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Category: Communism

Praising a ruthless dictator

“Raul Castro was a very engaging, down-to-earth and kind man, somone who I would favor as a neighbor. It was almost like visiting an old friend.”

- Bobby Rush , May 25, 2009


We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets

“To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk- rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night, in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling conventions. We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure. We were alienated. But this strategy alone couldn’t provide the distance I wanted, from Joyce or my past. After all, there were thousands of so- called campus radicals, most of them white and tenured and happily tolerant. No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.”

- Barack Obama


Oil Companies Watch Out!

“We’ll take on the oil companies and harness their record profits to create millions of clean energy jobs — high-wage jobs you can raise a family on. I’ll end their special tax breaks and give them a choice: invest some of your profits in alternative energy , or we’ll do it for you.”

- Hillary Clinton


Americans support Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez.

“No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we’re here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people, millions support your revolution, support your ideas, and we are expressing our solidarity with you.”

- Harry Belafonte , January 8, 2006.


Friendship can defeat communism.

“I believe that communism would have been gone from there [Cuba] if we’d just been friends with them.”

- Ted Turner


Communism’s restraint of U.S. power was beneficial.

“One of the great achievements of Communism, rarely recognized in the West, is its relatively successful containment of American power from the early 1950s through the demise of the Soviet state in 1991.”

- Peter Kirstein , Probably November 2002.


Advocating Marxism.

“I think Marxist theory and political practice are more relevant now than ever, given the global dominance of the capitalist mode of production and American imperialism.”

- James Holstun


We need more Marxists.

“What [American universities] need, and would much benefit from, is more Marxists, radicals, leftists — all terms conventionally applied to those who fight against exploitation, racism, sexism, and capitalism. We can never have too many of these, just as we can never have too few ‘conservatives’.”

- Grover Furr


Stalin was a great leader.

“I used to think of Joseph Stalin as a tyrant and butcher who jailed and killed millions. . . . But, to about a billion people today, Stalin is the opposite of what we in the capitalist world have been programmed to believe. . . . From a Communist point of view, Stalin was certainly one of the greatest of revolutionary leaders. . . .”

- Bruce Franklin , 1972.


Supporting Fidel Castro’s wishes.

“Yup, I gotta confess, that now-famous picture of a U.S. marshal in Miami pointing an automatic weapon toward Donato Dalrymple and ordering him in the name of the U.S. government to turn over Elian Gonzalez warmed my heart.”

- Thomas Friedman , April 2000.