I was a member of the CPUSA in 1936, a member of its state committee in
then-industrial Ohio, where the party was meaningful. Neither then nor
at any other time did it have the strength for any decision it made to
be disastrous for the political history of the U.S. Had it abandoned
Roosevelt it would simply have been reduced to its present irrelevance
half a century earlier. The attitude of the workingclass was: the
PRESIDENT says, if he was a workingman, he'd join a union! Wow!
Carrol Cox wrote:
> Jeffrey Blankfort wrote:
> > (2) what gave the movement
> > its vitality as well as it legitimacy was its recognition that when it
> > came to foreign policy there was and remains no fundamental difference
> > between the Democrat and Republican parties.
> I think it could be argued that the single most disastrous political
> error in U.S. history was the decision of the CPUSA in 1936 to support
> Roosevelt rather than maintain independence of two ruling parties. Even
> miniscule reforms are better won by independent action than by dickering
> with the dems.
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