of competition, nor dismiss competition as being brought about by some sort of modern system, when history proves otherwise.
 

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Do you know what is interesting, JFK was an ally of Joe McCarthy's hunt for communist.
And they did uncover more than a few commies in government.
And so? JFK was an elitest, try to duped cuba... Couldn't
 

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*Laughs* Obama is a Commie right..... he's as capitalistic as bush:lamo
Obama may be a Red Diaper Baby but I never said Obama was a commie. I except Obama's own definition of himself. "I never looked upon myself as an American but as an internationalist."

Why does it appear that those who either support or defend Obama never seem to have read Obama's own book, "Dreams From My Father" ?
 

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In the past, why did humans compete so much for resources instead of cooperate to achieve their means?

We only saw this cooperation within small tribal societies and environments.

I will admit that cooperation is one of the fundamental cornerstones of success within a society, but we can't turn a blind eye to the successes of competition, nor dismiss competition as being brought about by some sort of modern system, when history proves otherwise.

successes of competition ???

Success means something different to everyone. Some people find success as exploiting others for the sake of profits. Other find humane conditions a necessity.
 

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Obama may be a Red Diaper Baby but I never said Obama was a commie. I except Obama's own definition of himself. "I never looked upon myself as an American but as an internationalist."

Why does it appear that those who either support or defend Obama never seem to have read Obama's own book, "Dreams From My Father" ?
HAHA Laughs

Just because he said he rather take classes from socialist teachers doesn't mean he is a socialist. He obviously thought those teachers were more interesting....

Can you find anything he did in office that is labeled as socialism ?
 

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I wish people would stop referring to democracy and communism as zero-sum, either-or games. All the evidence proves that a combination is the most successful. Most modern, healthy polities need some degree of socialized systems and free market to attain the highest standard of living.

But there's no conveying this to the old generation and their deluded offspring who still have a deep-seated fear of the red tide.
 

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So you believe humans are not competitive by nature?
No, Usain Bolt should 100% run at the same speed as the fat guy in the crowd to make it a fair race :roll:.
Maybe even we should eliminate competition or incentive to work, that will get them motivated :doh
 
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