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All of these thinkers contributed to what would become the ethical foundation of the Progressive Movement: a contempt and loathing of "individualism" -- and its political expression in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution:
* Croly: "The Promise of American Life is to be fulfilled ... by a large measure of individual subordination and self-denial."
* Sociologist Lester Ward: "The individual has reigned long enough."
* Antitrust leader Henry Demarest Lloyd: Individualism is "one of the historic mistakes of humanity."
* The Outlook editor Lyman Abbott: "[I]ndividualism is the characteristic of simple barbarism, not of republican civilization."
* Baptist minister Walter Rauschenbusch: "[I]ndividualism means tyranny."
Communist Front was originally the term used by the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and then later by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) and the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS) to label Comintern (Communist Interational) organizations found to be under the effective control of the CPUSA, with special emphasis on those groups most active during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The term also refers to organizations not originally Communist-controlled which after a time became so, such as the American Student Union.
In 1955, the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee published a list of what it described as the 82 most active and typical sponsors of Communist fronts in the United States; some of those named had literally dozens of affiliations with groups that had either been cited as Communist fronts or had been labelled "subversive" by either the subcommittee or the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Perhaps the best-known - and, in the short run most successful - 'Communist Front' in the United States was the Progressive Party which nominated former Vice-President Henry A. Wallace for President in the 1948 election. The party was on the ballot in 45 states, though under various names. For instance, in California it was known as the Independent Progressive Party. In New York State, it was the American Labor Party, founded a number of years earlier, which repeatedly elected Vito Marcantonio and, in a by-election in the Bronx in February, 1948, Leo Isacson, to Congress. Isacson was defeated by a coalition candidate in November, 1948. Marcantonio was re-elected then, the only Progressive candidate to win office, but was defeated in 1950.
In short, President Obama’s election has made a difference, and the progressive movement has space to dream again. There are limits and obstacles to be sure, but what should frame our outlook are hope and possibility.
Originally posted by Polynomial C
reply to post by HotSauceI think they have hurt the Communist cause .. now people like you when they think of Communism they think of Stalin , but you shouldn't because Stalin was NOT a communist, he was a right-wing authoritarian..
Originally posted by Polynomial C
reply to post by HotSauce
Well, yeah Stalinism uses Communism as a disguise .. the Stalinist leaders are just crazy greedy people that want control .. they are authoritarians disguise as communists..
I think they have hurt the Communist cause .. now people like you when they think of Communism they think of Stalin , but you shouldn't because Stalin was NOT a communist, he was a right-wing authoritarian..
Originally posted by HotSauce
I understand what you are saying about the differences but what I am saying is that in every Communist state their will eventually be a Stalin that arises…Marxism is a great idea on paper, but it doesn't account for human nature …
"Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group -- whether to a race, class or state does not matter. Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called 'the common good'." -- Ayn Rand,
"Collectivism is a form of anthropomorphism. It attempts to see a group of individuals as having a single identity similar to a person. ... Collectivism demands that the group be more important than the individual. It requires the individual to sacrifice himself for the alleged good of the group." -- Jeff Landauer and Joseph Rowlands
"collectivist ethical principle: man is not an end to himself, but is only a tool to serve the ends of others. Whether those 'others' are a dictator's gang, the nation, society, the race, (the) god(s), the majority, the community, the tribe, etc., is irrelevant -- the point is that man in principle must be sacrificed to others." -- Mark Da Cunha