The Whole of Their Lives: Communism in America, a Personal History and Intimate Portrayal of Its Leaders

The Whole of Their Lives: Communism in America, a Personal History and Intimate Portrayal of Its Leaders

The Whole of Their Lives: Communism in America, a Personal History and Intimate Portrayal of Its Leaders

The Whole of Their Lives: Communism in America, a Personal History and Intimate Portrayal of Its Leaders

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I have known Ben Gitlow for thirty-five years. He is a heroic figure to me, and to others who know intimately what he went through. His moral force is of the kind we need desperately in these days.

Our civilization is in peril because so many eager and uncritical minds, beguiled by the communist ideal, instead of being trained in virtue, are trained to renounce all moral standards in the service of their ideal. Those consecrating themselves to communism must not only cast out truth, mercy, justice, and personal honor, but undergo a sickening discipline in lies, cruelty, crime, and self-abasement. They must endorse such "Leninist" maxims as these:

"We do not believe in external principles of morality . . . Communist morality is identical with the fight to strengthen the dictatorship of the proletariat."

"We must be ready to employ trickery, deceit, lawbreaking, withholding and concealing truth."

"We can and must write . . . in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, scorn and the like toward those of differing opinion."

This doctrine of immorality on principle, invented by Marx, brought into focus by Lenin, and carried into limitless action by Stalin, is playing a major role in the disintegration of our Graeco- Christian civilization. Many who go in for communism in a mood of high-minded revolt against lesser evils come to a point where they realize this fact and apprehend its consequences with horror. But by that time they are consecrated; they are fixed firm. Their whole life-pattern--daily bread and daily nutriment of esteem--is conditioned . . .

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