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Legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis blasts anti-communists and anti-Stalin slanderers

Monday, August 28, 2017

Legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis blasts anti-communists and anti-Stalin slanderers

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With a powerful letter to the Athens daily “Ta Nea”, the renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis comments on the recent anti-communist hysteria on the occasion of the EU and Estonian government’s unhistorical, anti-communist events. 
 
Theodorakis, 92, begins his letter by blaming “Ta Nea” for the newspaper’s anti-communist stance: “I’m terrified by the anti-communist hysteria that overwhelms your newspapers. As a young communist, I had the honor to fight through the lines of EAM for the achievement of freedom. Later, during the Junta period, through the Patriotic Front for the restoration of Democracy”. 
 
Among other references regarding Greece’s recent political history, Theodorakis writes: “The only thing that counts for you is our defeat in the Civil War and your inconvenience because the Left’s ideology continues to exist, act and affect after so many persecutions”.
Then, the composer refers to Joseph Stalin: 
 
“And from Stalin you remember only his crimes… The only thing I didn’t hear about him is that he was eating fried human meat for breakfast. For him, Stalin, the Marshal of the Red Army with the victories in Stalingrad, Moscow, Leningrad and Berlin, you have nothing to say? If the Red Army and Stalin wasn’t there, what would we have today? Did you think about it? Who would prevent Hitler from filling the world with thousands of “Aushwitzes”? Do you imagine Greece filled with extermination camps? Up there, in Europe and especially in the racist states, I know why they hurt and attack Stalin and communism. Because he defeated their beloved Fuhrer. Adolf Hitler!”.
 
Mikis during a political event in
1970s.
And, he continues: “But, you here, what is your reason? You were killing communists like flies. With gangs like the ones of Sourlas and Vrettakos. With military courts and executions of 16,000- mostly young- communists. Boys and girls. With (prison) islands like Makronisos, where 100,000 Greek communists were martyred. With the security police’s slaughterhouses where thousands of male and female communists were tortured by the most horrific methods. So, what are all of us, criminals or victims? And why did we fight? Didn’t we fight for Greece and the Greek people? Did kingship and the para-state organisations who murdered Lambrakis, did the Junta sprang from our lines? Not to mention the collaborators of foreign conquerors, who supported the US-domination that lives and reigns masqueraded in memorandums and troikas that have led us to the brink of national disaster”.
 
The legendary composer closes his intervention with the following: “I believe that you easily can understand my anger, because for me as well as for thousands of others, our engagement and struggles under the Red Flag consists the most sacred period of our lives, which had one and only aim, to make our People free, independent and happy”.
 
Greek Leftists Laud ‘Botched’ Anti-Communist Conference
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Greece’s ruling leftist Syriza party on Wednesday praised low EU support for an Estonian conference on Communist crimes as a positive sign for Europe.

ATHENS (Sputnik) — The conference on the “Legacy of the Crimes of Communist Regimes in 21st Century Europe” was hosted by the Estonian capital on Wednesday. Its final declaration was signed by eight EU countries. The number of nations attending was not disclosed.

“The failure of the conference in Estonia is a positive [sign] for Europe. Its supporters will eventually isolate themselves,” Syriza’s spokeswoman Rania Svingu tweeted.

Greece’s Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis refused to take part in the gathering, saying its cold-war era atmosphere contradicted EU values. His abstention led to warnings from some Greek politicians that the country could become isolated.

Maria Yannakaki, the transparency and human rights chief at the Greek Ministry of Justice, said the declaration was signed only by Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

August 23 marks the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Communist and Nazi Regimes, but the Tallinn conference singled out the legacy of Communism for debates.
Anticommunism shall not pass: Joint statement by more than 60 communist & workers parties

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Anticommunism shall not pass: Joint statement by more than 60 communist & workers parties

