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Lessons from History
Breaking at NYT: Communists Were Anti-American Soviet Tools

As part of its weekly essay series on the legacy of the Russian Revolution, the New York Times has earnestly broken the news to its readers that the American Communist Party wasn’t a principled and well-meaning organization but an anti-American espionage operation:

From its founding in 1919 in the wake of the Russian Revolution until the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Communist Party of the United States of America was an instrument of Soviet foreign policy. […]

The C.P.U.S.A. dutifully spread the lies put out by Moscow. The party thus insisted that the show trials during Stalin’s purges had uncovered a vast capitalist plot against the Soviet leader. Party members dutifully repeated Soviet fabrications that Trotsky had been in the pay of the Nazis. Worst of all, many Communists applauded the execution of tens of thousands of Soviet comrades, denouncing those who were executed as bourgeois spies and provocateurs.

It will be interesting to read the pieces that come out 25 to 50 years too late, as the august Gray Lady awakens to other important news:

The Muslim Brotherhood hated Western ideas of freedom.
Iran was a committed enemy of the United States.
Cuban communists were anti-democratic thugs.
Abortion was an unspeakable tragedy that led to millions of unnecessary deaths.
Press bias and lack of self-awareness plus elite policy failures made the Trump presidency possible.
Social programs like Medicare were actually bankrupting the country.
Public service unions blighted the prospects of generations of immigrants and poor people of color in American cities.
Anti-Asian discrimination dominated college admissions offices under the guise of ‘racial justice’.
The collapse of free speech on college campuses was abetted by cowards and time servers who betrayed fundamental American principles.

Better late than never, we suppose…

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  • Unelected Leader

    McCarthy had it right. The man was so viciously attacked precisely because he’s right. Exactly what you would expect from a system infested with communists. Exactly what you would think should come from a system so infested with communists that Stalin knew about the a-bomb and the Trinity test before Hiroshima was even hit.

    • TPAJAX

      That’s very true because Stalin knew about the bomb. However, he had no clue that it was gonna be used. He was genuinely shocked and scared when it was used because it was obviously just as much a signal to him.

  • Makaden

    Well done…whoever wrote this. Might I add another?:

    It was never the Israelis against the Palestinians, but Israelis against a vast sea of anti-semites in MENA countries.

    • Fat_Man

      I think it is more like: “The Palestinians do not want a state, they just want to exterminate the Jews.”

      • When they are pulling bodies out of the Med with a giant pool skimmer maybe this will be more apparent.

        • Fat_Man

          Don’t bet on Israel rolling over and playing possum. BTW, and more importantly, the rulers of Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia need Israel to protect them from ISIS. Even Abbas knows that, although he won’t say so publicly.

  • PCB

    Perhaps the benefit of the doubt is in order here; this piece may have actually slipped behind a file cabinet 25-50 years ago and was only just recently discovered during a remodeling. In that case, this is can only be seen as further evidence just how timeless the Gray Lady’s journalism is!

  • adk

    The Gray Lady needs to look at its own contribution to the Stalin’s Russia.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/pulitzer-winning-lies/article/4040

    Pulitzer-Winning Lies
    After 70 years a Pulitzer committee is reexamining Walter Duranty’s Stalin whitewashes in the New York Times.
    How bad were they? See for yourself.
    12:40 PM, JUN 12, 2003 | By ARNOLD BEICHMAN

    AT LONG LAST a Pulitzer Prize committee is looking into the possibility that the Pulitzer awarded to Walter Duranty, the New York Times Moscow correspondent whose dispatches covered up Stalin’s infamies, might be revoked.

    “There is no famine or actual starvation nor is there likely to be.”
    –New York Times, Nov. 15, 1931, page 1

    “Enemies and foreign critics can say what they please. Weaklings and despondents at home may groan under the burden, but the youth and strength of the Russian people is essentially at one with the Kremlin’s program, believes it worthwhile and supports it, however hard be the sledding.”
    –New York Times, December 9, 1932, page 6

    “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.”
    –New York Times, May 14, 1933, page 18

    “There is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation but there is widespread mortality from diseases due to malnutrition.”
    –New York Times, March 31, 1933, page 13

    Read the whole thing.

  • jimri

    Quite possibly the most cogent piece published on this site. How did WRM let this slip through?

    • QET

      It’s a holiday week and TAI must have a new writer on staff.

  • QET

    Who believes any of our best and brightest Bernie Bros will connect their guy to this new Liberal Revelation? True, the man was a member of SPUSA* and not CPUSA, so there’s a little hook they can hang their little hats on, but cotton candy is food, too, right?

    (* Actually the man is a master bourgeois, having had the Burlington taxpayers finance his Soviet honeymoon en route to amassing three homes and winning that palm d’or of bourgeois achievement–bank fraud).

  • Mike

    At least, NYT did not miss the main story of this century: after many years of trial and error, Russia finally managed to install its puppet in the White House.

  • Beauceron

    Now if we could only convince them that the people showing up dressed in black, with masks covering their faces, and beating the crap out of all who disagree with the Left might not be “The Resistance,” but rather are actually fascists, despite placing “anti” before the word.
    But that’s going to be a bridge too far for them I suspect. One can only wish Sarah Palin good luck in her lawsuit.

