Meet the Modern American Communists

I don't have much of a problem with what most Commies believe is just and moral: An end to poverty, equality for all.  But I do have a problem with how they've gone about trying to get these things: Tryanny and murderous regimes that made almost everyone poorer and more oppressed.  And I also have a problem with American Commies of this century.  That's because there are other (much more effective) movements for doing good things like changing working conditions and creating a more just society.  

Given that American Commies were beat back in the 1920s, and then buried in the 1950s, I have a hard understanding how a person could be a Commie today.  Sure, the ideals and analysis of Commie economists are just as relevant as are those of past liberals, such as Adam Smith or John Locke.  But really,  do you think that there is going to be "Commie" uprising in America, now - or ever?  It's over.  

But the Left must deal with it's Commies all the time.  Since the Left is so weak, it goes to the most radical and least grounded for numbers and support.  And since tolerance is so much a part of modern Leftyness, most Leftists are happy to include all crackpots at their gatherings, meetings and events.  Amongst them are the last remaining die-hard Commies in America.

Washington City Paper reports on the goings-on of a modern day "Commie Cell" in the DC area:


In Tasker's [one of the Commies] view, contemporary communism boils down to one thing: burritos. Specifically, Chipotle Mexican Grill. "If you look with the right eyes, you see them taking raw materials and turning them into commodities," he says. Anyone who's ever eaten at Chipotle knows the drill: At one end of the line, an employee gets the burrito started, placing rice, beans, and/or meat on a tortilla, then passes it along to the next employee, who's in charge of other ingredients. The third employee rings you up. It's about as close to factory-floor industrialism as locals will get these days.

Burritos, says Tasker, explain the evil interdependence inherent in capitalism. "The bourgeoisie needs the proletariat, and the proletariat needs the bourgeoisie," Tasker says. "This is why communism is a revolutionary idea. The system itself is the problem, and it all needs to be uprooted."

Getting the ball rolling toward a better society is harder than thinking about it. It's easy to see what goes on at Chipotle or CVS; figuring out something young communists can do is the first thing on Wolf's agenda for the meeting.

He wants "a very direct action in the city," something through which "we can attack that issue and relate it to capitalism, even though we're small....To actually show ourselves as doing something. What do you think?"

No one has any ideas, but there's general agreement. Wolf wants "a focused action" that the three of them can do that will gather "just 25 people to show up for an issue." A really divisive issue, he says, with "a point that will offend people because they're in power. So it would be something that would piss people off." Maybe something in neighborhoods, he suggests.

"But we don't live in the same neighborhood," Tasker objects.

So the group can't figure out what to do. Instead, they agree to read What Is to Be Done?, a 1902 text by Lenin.

Cross posted: Political Porn

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Unfortunately we spend so much time
attacking left wing tyrants that we let the right wing tyrants off scott free.  A tyrant is a tyrant, left or right.  They are the same in the end and even will ally with each other to destabilize the peace loving centerist moderate liberal democrats.  Don't get sucked down into wasting time on the communists when its the NeoCon neofascists that are the very real and present danger for us here in thes country today.
by JamBoi 2005-11-16 11:00AM | 0 recs
What exactly are you saying
Last time I checked we still have freedom of thought.  Communism in and of itself isn't a threat to anyone.  It wasnt a threat in the 20s or the 50s.  American Communism was beaten back through horrible means when it should have been dealt with through free expression of ideas allowing those that believe in it to come back from the edge.  Communism should be allowed to live as an idea for as long as people believe in those ideas.  And those ideas should be allowed to work without outside influence. My biggest problem with the treatment of Cuba is that Commuinism as an idea isn't allowed to live or die on its own.  Any idea suffering under an embargo or trade sanctions is bound to have difficulties, capitalism certainly would.  Communism fails because it, at its extreme, goes against human nature of working more to get more.  Capitalism fails at its extremes because those that believe in it absolutely somehow think that the free market gives a rats ass about people.  It doesn't.  Business cares about shareholders and profit, thats it.  So why not let them go there way and we go ours.  The problem with Russian communism wasn't the economic or social ideology, it was the idea that communism couldn't survive if anything else was left as an option...thus the idea of exapnsion.  Not all communists feel that way, so let them be.  There is no danger in allowing people to have their beliefs.   The same goes for the right.  They can believe that pure capitalism is good all they want.  They are allowed to be wrong too.  Its in their actions that I have problems.  Yes, right now neo-conservative fascists are the real problem.  And its not their beliefs, its their actions.  There lies of ommission that take us to war for the purpose of filling their pockets.  Yes, a tyrant is a tyrant.  The dangers brought out in "The Animal Farm" are specifically talking about the tyranny that became communist Russia (though not true communism since there was an elite).  But the ideas expressed work the same regardless of ideology and this administration is using them.  The extremes of left or right or of any idea can cause problems when acted upon.  Don't take your eye off the ball.  Right now the only people to be concerned about are Bushites.
by jrflorida 2005-11-16 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: What exactly are you saying
Exactly!

JamBoi

by JamBoi 2005-11-16 04:43PM | 0 recs
Re: What exactly are you saying
I think the original posting may just be a little FUD.  You know: a test balloon by the opposition to see if they can stem the growing tide of socialist interest in the US.

Right now, after the hurricanes, people want an involved government.

The GOP will try to FUD the waters with fears of old.

Unfortunately, outside the Baby Boomers, most Americans are pro-labor, pro-social services, and pro-Democrat.

by jcjcjc 2005-11-16 06:03PM | 0 recs
There's nothing "left" about communism
Communism is a hard right ideology much in the same vein as fascism. It's authoritarian and dismissive of civil rights.

Liberalism is about individual rights - the opposite of communism.

by Populism2008 2005-11-16 10:20PM | 0 recs
Its as left as it gets
Communism isnt authoritarian.  Russia's implemntation was totalitarian.  Communism is a left wing ideology.  Far left.  The cases we are all familiar with ended up so far out there they became totalitarianism with an elite class.  Thats not communism.  Its possible for something to go so far left and so far right that they meet at the same point on the circle.
by jrflorida 2005-11-17 04:06PM | 0 recs

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