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The Communist and Workers Parties denounce the anti-communist fiesta being organized by the Estonian Presidency of the EU, in the framework of the so-called “European Day of Remembrance for the victims of totalitarian regimes”- as the EU has been attempting in recent years to establish the 23rd of August. The anti-communist meeting aims to slander socialism and its unprecedented achievements for the workers, to falsify history, to anti-historically and unacceptably equate communism with the monster of fascism and its atrocities. The provocative identification of communism with fascism means exonerating fascism and the womb that gives birth to and nourishes it, the exploitative capitalist system. This is why, when communists are being persecuted and condemned and communist parties are being banned in a number of EU countries, at the same time honours are being bestowed on and pensions provided to the Nazi collaborators and their political descendants.
The workers, the peoples can now draw conclusions about the fact that the escalation of anti-communism signals the intensification of the anti-people measures, the restriction of workers’-people’s rights, the unleashing of new imperialist wars.
The truth will shine through. 100 years after the Great October Socialist Revolution, the superiority of the socialist system cannot be concealed, however many tonnes of mud they throw at it. The peoples, through their struggle, will find the path to a society where the wealth will belong to those that produce it, to socialism-communism.
  1. Communist Party of Albania
  2. Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism (PADS)
  3. Communist Party of Australia
  4. Party of Labour of Austria
  5. Communist Party of Azerbadjan
  6. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  7. Belarusian Communist Party of Workers-Section of the CPSU
  8. Brazilian Communist Party
  9. Communist Party of Brazil
  10. Communist Party of Britain
  11. Socialist Workers Party of Croatia
  12. AKEL, Cyprus
  13. Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia
  14. Communist Party of Denmark
  15. Communist Party of Estonia
  16. Communist Party of Finland
  17. Communist Workers` Party for Peace and Socialism (Finland)
  18. Pole of Communist Revival in France
  19. Revolutionary Communist Party (France)
  20. Communist Revolutionary Party of France
  21. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
  22. German Communist Party
  23. Communist Party of Greece
  24. Hungarian Workers’ Party
  25. Communist Party of India
  26. Communist Party of India (Marxist)
  27. Tudeh Party of Iran
  28. Communist Party of Ireland
  29. Workers Party of Ireland
  30. Communist Party of Israel
  31. Communist Party (Italy)
  32. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  33. Communist Party of Kazakhstan-section of CPSU
  34. Socialist Party of Latvia
  35. Communist Party of Latvia
  36. Communist Party of Luxembourg
  37. Communist Party of Malta
  38. Communist Party of Mexico
  39. Popular Socialist Party of Mexico
  40. Communist Party of Moldova-section of CPSU
  41. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
  42. Palestinian Communist Party
  43. Paraguayan Communist Party
  44. Peruan Communist Party
  45. Communist Party of Poland
  46. Communist Party of Puerto Rico
  47. Socialist Party of Romania
  48. Romanian Communist Party
  49. Romanian Communist Party XXI Century
  50. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
  51. Russian Communist Workers’ Party
  52. Communist Party of Soviet Union
  53. Communist Party of Sri Lanka
  54. Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
  55. Communist Party of Sweden
  56. Syrian Communist Party
  57. Communist Party of Tadjikistan
  58. Communist Party of Transdnisteria-section of CPSU
  59. Communist Party of Turkey
  60. Communist Party of Ukraine
  61. Union of Communists in Ukraine
 
The statement is still open for signatures.
 
