Sunday, April 2, 2017

Communists and Socialists Rally Under ‘Trump Resistance’

Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialists of America are claiming surges in interest and membership since the 2016 election and the inauguration of Donald Trump.

To be sure, these claims are according to their self-reporting — for what that’s worth — though these comrades haven’t made such boasts in a long time. We can take it with a grain of salt. But either way, these are strong claims, and they’re being used to generate still further recruits. It’s worthwhile to at least consider what these folks are up to.

Communist Party USA contends that more than 600 people have joined the party in the last two months of 2016, beyond the 5,000 who (we’re told) joined over the past few years. This is according to CPUSA “social media coordinator” Joe Sims in an article posted at the party’s official website.

“Folks want to fight Trump,” explains Sims.

But that’s not the only reason.

Sims says that communist and “progressive” groups are seeing their largest upticks in membership since the collapse of the USSR — the country to which American Communist Party members so long devoted themselves.

“I pledge myself to rally the masses to defend the Soviet Union, the land of victorious socialism,” vowed American communists who joined the party in its heyday — some 100,000 members in the 1930s. “I pledge myself to remain at all times a vigilant and firm defender of the Leninist line of the party, the only line that insures the triumph of Soviet Power in the United States.”

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