The Red Decade: The Stalinist Penetration of America


On the day when this book was ready for the press, Nazi Germany invaded Russia. The attack, as Vice-Premier Viacheslav Molotov charged, was wholly unprovoked. Stalin had appeased Hitler and supported Hitler's cause with unflagging and demonstrative energy. For twenty-two months the Communist International and its endless open and clandestine extensions had preached defeatism to the French, immediate negotiated peace to the British, anti-Yankee sentiments to the Latin Americans, rigid isolationism to the people of the United States. The communist "line" for America had been indistinguishable from the Nazi line: non-intervention in European affairs, promotion of strikes in defense industries, class and group hatreds and the rest.

That line was hastily and clumsily reversed within a few hours after the blitzkrieg was unloosed against Stalin's country. Yesterday's "imperialist" and "plutocratic" war was magically transmuted into a people's war for freedom and justice. Conscription, national armaments, aid to Britain were mysteriously sanctified in a flash for all American Stalinists, whether acknowledged or disguised.

Through an act of Hitler's, the despised "pluto-democracies" were instantly converted into crusaders against evil in the eyes of all good comrades. Two notoriously Stalinoid organizations, the American Youth Congress and the National Maritime Union, happened to be holding conventions soon after the Nazi ingrates double-crossed their Soviet associates; both had been conspicuously active in fighting any sort of aid to Britain; both now came out for unstinted and undelayed American help to the British. The national organization especially created to promote the strictest isolationism and non-intervention, the American Peace Mobilization, called off its "peace vigil" at the White House and announced its support of aid to Britain. The whole communist "peace front"--until the night of June 22 so loud and busy . . .

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Indianapolis
Publication year:
  • 1941


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