Communism on the March
by J. R. Nyquist
Have you ever been to the Website of the Communist Party USA? It’s worth studying, if only to compare the policy positions taken by the Communists with your own. Are you a fellow traveler? Are you a friend or ally of the left? Perhaps, up until now, you have been following the party line unwittingly. And what, pray tell, is the party line? “A better world is possible,” says the Communist Party USA, “a world where people come before profits. That’s socialism. That’s our vision.” The Communists also want us to support the elimination of America’s nuclear arsenal through the observance of “Nuclear Abolition Day.” They want to end the travel ban to Communist Cuba. They condemn Israel’s brutality on the high seas, and support oppressed people everywhere. They are concerned about global warming, and hate the wicked machinations of finance capital.
Communists aren’t likely to support the oppressed of Cuba, North Korea, China, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe. Understandably, the American Communist does not dwell upon the brutalities of Communist rule in other countries. He wants to establish a positive image in order to win new “friends and allies.” As it happens, the Communists in America have countless friends and allies: in schools and universities, on newspapers and on television, even in government.
The leader of the Communist Party USA, Sam Webb, offered the following “verbal remarks” to the 29th National Convention of the Communist Party USA last month: He congratulated Communism’s “friends and allies” on recent achievements. “What a difference between now and five years ago when we convened in Chicago!” he exclaimed. “At that time a Puerto Rican woman raised in the South Bronx didn’t sit on the Supreme Court. Then the president didn’t call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Millions had no health care and no promise of it in the near future…. We weren’t in a position to fight for a progressive agenda, but on the defensive. The pendulum of power didn’t yet tilt in favor of working people, people of color, women and their allies. And, an African American wasn’t president.”
According to Webb, Obama’s election ended “the long night of rule” when the country’s most reactionary groups were in power. The Communists, with help from their allies and friends, had pushed back the reactionaries. But, he warned, “Corporate negligence is killing miners and oil workers” while a “racist and anti-immigrant offensive is thick in the air, the planet’s temperature is rising, debt is piling up, and the right wing and finance capital … are regrouping and trying their damnedest to reconstitute their power.” The key to thwarting rightwing extremism, lectured Webb, is to keep following the applied strategy that “deepened our mass connections” contributing to the “historic victory in 2008….” It is vital, Webb explained, “that we further build and unite the working class based coalition that came together to elect President Obama.” This coalition must grow stronger, in order to “consolidate the victory against rightwing extremism and, in doing so, weaken the capitalist class as a whole.”