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Hawkes argues that Leon Keyserling even repudiated wealth redistribution, “pointing out that it was the policy of Communists, and persuaded the leaders of American labour to follow the ‘guns for butter’ strategy of full employment through huge defence spending, rather than social welfare programmes.” Actually, Keyserling took a position very similar to that of the social-democratic and anti-Communist civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, who argued in the 1960s that America could afford both guns and butter, and both defense spending and necessary social welfare policies and programs. His argument that Keyserling alone is the man who “convinced the leaders of the AFL-CIO to back the Vietnam War” is an insult to the very smart George Meany and his associates, who had the advice of men like Jay Lovestone and later Tom Kahn. They did not need Leon Keyserling to “convince” them to stand with a strong U.S. foreign policy in opposition to the Soviet Union.

Mr. Hawkes then writes that former leftist Wilbur Cohen, once a radical welfare expert, “become an advocate for workfare rather than cash assistance.” Shocking! Imagine someone concerned with the poor arguing that handouts from the government is not the answer to poverty. Clearly to Hawkes, such a person is a sellout. His arguments reveal much about his own views, which he transfers to those he is writing about.

He ends by bemoaning the fact that “the anti-communists could claim to have scored a convincing victory.” Thank God! At least the American people, unlike Mr. Hawkes, showed that they had common sense.

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Diane West's new book "American Betrayal" is a fasinating read about the communist infiltration. I couldn't put it down even though it broke my heart thinking of what could have been.
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Communists are a disgusting bunch. Ideas like continuing an economic depression so THEIR aims and desires are fulfilled at the expense of hungry children is the Democrat/communist way. Maybe this is what Obama is trying to do. Prevent things like the Keystone Pipeline that could lower gasoline prices. Instead, he wants prices to sky rocket. Maybe his hoping for some sort of revolution. This article may be the key to uncovering what I believe is Obama's hidden agenda.
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The EU re-conception of WW2 as a European Civil War is entirely correct. National Socialist ran German; Communists ran Russia; Communists (secretly) ran the United States. These governments differed only in who and how many had to murdered to create the Socialist Workers' Paradise.

The future belongs to the complete and total rejection of socialism and its intellectual offspring (which are still quite popular).
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So the Keyserlings were ahead of their time. They tried to march through the institutions at a time when someone would complain about it. Now they would be hailed and probably offered a cabinet post. And from Columbia U., who would have thunk it?

CPUSA were Marxists and Bolsheviks, not socialists.
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Stealth? FDR loved the Communists and based most of his actions on Communist ideology and economics. FDR sent huge amounts of material to Stalin allowing him to overrun Eastern Europe and make the world a very dangerous place for decades. He certainly had to have known how many Communist agents were in the Federal Government because the DC spymasters were complaining to the home office that there were so many it was impossible to keep them unnoticed. Then there is the fact that FDR was more cordial with Stalin than Churchill, more admiring of Mao than Chiang Kai Shek.
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Diane West's new book "American Betrayal" is a fasinating read about the communist infiltration. I couldn't put it down even though it broke my heart thinking of what could have been.
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You might want to read Radosh's self-described "takedown" of the book. http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2013/08/07/why-i-wrote-a-take-down-of-diana-wests-awful-book/
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A large part of what is in her book was found in what was called the Venona project. This was an intercept of cables to and from Moscow starting around 1939 but not decoded and unclassified until much later. This confirmed a network of Soviet spies up to and possibly including Harry Hopkins, FDRs most trusted advisor. I'm only about a third of the way through the book right now but it has been giving me many sleepless nights reading. McCarthy was right!
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No surprises here - The New Deal was chock-full of out-and-out communists, fellow travelers, "extreme-left-leaning" liberals and other useful idiots. They were drawn like moths to a flame when FDR embraced Keynesian economic theory and began the borrow-and-spend programs that continue to bedevil us. Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great leader but knew next to nothing about economics and didn't care very much about it. He was willing to take the advice of all of those bright young Ivy Leaguers who were anxious to expand both government power and their own power inside of government. We are still feeling the effects today.
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" Keyserling wrote in 1934 that “the country is recovering too rapidly. A few more years of depression would have promoted violence, and without violence fundamental reform is unlikely.”"

Gee, and we aren't recovering at all these days due to (intentionally?) bad policies by someone tutored by a marxist and is helping to inflame racial passions and has stated he wants fundamental transformation.

But to even raise an eyebrow at his policies is racist and entirely dismissable.
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The full story of New Deal communism is yet to be told. Who would have thought of Ernest Hemingway and his third wife Martha Gellhorn of sympathy for the Communist line on Spain and further conflicts? A picture of conflict that was in tune with the CP line on Spain and China for instance? See http://clarespark.com/2012/07/09/hbo-does-gellhorn-in-red/. That line? From Spain on it was "the People" versus "Fascism." The concrete history of variegated social movements of either Left or Right were off the charts.
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