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Saturday, February 07, 2015
Means to an end
The American Civil Liberties Union is no such thing, but is instead an anarchist-communist organisation. Discuss:
I have continued directing the unpopular fight for the rights of agitation, as Director of the American Civil Liberties Union ... I have been to Europe several times, mostly in connection with international radical activities, chiefly against war, fascism and imperialism; and have traveled constantly in the United States to areas of conflict over workers' rights to strike and organize. My chief aversion is the system of greed, private greed, private profit, privilege and violence which makes up the control of the world today, and which has brought it to the tragic crisis of unprecedented hunger and unemployment ... Therefore, I am for socialism, disarmament and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion. I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.
This quote is oft-attributed to Roger Baldwin, a leader in the organisation at its founding; mainly by the American Right. So I figured I'd go to Snopes. Wasn't THAT enlightening.
Here's one reaction:
If by that suspicion is meant that we've noted Baldwin's frank admission that his crew has a motive beyond civil-liberties... then I'd say that suspicion is well-founded. I'd also suggest to that commenter that arguments that Marxism has just been misunderstood are also NOT helping one's case, but - why should I help the enemy.
Jonny T does bring some knowledge by pointing out that the ACLU was never a Stalinist outfit. Baldwin repudiated the Soviets once their other big killer Trotsky was safely gone. Later, back at home, Baldwin figured out that the CPUSA was a Soviet front and duly booted them out too. But now we're back to purer Communism, not Stalin's national-bolshevism. And this is just as evil and twice as stupid.
So if you support the ACLU.... here's your sign.
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