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Ohio CP Leader says CPUSA needs name change

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 28 Jan 2008, 19:10
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Post 03 Oct 2009, 18:48
http://www.mail-archive.com/marxism@lis ... 01988.html
Cleveland, Ohio was one of the first U.S. cities where militant supporters of
the Socialist Party left wing began building a Leninist party in 1919 to
emulate the Bolsheviks. Clevelander Charles Ruthenberg, one of the first
leaders of the Communist Party of America, served a prison sentence for
anti-war speeches made in the city during World War One. He was buried in
Moscow. Another future leader of the CPUSA, Gus Hall, first made his mark as
an organizer with the Steel Workers Organizing Committee in northeast Ohio.



Another Ohio CPUSA leader is in the news today. Longtime Ohio Communist Party
leader Rick Nagin is in a run-off for a Cleveland City Council seat. According
to the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Nagin was one of two candidates to emerge from
a contentious City Council primary in Cleveland's Ward 14 to notch his first
political victory.



"Nagin combined with Brian Cummins, whose Ward 15 seat was chopped in a council
downsizing, to beat incumbent Joe Santiago, former Councilman Nelson Cintron
Jr. and three others. A strong second-place finish earned Nagin a spot in a
Nov. 3 runoff against Cummins.

"The possibility of a Nagin win -- greater than ever before -- presents perhaps
the most fascinating storyline in this fall's mayoral and council elections. If
Nagin defeats Cummins, he will be the first known communist to serve on
Cleveland's council, at least in recent memory.



"The historical significance is not lost on Nagin, who would fulfill a goal he
said was inspired in the 1970s by Communist Party USA standard-bearer Gus Hall.
Yet at times in his latest campaign, Nagin has seemed unprepared or unhappy to
discuss his beliefs.



"He writes for the party's newspaper -- his most recent article, about a labor
rally, appeared in May -- but complains when the word "communist" appears by
his name in The Plain Dealer. In a recent interview that he was reluctant to
grant, he equated the word with a racial slur.



""It's an epithet in this country," said Nagin, 68. "Like using the n' word."



"Nagin even suggests that the Communist Party he joined 39 years ago needs a
new name."



In all likelihood, Nagin will eventually get his wish. The growing-together of
the CPUSA and the Democratic Party has resulted in something similar in the
past. In 1944 Earl Browder orchestrated the dissolution of the party into the
Communist Political Association, which gave left cover to Washington's wars of
imperialist plunder and policed a no-strike-pledge offered to Wall Street by
the labor union leadership at the outset of the war. Only after the war, when
Moscow decided it needed a U.S. party for leverage in currying favor with
Truman, was the party re-launched.
Kamran Heiss
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 27 Oct 2006, 23:10
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Post 03 Oct 2009, 20:59
This is good news. Maybe we can start a better party with the name CPUSA.
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Post 04 Oct 2009, 03:30
Changing ones appearence doesn't change ones essense.


How about the name the "Democratic Party?"
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 30 Aug 2009, 11:23
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Post 09 Oct 2009, 14:52
The Social Democratic National Congress - Now Sponsored by Goldman Sachs and Coca-Cola: "Red is refreshing"

*pssht* ahhhh.. the refreshing taste of coca-cola. Get "Communist"(tm)
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 03 Oct 2009, 17:50
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Post 10 Oct 2009, 15:30
""It's an epithet in this country," said Nagin, 68

So sad... Even in Italy, where before 1991 the Communist Party tended to reach 1/4 of the votes and where meeting a Communist might have been disliked by Anti-Communists, but it was as usual as drinking water, we are now bombed by Berlusconi's American style propaganda, with "Communist" used as a slur against any somewhat less right-winged adversaries, of course with no explanation of why supporting Communism is considered something negative...
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 02 Sep 2009, 06:42
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Post 16 Oct 2009, 04:03
Isn't Berlusconi a fake conservative anyway? IF his life style is any indictator (cough, sex scandal, cough)...
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Post 16 Oct 2009, 16:12
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Isn't Berlusconi a fake conservative anyway? IF his life style is any indictator (cough, sex scandal, cough)...


he once admitted that he only to be a good socialist (When he was with craxi). he's a semi-fascist these days.
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Post 16 Oct 2009, 20:24
Since when have conservative politicians lived moral lifestyles?
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Post 18 Oct 2009, 20:32
Just as long as capitalists have lived moral livestyles.
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Post 31 Oct 2009, 14:44
@Davide: Are there still right-wing communism in Italia?
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