apparatus in Moscow — sometimes months or years in
advance. Nothing is left to whim or circumstance. In part
this is a reflection of the quasi-military character of the
party. In part it is a carryover from the Russians and their
passion for planning.
For example, a number of Communist leaders now in
the forefront of the revolutionary movement in the Far
East were educated and kept "on ice" for years in Moscow
until the right moment. The program of the Communist
International adopted by its sixth congress in 1928 stands
today as a definitive guide upon which present-day activities of the Communist movement in all parts of the world
are based. In the current struggle of democracy against
the Communist menace, it would be suicidal to overlook
this basic fact. Hence the need for a diligent study of
standard Communist literature by all its opponents.
Despite the fact that it has brought misery and slavery
wherever it has established its power, no American political party is as fervently imbued with its mission as is the
WIIIK WORLD I'HOTO
"We Communists," declared Joseph Stalin at Lenin's funeral in 1924,
"are men of a special mould. We are made of special material."
Pictured above, left to right, are Stalin, Trotsky, and Lenin.
Communist Party. This conceit extends down to its rank-
and-file members, encouraged and stimulated by Communist leaders throughout the world.
The Party -
said Lenin in his "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile
is the highest form of the class organization of the proletariat;
it should hail all the other forms of proletarian organizations.
"We Communists," declared Joseph Stalin at Lenin's
funeral in 1924, "are people of a special mould. We are
made of special material. We are those who comprise the
army of the great proletarian strategist, the army of Lenin.
There is nothing higher than belonging to this army."
Although the Communists have been repudiated by
labor throughout the world, Communist Party literature is
replete with references to itself as "the leader and organizer
of the proletariat," "the vanguard of the working class,"
even reaching the point where it is characterized as "the
most complete bearer of the gre.it achievements of tens of
centuries of the rise of the human mind and its mastery
of the earth."
By and large American political parties are loose organizations in which individual accountability is at a minimum.
The Communist Party member, on the other hand, is never
a free agent. He is held strictly responsible for his acts by
his party superiors. This is a continuing process which
places every party member and leader on the anxious
seat at all times.
As Lenin pointed out in his work What Is To Be Done?
in February, 1902, reprinted and accepted as mandator) by
all Communist Parties ever since, party members —
are keenly alive to their responsibility, knowing from experience that in order to get rid of an undesirable member, an
organization of true revolutionaries will stop at nothing.
He stressed the fact that such an organization "punishes
with merciless severity every abuse of duty by a comrade.
° * °" Penalties imposed have run all the way from censure or expulsion to murder.
Conthol HY Blackmail
Outside of the Communist movement, especially in
naive liberal circles, there is a prevailing illusion that Communist discipline is primarily based upon high idealism
and conviction. However, the chief conspirators in the
Kremlin are not so impractical as to rely upon such fortuitous and changing factors. They have too much at stake.
Therefore a much more reliable instrument is employed,
namely, blackmail. With the aid of extensive files continuously augmented, showing every personal foible and mis"
step, every deviation from the party line, the threat of
compromise or exposure affords an alternative means ot
Atmosphere of District
The Communist Party is permeated with an atmospln'f1'
of distrust toward every individual party member. Hence
members and leaders are subject to a process of continuous
checkup, totally at variance with procedure in our politic"
parties. This is done through annual or more freqt"-'11
registrations, internal purges and demands for repi"'s'
Members are expected to attend classes regularly and t°
keep abreast of official party literature in order to guar1
against any possible defection from the current party 1'"'
A Divisive Party
Wherever the Communist Party makes its appearance.
serves as a force for division and friction, following
theory of divide and rule. Thus it seeks to alienate «j|
United States from its potential allies. Internally it thrivf
upon promoting clashes: Between employer and employ*^
landlord and tenant, white and Negro, native-born a"
foreigner, Catholic, Protestant and Jew; between the A"1 _
ican people and their government, and within every I"
Attitude Toward the Government and
Political parties as we know them in American life ""'y
differ sharply with each other. The party not in office ",J
criticize the current administration unsparingly. But fund .
mentally both the Democratic and Republican Parties ;l
loyal to our form of government as it is presently c0&
tuted. Not so with the Communist Party.
Running like a red thread through Communist teach1'1^
from the very inception of the movement is the note
total hostility to our form of government. For example v.
following points are included among the fundamental [[1'j
of the Second Congress of the Communist Internati0"
delivered July 4, 1920:
the violent overthrow nt the bourgeoisie [capitalist], the c<>"'
liscation of its property, the destruction ol the whole of t|,c
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