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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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In order to insure

unquestioning obedience to its

mandates, the

international Communist movement inculcates

complete subservience

to its "leader." Thus Joseph Stalin was referred to in such

superlative

terms as "the leader of

progressive humanity," "the

great defender

of

peace," "great successor in the cause of the immortal Lenin," the

"unifier of

peoples," "the

great military leader of modern times,"

"greatest strategist of our

era," "symbol of heroism and glory," and

so on.

On a smaller scale the same atmosphere of slavish adulation

per-
meates the national committee of the Communist Party, USA. Tes-

timony to this effect comes from William Z.

Foster, himself, the

party's

chairman. In his article in Political Affahs for

September 1945

Foster states

frankly:

With his

great personal prestige and his excessive

degree of

authority, Browder's

word had become practically the law in our Party * * *

He had grown almost
into a dictator. His authority reached such a point that his word had become

virtually unchallengeable in our Party. His policies and writings finally were
accepted almost

uncritically by the leaders and the general membership. Browder

created around himself an atmosphere of

infallibility and unchallengeable author-

ity. All this was accentuated by the deluge of

petty-bourgeois adulation, praise-
mongering and hero-worship that was constantly poured upon him by our leader-
ship and our members * * *
Constantly grasping for more power, Comrade Browder had largely liquidated
the political functions of the Party's leading bodies. He habitually by-passed
the National Board in

policy making * * *
The National Committee, also had gradually lost all real political power. It

assembled; it listened to Browder's proposals; it affirmed them; and it

dispersed

to the districts to

impress the policy upon the membership. Of genuine political
discussion there was none whatever in the National Committee. Similarly, our
recent National Conventions were hardly better than the National Committee

62 THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

meetings—with their formal endorsement of Browder's reports, no political
discussions and no self-critical examination of the leadership * * *
In this stifling bureaucratic atmosphere * * *

political thinking itself was
hamstrung. Comrade Browder, basing himself upon the high prestige which he
enjoyed among the Party membership, made policy pretty much as he saw fit.

Of course, Foster strives to create the

impression that Earl Browder
was individually at fault for this state of affairs. Nowhere does he
admit that the atmosphere he describes is

typical. The fact remains

that

although Browder was

general secretary from 1930 to 1945

with the

knowledge and approval of his Moscow superiors, Foster,

who had been loud in

praise of Browder's "insight and vision,"

hailing him as the "heroic leader of the

people," did not dare to

change
his tune pubhcly until 1945 after the French Communist leader,

Jacques Duclos, had damned Browder in the name of the interna-
tional Communist hierarchy. Following the

ejection of

Browder,

Foster was quick to

pay his

homage to his

successor, Eugene Dennis,

quoting him with deepest respect. Dennis, according to Foster in

the

Daily Worker of

May 15, 1950, "symbolizes the

just cause of

peace, democracy, and socialism" and is

singled out as "the foremost

leader of our party."

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