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Los Partidos Comunistas y Obreros denuncian la fiesta anticomunista organizada por la presidencia estonia de la Unión Europea.
Los Partidos Comunistas y Obreros condenan la fiesta anticomunista organizada por la presidencia estonia de la Unión Europea, en el marco del llamado “Día Europeo conmemorativo de las víctimas de los regímenes totalitarios”, como la Unión Europea ha intentado establecer el día 23 de agosto en los últimos años. La reunión anticomunista pretende calumniar al socialismo y sus logros sin precedentes para los trabajadores, falsificar la Historia, equiparar inaceptablemente y sin base histórica el comunismo con el monstruo del fascismo y sus atrocidades. La equiparación provocativa del fascismo con el comunismo significa exonerar el fascismo y el seno que lo genera y lo alimenta, es decir el sistema explotador capitalista. Es por eso que mientras los comunistas están siendo perseguidos y condenados, mientras los partidos comunistas en varios países de la UE están siendo prohibidos, al mismo tiempo rinden honores y proporcionan pensiones a los colaboradores de los nazis y a sus descendientes políticos.
Los trabajadores y los pueblos ya pueden sacar conclusiones sobre el hecho de que la intensificación del anticomunismo señala el fortalecimiento de las medidas antipopulares, la restricción de los derechos obreros populares, el desencadenamiento de nuevas guerras imperialistas.
La luz de la verdad brillará. Cien años después de la Gran Revolución Socialista de Octubre la superioridad del sistema socialista no se puede ocultar por muchas toneladas de barro que arrojan. Los pueblos a través de su lucha encontrarán el camino hacia una sociedad donde la riqueza pertenezca a los que la producen, hacia el socialismo-comunismo.
  1. Communist Party of Albania
  2. Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism (PADS)
  3. Communist Party of Australia
  4. Party of Labour of Austria
  5. Communist Party of Azerbadjan
  6. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  7. Belarusian Communist Party of Workers-Section of the CPSU
  8. Brazilian Communist Party
  9. Communist Party of Brazil
  10. Communist Party of Britain
  11. Socialist Workers Party of Croatia
  12. AKEL, Cyprus
  13. Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia
  14. Communist Party of Denmark
  15. Communist Party of Estonia
  16. Communist Party of Finland
  17. Communist Workers` Party for Peace and Socialism (Finland)
  18. Pole of Communist Revival in France
  19. Revolutionary Communist Party (France)
  20. Communist Revolutionary Party of France
  21. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
  22. German Communist Party
  23. Communist Party of Greece
  24. Hungarian Workers’ Party
  25. Communist Party of India
  26. Communist Party of India (Marxist)
  27. Tudeh Party of Iran
  28. Communist Party of Ireland
  29. Workers Party of Ireland
  30. Communist Party of Israel
  31. Communist Party (Italy)
  32. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  33. Communist Party of Kazakhstan-section of CPSU
  34. Socialist Party of Latvia
  35. Communist Party of Latvia
  36. Communist Party of Luxembourg
  37. Communist Party of Malta
  38. Communist Party of Mexico
  39. Popular Socialist Party of Mexico
  40. Communist Party of Moldova-section of CPSU
  41. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
  42. Palestinian Communist Party
  43. Paraguayan Communist Party
  44. Peruan Communist Party
  45. Communist Party of Poland
  46. Communist Party of Puerto Rico
  47. Socialist Party of Romania
  48. Romanian Communist Party
  49. Romanian Communist Party XXI Century
  50. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
  51. Russian Communist Workers’ Party
  52. Communist Party of Soviet Union
  53. Communist Party of Sri Lanka
  54. Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
  55. Communist Party of Sweden
  56. Syrian Communist Party
  57. Communist Party of Tadjikistan
  58. Communist Party of Transdnisteria-section of CPSU
  59. Communist Party of Turkey
  60. Communist Party of Ukraine
  61. Union of Communists in Ukraine
La recogida de firmas continua.
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Коммунистические и рабочие партии осуждают антикоммунистическую фиесту, организуемую в ходе председательства Эстонии в ЕС в рамках так называемого «Европейского дня памяти жертв тоталитарных режимов», который ЕС в последние годы стремится утвердить23 августа. Целью этого антикоммунистического сборища является постоянная клевета на социализм и его беспрецедентные завоевания, фальсификация истории, неприемлемое и антиисторическое приравнивание коммунизма к фашистскому чудовищу и его зверствам.Провокационное приравнивание фашизма к коммунизму является оправданием фашизма и капиталистической эксплуататорской системы – чрева, порождающего и вскармливающего его.Вот почему, в то время, когда коммунисты подвергаются преследованиям и привлекаются к уголовной ответственности, когда запрещаются компартии в ряде стран ЕС, отдается почет и предоставляются пенсии пособникам нацистов и их политическим потомкам.
Теперь трудящиеся, народы могут сделать вывод о том, что эскалация антикоммунизма знаменует собой усиление антинародных мер, урезание прав трудящихся, развязывание новых империалистических войн.
Но правда восторжествует. Через сто лет после Великой Октябрьской социалистической революции превосходство социалистической системы невозможно скрыть, сколько бы грязи не было вылито. Народы будут бороться за построение общества, в котором богатство будет принадлежать тем, кто его производит, за социализм-коммунизм.
VULGAR ANTICOMMUNISM BY THE EU: They equate Marx’s “The Capital” with… Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

VULGAR ANTICOMMUNISM BY THE EU: They equate Marx’s “The Capital” with… Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”!

