Meet the Modern American Communists
by Tom Kertes, Wed Nov 16, 2005 at 10:33:31 AM EST
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.
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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