Communists, socialists rallying support behind Madison protests

Communist and socialist groups — including the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party, the Communist Party USA, Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party and the Democratic Socialists of America — are voicing their support for the public-sector unions protesting Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plans to curtail their collective bargaining abilities.

The communist and socialist groups have parroted many of the union talking points being used by the unions on their websites and in their publications, such as those accusing the governor of trying to break their unions. They have also compared Walker to former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

“Egypt, whose revolution has been a constant source of inspiration here, reflected in signs and chants — and Walker’s new nickname, Gov. Mubarak,” an article reads from the International Socialist Organization’s webzine.

The webzine also describes the unions’ protest of Walker’s plans to force a vote on curtailing public-sector unions as “class war in Wisconsin” and as an affront to “the standard of living of working people.”

The formerly Soviet-backed Communist Party USA (CPUSA) echoed similar talking points.

“Using the deficit as a scare tactic, the right-wing corporate Republicans are on a fast track to defeat every initiative of the Obama administration, to destroy unions and public services at the federal, state and municipal level, and at the same time protect tax breaks for the richest few,” Joelle Fishman, chair of the CPUSA’s Political Action Commission, wrote in an article posted on her party’s website.

Fishman went on to call on a “broad alliance of forces for social change (labor, racially oppressed, women, youth)” to reframe the debate for the 2012 elections.

The website of the Socialist Workers Party’s newspaper, The Militant, bears a photo of a sign proclaiming “Walker is an enemy of the people.”

Over in the Workers World Party’s newspaper Workers World, the presence of the student participants in the demonstrations is described as “as one of the most urgent tasks for young people at the moment.”

This says a lot more about the unions’ political orientation than it does about these fringe groups that have thrown their support behind the union protesters, according to noted author and former communist-turned-conservative activist Ron Radosh.

Radosh doesn’t believe the communist and socialist groups have been orchestrating the protests, but their willingness to speak the same language as the unions shows how far to the left the public-sector unions have moved.

“Their positions are the same as the unions, and that’s not surprising,” Radosh said. “But if you try to prove or show the level of cooperation there, it is very difficult to show that.”

At the same time, Radosh says both the communists and the unions have resorted to trotting out the same talking points communists and other radicals used in the 1930s.

But he cautions against labeling the unions as socialist or communist because they largely do not advocate overthrowing the current system.

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  • formerrepub99

    “This says a lot more about the unions’ political orientation than it does about these fringe groups that have thrown their support behind the union protesters…”

    ahhh, no, it doesn’t. it says a lot more about political news organizations that want to conspiracy-ize liberals and unions and equate them with communists and socialists. it’s disappointing that this article does the same thing that some extremist left political news organizations do that equate all moderate republicans with tea partiers, etc. i don’t believe them about the conservatives and, as hopeless as it is, i pray that conservatives will stop believing this kind of pablum about liberals.

  • Hognutts

    New tea-shirt for all Korea and Vietnam Vets. I WAS KILLING COMMIES WHEN I WAS A KID. just saying.

  • Jeugenen

    When unions had local folks as spokesmen, this extortion of economically ruinously high wages was never a problem. But when the Neo-Marxists insidiously infiltrated the leadership of the unions, perniciously exploiting the workers to the detriment of the state, unions became unpopular. Walker, by “His move to strip many state workers of their collective bargaining rights has drawn national attention. Conservatives are hailing his bold leadership.” These Neo-Marxists leaders are condemned by the Tea Parties to go to wall – to the benefit of the American People.

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  • caveman

    And for one of the Socialists behind them

    Benbit.  This is a post I found on the web that tell’s the truth!!!!!!

    The truth is that George Soros was a Jewish Nazi sympathizer and even said so in a 1998 60 Minutes interview.

    Most of the versions of this interview have been scrubbed from the net by Soros but the transcript survives. Soros uses the propaganda of Media Matters (which he contributes heavily to) and useful idiots like David Goetzl to try to re-write history for this Nazi Collaborator. Demonize the messenger like Beck but Soros is a victim. Yeah right!

    So should FOX fire Glenn Beck? If so, then CBS should have fired Steve Kroft for that 60 Minutes interview and more importantly, Media Post should fire David Goetzl for dishonest blogging and propping up this LEFT WING MEME.

    60 Minutes Interview with Soros: KROFT: (Voiceover) To understand the complexities and contradictions in his personality, you have to go back to the very beginning: to Budapest, where George Soros was born 68 years ago to parents who were wealthy, well-educated and Jewish.

    When the Nazis occupied Budapest in 1944, George Soros’ father was a successful lawyer. He lived on an island in the Danube and liked to commute to work in a rowboat. But knowing there were problems ahead for the Jews, he decided to split his family up. He bought them forged papers and he bribed a government official to take 14-year-old George Soros in and swear that he was his Christian godson. But survival carried a heavy price tag. While hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were being shipped off to the death camps, George Soros accompanied his phony godfather on his appointed rounds, confiscating property from the Jews.

    (Vintage footage of Jews walking in line; man dragging little boy in line)

    KROFT: (Voiceover) These are pictures from 1944 of what happened to George Soros’ friends and neighbors.

    (Vintage footage of women and men with bags over their shoulders walking; crowd by a train)

    KROFT: (Voiceover) You’re a Hungarian Jew…

    Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

    KROFT: (Voiceover) …who escaped the Holocaust…

    (Vintage footage of women walking by train)

    Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Mm-hmm.

    (Vintage footage of people getting on train)

    KROFT: (Voiceover) … by — by posing as a Christian.

    Mr. SOROS: (Voiceover) Right.

    (Vintage footage of women helping each other get on train; train door closing with people in boxcar)

    KROFT: (Voiceover) And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.

    Mr. SOROS: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made.

    KROFT: In what way?

    Mr. SOROS: That one should think ahead. One should understand and — and anticipate events and when — when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a — a very personal experience of evil.

    KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

    Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.

    KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

    Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

    KROFT: I mean, that’s — that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

    Mr. SOROS: Not — not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t — you don’t see the connection. But it was — it created no — no problem at all.

    KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

    Mr. SOROS: No.

    KROFT: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?

    Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c — I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was — well, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets — that if I weren’t there — of course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would — would — would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the — whether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the — I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.

    • J Baustian

      Quote: “The truth is that George Soros was a Jewish Nazi sympathizer”

      I think the correct term you were looking for is “collaborator”.

      A collaborator is one who, while not supporting the occupying forces, is willing to cooperate with them for his personal benefit or advantage. In France, there were many collaborators with the Nazis, and unknown thousands of them were executed without a trial when the Germans retreated. Many French women who became the girlfriends of German officers were stripped in the streets, beaten up and had their hair hacked off — a public humiliation which was probably better than death, but many of them were also killed.

      I suppose it is possible to argue that Soros advocates some policies which are similar to those of national socialism; but there is no evidence that he was actually a Nazi sympathizer.

      • Iowa48

        “there is no evidence that he was actually a Nazi sympathizer”
        You are absolutely right. Actually there is no evidence that any Europeans were Nazi sympathizers. Despite the concentration camp complexes being adjacent to population centers (e.g.Mauthausen & Dachau), nobody knew anything
        about what was going on. I figure the Holocausst must have been committed by
        maybe a half-dozen renegade Germans and Euro-trash, ’cause nobody else in Europe ever knew anything at all about it or has ever really been held accountable for it. And Euro-trash tolerance for the continuation of Hitler’s
        policies by the Arabs & Palestinians is just “politics”.

      • caveman

        Yes, Collaborator is a better word for Soros, It just felt good to read some real reporting form the past. CBS what happen you!!!!