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The EU and the Estonian Presidency of the European Council have reached the ultimate limits of political vulgarity and anticommunist distortion of History. The- organised by the Estonian EU Presidency- despicable “conference” in Tallinn proved its role as an unhistorical, hideous forum where the participants tried to equate communism with nazism.
Among the many unhistorical references and efforts to distort the historical truth, the most horrible one came from Goran Lindblad of Sweden, President of the so-called “Platform of European Memory and Conscience”. In his speech, Lindblad refered to the importance that the condemnation of all the “totalitarian regimes” has, and added that: communist ideology in itself was bad, not that something had gone wrong when it was implemented. “Both the texts of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and Karl Marx include it, the idea to use terror to keep dictatorships in power,” Lindblad, a member of the Swedish Moderate Party, said.
For the record, other participants in this despicable, anticommunist “conference” were: Estonian MEP Tunne Kelam (IRL/EPP), Dr. Olaf Mertelsmann of the University of Tartu, also include Dr. Anna Kaminsky, director of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship in Germany, Andres Kasekamp, professor at the University of Toronto, Igor Casu, professor at the State University of Moldova, and Dr. Bartosz Dziewanowski-Stefanczyk of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in Warsaw.
Despicable anticommunists: Tunne Kelam (left) and Goran Lindblad.
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KKE: The EU’s vulgar anticommunism has no bottom.
“The vulgar anticommunism of the EU has no bottom” mentions a statement by the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and continues “the identification of the unprecedented work of Karl Marx “The Capital” with the nazist manifesto “Mein Kampf” of Hitler, was among the vulgar things that were said in the anticommunist fiesta in Estonia”.
In another part of the statement, the KKE writes: “This is the proof that the EU constantly strengthens and process her anticommunism, the so-called equation between communism-nazism, which in the end of day justifies the hideous monster of nazism”.
The KKE attacks the conservative, opposition New Democracy Party for participating “in this anticommunist drain”, but also blames the SYRIZA-ANEL government for its hypocrisy. More specifically, the KKE statement writes:
“The SYRIZA-ANEL government cannot present itself as justified for its decision not to participate in Estonia, not only because it has already legitimize it by its presence in the respective last year’s fiest (in Bratislava), but also because it acquits the EU for her anticommunism, which goes hand by hand with the attack on the workers-people’s rights.”.
KKE: Strong condemnation of the unhistorical anticommunist events of the EU in Estonia

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

KKE: Strong condemnation of the unhistorical anticommunist events of the EU in Estonia

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Statement by the Press Office of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece regarding the anticommunist events of the Estonian EU Presidency in Tallinn on August 23, 2017: 

“Tomorrow’s unhistorical anticommunist fiestas in Estonia consist a provocation for the millions of victims of nazism, for all the peoples of Europe who, through their struggle, wrote the heroic pages of the Antifascist Victory. They consist a provocation for the millions of communists, the fighters who contributed decisively to the crush of nazism-fascism.

These fiestas consist the continuation of similar events that take place during the last years under the auspices of the EU which, having anticommunist as its official policy and with large budgets, attempts to establish the 23rd August as a “European Day of Remembrance for the victims of totalitarian regimes”. Its major aim is the re-writing of the peoples’ history, the slandering of socialism, the unacceptable and unhistorical equation of communism with fascism-nazism. A basic aim is to hide that the power of monopolies, which in Germany took the form of Nazism, capitalism itself was overthrown in the USSR and in the other countries where the working class took the power; and, despite the weaknesses and serious mistakes the socialist construction moved on for decades. 
 
The anticommunist campaign of the EU, which goes hand by hand with the antipeople, antiworker attack, finds its best expression in Estonia and the other Baltic countries. The estonian bourgeois governments, with t he support of the EU and the USA, during the years that followed the overthrows in the socialist counties and the USSR’s dissolution, struggled to distort the historical truth.
 
It has been proved that the effort to equate communism with fascism aims in acquitting Nazism for its crimes. In Estonia, the murderers of the 20th estonian division of the Waffen SS, of the estonian SS which fought by the side of Nazi Germany are proclaimed “heroes” thus enjoying pensions and privileges, while the action of the Communist Party and the communist symbols are prohibited and the period when Estonian was part of the USSR is considered as “occupation”. The day of Estonia’s liberation from the Red Army and the Estonian partisans has been established as a “day of mourning” by today’s anti-communists and the descendants of the Nazi murderers.

