Monday, May 15, 2017

PCG Produces More McCarthyite Red Baiting

A generation ago the peoples of eastern Europe overthrew the Communist regimes of eastern Europe and the Soviet Union (which was dissolved) and China embraced a market economy and PCG's resident McCarthyite, Andrew Müller, is still trying to make PCG's followers scared of Communists, a numerically small political group in the United States, in an unreasonable way. This may be seen in a recent article (Andrew Müller, California Mulls Allowing Communists in State Government, May 11, 2017).
Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced a bill into the California State Assembly last December; a bill that that would remove the ban on Communist Party members working in state government positions. Banta argued that California law should not focus on “empty labels” and political affiliations, but should focus on an individual’s actions. He calls this legislation a “cleanup bill that removes archaic and outdated references to the Communist Party in our state laws, specifically those stating that a public employee may be dismissed from employment if he or she advocates or is knowingly a member of the Communist Party.” ... 
Whether this bill successfully passes the California Senate is a moot point. The fact that politics is at a point where Communists may soon run for office isn’t tremendously significant. It is the fact that American culture has come to a point were those believing in Marxism are considered electorally viable that is terrifying.
Maybe Andrew Müller should run for office himself or work against such candidates if he is so terrified. However PCG and many other COGs forbid their members from running for political office.

He insists that social science professors are more inclined to identify themselves as Marxist, thuds condemning education institutions.
According to a 2006 survey, 3 percent of American university professors self-identify as Marxists. This figure rises to 5 percent of humanities professors and 18 percent of social science professors. This survey found that a social science professor was three times more likely to be a self-avowed Marxist than a conservative.
He then cites WorldNetDaily (March 3, 2011) and (April 11, 2012) to use the Communist Party USA to slur other American leftists such as the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
The Communist Party USA endorsed both Obama presidential campaigns and has referred to the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus as ideological allies. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, which was founded by the Democratic Socialists of America, now encompasses 14 percent of Congress. It is increasingly evident that Marxism is not dead. It is alive and well in American universities and spreading into other areas of society.
This is classic McCarthyite red baiting. It was the practice during the era of McCarthyism to use any connection with the Communist Party to slur unwanted voices. The Congressional Progressive Caucus is not the Communist Party USA but Müller links them together to make his audience fearful and not listen to them.

He scare mongers that the Congressional Progressive Caucus has 14% of Congress ignoring the fact that the Republicans have a majority in Congress.

At the end he reveals that he is not just focused on Communists in California as the article's title would suggest.
Today, the 1960s New Left student radicals are the leaders of the modern Democratic Party—and we’re not only talking about fringe politicians in California. These radical leaders are now shifting their party even further left to gain the support of the millennials—a demographic that leans overwhelmingly Democrat and even socialist. This type of strategy can only lead to civil unrest and violent revolution.
One moment Müller is complaining about Communists in California being allowed to pursue state employment, next moment he condemns "the leaders of the modern Democratic Party" as "radical leaders" thus showing that this McCarthyite scare mongering of Communists is actually an attack against the left in general including "the leaders of the modern Democratic Party". The Communists are used to slur the left in general.

The spirit of McCarthyism is alive and well in PCG's headquarters. No good can come from this.

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