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The Communist Party of USA, What It Is, How It Works

The Communist Party of USA, What It Is, How It Works

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The district covers a

portion of the country (a part of

1, or

1, 2

and sometimes 3

States, depending upon the

industries, on the size of
the membership, etc.). Thus it will be noted that district 2 covers

all of the State of New York, while district 1 includes Maine, Vermont,

Massachusetts, New Hampshu"e, and Rhode Island. Pennsylvania,
on the other

hand, is divided up between district 3

including eastern

Pennsylvania and Delaware, and district 5

including western Penn-

sylvania, the coal and steel centers.
In an effort to

befog the

pubhc mmd, the Communist Party consti-

tution declares that—

The highest body of the state organization is the State Convention, which shall
convene at least once every two years.

As a matter of

fact. Communist conventions are perfunctory affairs
with little decisive power. In a fulltime conspu-acy it is manifest

that

day-to-day decisions could not be left to a biennial convention.
Actual power resides at all times in a small secretariat of 3 or 5 within

the district or State

committee, which may be overruled at

any time
by a representative of the national committee or the Communist
International

(now the Cominform). In its turn the district or State

committee and its officials are

subject to

approval by the national

committee. It

usually consists of from 15 to 19 members.

The foUowmg chart

gives the chain of Communist command from
the Politburo of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to the

smallest Communist unit in the United States. It

attempts to

summarize the

opinions of numerous former members of the Commu-

nist

Party of the United States and the Soviet Union as to the structure
of the international Communist movement.

THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 59

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