What SYRIZA, New Democracy and the other parties say about the supposed “EU of peace, democracy, security, solidarity” is collapsing in Estonia and in other countries.

Estonian Fascists Celebrate Country’s
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The refusal of the SYRIZA-ANEL government to participate in tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) events n Estonia is at least hypocritical, not only because it (the SYRIZA-ANEL government) had been officially represented in last year’s events in Bratislava, but also because it acquittes the EU of monopolies, which has anti-communism as her flag, the equation of communism with nazism. Besides, the slandering of socialism, of the entire socialist course of the Soviet Union by SYRIZA seconds the vulgar extreme anticommunism of New Democracy, PASOK and the other parties, alongside of course with the murderous Nazi Golden Dawn, as it has been expressed during the last days. 

One hundred years since the October Socialist Revolution, the peoples of Europe can draw conclusions. The strengthening of anticommunism proves that bourgeoisie and her staffs are trembling in front of the people and the perspective of its struggle; they hit at the communists because they are the bearers of the way out of the rotten exploitative system and its crises.

The people’s experience proves that escalation of anticommunism and all the outdated reactionary ideas is only a precursor of new anti-people measures and restriction of people’s rights, (a precursor) for the launch of a new round of imperialist wars and interventions against the peoples. 

For that reason, the struggle for the abolition of the anticommunist persecutions and restrictions, the struggle against anticommunism, for the satisfaction of the contemporary needs and rights of the people, is connected with the constant struggle for the workers power, for the liberation of the working class and the popular strata from the bonds of capitalism, from the exploitation which generates poverty, wars, nazism-fascism and its supporters”.

Source: 902.gr / Translation: In Defense of Communism.
Charlottesville, White Supremacy, and Why the US Civil War Never Ended
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The ugly events that have just taken place in Charlottesville, VA are a stark reminder that the cancer of white supremacy continues to fester in America - and not just at the level of a few hundred knuckle dragging racists marching with Confederate flags.

On the contrary, white supremacy is rooted in the very foundations of America, and remains wedded into the very fabric of its society and culture.

Let us not mince words. If ever a cause was unworthy, that cause was the US Confederacy. If ever a cause was righteously defeated in battle, it was the cause of the US Confederacy. And if ever a flag was and is an insult to human decency and dignity, it is the Confederate flag.

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The mere fact this is still being debated in the United States, the fact there are those who continue to accord a nobility, valor, and romanticism to the Confederacy  -  regarded wistfully as the “Lost Cause” to its adherents  —  this is evidence of the deep polarization that divides a society yet to fully come to terms with its legacy of slavery, racial oppression, and brutality.

Four million human beings  —  men, women, and children  —  were owned as chattel by the start of the US Civil War in 1861. They were bought and sold, raped, beaten, tortured and murdered upon the whim of their owners, whose barbarity has its modern equivalence in the barbarity of the followers and members of the so-called Islamic State (also known as Daesh).

When white racist fanatic, Dylann Roof, slaughtered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina back in 2015, he unwittingly exposed the truth that the US Civil War remains the defining event in the nation’s history, which still today informs a cultural divide between North and South.

The reason for this lies not so much in the legitimacy of the Confederate/southern cause  —  indeed how could a cause defined by the right to keep human beings as slaves ever be considered legitimate  -  but in the weakness of progressive forces in succumbing to the mythology that has been ascribed to the Confederacy and to those who fought and died for it. Indeed, if ever a society was crying out for the aggressive assertion of human rights, racial equality, and justice, it is the United States.

Racial oppression, whether delivered from the gun of a mass murderer in a South Carolinian church, or the gun of a police officer, has yet to be expunged in the land of the free, even though 150 years have passed since the Confederacy was defeated in battle.

There are historical reasons why this is so, but one in particular: namely the decision of the 18th US President, Rutherford B. Hayes, to end Reconstruction as a condition of his entry into the White House with the support of southern Democrats, a tawdry political deal known to history as the Compromise of 1877. It marked the end of a decade in which so-called Radical Republicans (referred to pejoratively as Black Republicans), in control of the US Congress, had driven forward a federal program to promote and uphold the rights of former slaves throughout the South, according them the full civil and political rights that their status as free men and women demanded.

