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We intend to discuss the history, rather than debate the views, of Communist parties and groups in the United States since 1917, chiefly the Communist Party USA, its predecessors (the Communist Labor Party, C.P. of America, and United C.P.), and close relatives, such as the Proletarian Party and the Communist Political Association.

Other Yahoo! Groups discuss the history of American Trotskyism (SWP_USA; SWP-YSA) and of American Socialism outside the Leninist orbit (SPHistory). This group has been started by a non-Communist to meet a similar historical need for mainstream U.S. Communism, but also touching on such dissident Leninist trends as Lovestoneism, Trotskyism and Maoism.

There should be ample room here for civil, productive and objective, if not always neutral, discussion between Communists, non-Communists, anti-Communists, pro-Communists, ex-Communists and never-Communists. Useful contributions from all points of view are more than welcome.

Please keep your comments polite and respectful of everyone else in this Group, regardless of how warmly you may disagree or agree with their politics. Contentious and discourteous remarks may be edited or excluded from the message board; abuse of this Group or its members may, as a last resort, lead to removal, banning, or a report to Yahoo! Groups.

While it's always a fine distinction, please limit debates about policy or philosophy and discussions of current events to ones that are relevant to historical events. The history of American Communism touches on an enormous number of deep moral, practical and philosophical controversies, but the inherent merits and faults of Communism, social-democracy, liberalism, capitalism, imperialism, environmentalism and other movements are topics best handled in other Yahoo! Groups. And if someone hasn't already been publicly identified as a Communist or as a government informant, please don't start that discussion here.

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  • 34
  • Communist
  • Nov 6, 2011
  • English

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