  • ddh

    In the case of Walter Duranty’s reporting on the impact of the collectivization of agriculture in the Ukraine, the correction in the published record would be coming 85 years late. If the New York Times had a moral compass, it would return Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize.

    • That’s what they are paying their janitors with now.

  • seattleoutcast

    The NYT could also add that the Tea Party movement was pro-liberty and Occupy Wall Street was fascist.

    • Bill Sluis

      That would require the acknowledgment that their opponents, the Democratic party, Obama, etc were anti-liberty and totalitarian both in outlook and action. This would logically call into question the motivations of Obama’s chosen successor Hillary and her association with the fascist ubermesiter George Soros and his support of political shock troops Antifa and associated terrorist organizations both domestically and world wide. This would call into question the entire existence of the progressive movement and its actions in schools, Universities, non-for profit….
      The New York Times will print 100 stories questioning President Trump’s ability to govern before examining the sacred cows of the Left.

  • Isaiah6020

    Somebody please alert Comrade FriendlyGoat. This will literally (LITERALLY) blow whatever passes for his mind.

    • D4x

      Any idea who wrote this list? It says TAI, but that is a list of ‘news’ from somewhere else…

  • GS

    How about licking obaa’s derriere white and then proceeding to lick themselves inside it? I shudder to imagine his 8-yr-long constipation.

  • D4x

    Perhaps the NYT has found a way to beat deBlasio? One benefit of the NYT ‘expose’ of the American Communist Party is that one member was Leon Davis, who created the 1199/SEIU union now behind the $15perHour movement, and their political arm, Working Families Party, which are the forces behind Mayor deBlasio, who is up for re-election in 2017. WFP is also the Bernie/EWarren wing of what is still known as the Democratic Party.

    “The Union That Rules New York: Powerful and well funded, 1199SEIU has unprecedented reach into city and state government.
    [Stephen Eide, Daniel DiSalvo Summer 2015] https://www.city-journal.org/html/union-rules-new-york-13736.html

    “…Having successfully organized the vast majority of drugstores in the city by 1958, union president Leon Davis, a Russian-born drugstore clerk and onetime member of the American Communist Party, set out to organize New York’s “voluntary” hospitals.

    …His first conquest was Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, which 1199 organized in 1958.

    …From these early organizing struggles, Davis left two key tactical legacies. The first was an appreciation for the benefits of ideology
    and symbolism. All of 1199’s 1960s-era campaigns were cloaked in the language of civil rights, an effective strategy, as most of the union’s members were black and Puerto Rican.

    Davis’s second tactical bequest was his discovery that the most effective way to win over hospital management was via government bailout.

    …Another vital component of 1199’s extraordinary influence is its vaunted ground operation, including get-out-the-vote efforts that don’t
    technically count as a campaign contribution. The union claims that 100,000 of its members in New York City are registered Democrats. That sum happens to be almost exactly the margin by which Bill de Blasio, 1199’s preferred candidate, defeated his closest rival, Bill Thompson, for the Democratic nomination for mayor in 2013.

    …Another vital cog in the 1199 machine is the Working Families Party (WFP). Founded in 1998 by 1199 and several other unions and
    activist networks, … The WFP has also effectively developed its own legislative bloc in the city council, the Progressive Caucus, to which 19 of the 51 council members now belong. In 2014, 1199 was the WFP’s largest source of financial support. …”

  • Fat_Man

    I should follow the link more often. The linked article was an op-ed by Harvey Klehr. Not an official editorial position of the NYTimes or a product of its paid staff. It can be, and probably will be, disregarded by the paper and its readers.

  • MikeyParks

    It must gripe the NYT that they’re finally in agreement with Ann Coulter. Next thing, they’ll be reporting that Kwanzaa is actually a phony “holiday” glorifying anti-American ideals.

  • Rick Johnson

    Brilliant. Just brilliant.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Good Lord, someone escaped the Leftist Cocoon and got an eyeful.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Better let NYT write itself. TAI can’t do it.

  • markterribile

    In other news: A century of research has confirmed that, as many have suspected, rain is wet. Scientists caution that this result is still preliminary and needs to pass peer-review before being accepted as conclusive.

  • Josephbleau

    So Trumbo was Hollywood whitewash instead of historical truth? Certainly no one suspected this. Were not Streisand and Redford red heroes? I saw it in a movie once.

  • IWantALamborghini

    The author, Harvey Klehr, will be gone from the NYT within a year as the left does an Alinsky on him.

  • IWantALamborghini

    Okay … so now do we get the follow-on piece about CPUSA members in Hollywood?

    Plus: this is further vindication for McCarthy.

  • Curious Mayhem

    Wow. The things you learn when you read the Times. I read it there first!

  • RLC2

    How about “NYT was an obvious propagandist for the Left?”

    Not before the Old Gray Whore is dead. Maybe some alt-historian a generation from now.

  • If you’re a century late I say you are a no-show.

  • Red Black

    Better late then never. A middle-aged columnist/reporter in the left leaning Salt Lake Tribune expressed shock recently about the horrors of the Chinese cultural revolution. Her reliance on the liberal press left her clueless all these years until WaPo printed an article titled “Remembering the biggest mass murder in the history of the world”.

  • The Soviet anthem, even the English version, is actually quite beautiful and moving. But that is all that is beautiful about Communism; its failed ideology has been responsible for the deaths of untold millions.

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