This was absolutely necessary immediately upon war’s end, when local politicians assumed control of state legislatures across the South and enacted “black codes” with the objective of keeping newly freed black slaves in as close to a state of their former bondage as was possible, refusing to grant them their civil rights or the vote.

A white nationalist demonstrator with a helmet and shield walks into Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.
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A white nationalist demonstrator with a helmet and shield walks into Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday after violence erupted at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

The reaction of the North was to divide the former Confederate states into military districts and occupy them with federal troops to ensure the protection of blacks from white racists and to enforce their civil rights. This was accompanied by the demand that those former Confederate states support the passage of the three post-civil war amendments to the US Constituion  —  the 13th, 14th, and 15th  —  outlawing slavery and granting rights of citizenship and the vote to every person born in the United States regardless of race or color in every state.

The end of Reconstruction in 1877, and the withdrawal of federal troops from states such as South Carolina, resulted in the plight of blacks in said states suffering a sharp reverse. The Klu Klux Klan’s influence and power as America’s first terrorist organization instantly made its presence felt, measured in the rise and entrenchment of white supremacy as a state, and the culture of segregation returned across the South. Blacks were lynched, murdered, and tortured with impunity from then on, and their status as second-class citizens entrenched.

This mindset remains a fact of life not just across the South, but across the United States, carried in the hearts and minds of right-wing Republicans and an alt-right movement that has worked to normalize the politics of race in recent years, whipping up division and spewing out prejudice and racial stereotypes with blithe disregard for common decency.

By far the most telling evidence of the emergence of white supremacy in recent times was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in 2016. Trump’s bigoted rhetoric on migrants, Mexicans, Muslims, and minorities gave license to racists and white nationalists and Nazis all over America, lending their creed the kind of legitimacy that would have been unthinkable previously.

Indeed, one of his key advisers, Steve Bannon, credited with steering Trump all the way from political obscurity to the White House, is a national figurehead and icon of the nation’s alt-right movement.

It is said that those who sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind. Charlottesville is a reminder of how the past intrudes on the present, and of the folly in romanticizing history instead of learning from it.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.

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65 years later, California abandons McCarthyism by repealing shameful anti-communist law

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

65 years later, California abandons McCarthyism by repealing shameful anti-communist law

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100 years after the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917 and almost 65 years since the end of McCarthyism’s terror, the state of California may soon lift ban on communists working in the government. 

The California state assembly narrowly approved on May 8th the repealing an anti-communist discriminatory law which had been enacted during the second “Red Scare” (McCarthyist hysteria) of the 1940s and ’50s that banned Communists from holding jobs in government. That period of McCarthyism led to the dismissal of thousands of workers in government positions, education, and unions. The bill must now pass through the state Senate for approval.

More specifically, the 1953 California law warns of “a clear and present danger, which the Legislature of the State of California finds is great and imminent, that in order to advance the program, policies and objectives of the world communism movement, communist organizations in the State of California and their members will engage in concerted effort to hamper, restrict, interfere with, impede, or nullify the efforts of the State…and their members will infiltrate and seek employment by the State and its public agencies.”
 
According to the Los Angeles Times, the repeal bill was sponsored by the member of the California assembly Rob Bonta (Democratic Party) of Oakland. “It’s an old and archaic reference,” said Bonta of the specific language about communism. He said his bill was “really just a technical fix to remove that reference to a label that could be misused or abused, and frankly, has been in the past, in some of the darker chapters of our history in this country.” According to Bonta part of having a functioning democracy and a fair and equitable society is to make sure you’re actually basing your decisions to take someone’s job away … based on their actual conduct, their actual behavior and actual proof and evidence, not just some loose label that could be applied overbroadly in a way that is unfair and unjust.”
 

However, showing his anti-communist reflexes, assemblyman Randy Voepel of the Republican Party, urged his colleagues to vote no, arguing that military veterans fought wars against communists, a political ideology he said “is still a threat.” “The whole concept of communism and Communist Party members working for the state of California is against everything we stand for on this floor”, Voepel said. The bill has now moved to the Senate.