I first wrote this post, on another blog, on March 26, 2010. Webb still continues his ranting against the “Right”, still doesn’t realise that joining the Democrats is not an effective strategy.
This will be a very short post.
I am deeply ashamed to see what has become of the CPUSA – a once proud Communist organisation. Every day I read something which confirms that it has abandoned Socialism, and has embraced an imperialist (democrat) agenda topped off with a generous sprinkling of Obama worship.
A new article in Political Affairs Magazine, available here, suggests that the current trends in the CPUSA are traditionally Communist. The author states, for instance, that: “I do not think the current strategic policy of the party really forsakes any of our traditional values…” This author knows nothing about Marxist-Leninist values if he believes that the current platform of the CPUSA is traditional.
And: “Instead of laying the blame for the party’s slow growth at the foot of our strategic policy, perhaps we should instead question whether our failure to significantly grow could be related to the fact that the party is still seen by many in the broader left and especially among the general public as out-of-date in both its traditional terminology and yes, even its name.” So, here the author suggests that it is the name of the party that is the problem. Well, I agree. The CPUSA can no longer be properly called Communist, as it has forsaken Communism. Perhaps a better name would be the Democratic Party – the Sam Webb led (C)PUSA doesn’t seem to be any different than the Democrats – so why not just dissolve and join them?
A third point the author makes: “If the policy of defeating the ultra-right was correct in the 1980s, the 1990s, and 2008, how can it not be just as correct now that we are in a moment of transition toward a time when we can more forcefully go on the offensive?” Clearly, the ultra-right has not been defeated. Since the right is an intregal part of the system, and since the Democrats are part of that system, how can joining with the Democrats help to “defeat” the ultra-right? The Democrats, and their current demi-god Obama, are just as capitalist and imperialist as the worst of the ultra-right, and supporting them will not achieve anything but the strengthening of American imperialism.
When Georgi Dimitrov formulated the idea of uniting against fascism – he was reacting to a violent spectre that was extending its tentacles into every part of Europe. The difference? Comrade Dimitrov DID NOT advocating joining with the fascists in order to defeat them!
The (C)PUSA leadership (Sam Webb in particular) needs to read the writings of Comrade Dimitrov to learn what it really means to fight the ultra-right. Bowing down before the enemy is not the way to achieve success.