Working Class USA: The Power and the Movement

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chapter2 back to basics Fighting for Class Struggle Trade Unionism

Labor in the Post-McCarthy Period

[ Excerpts from: "Labor -- Key Force for Peace, Civil Rights and Economic Security,"report to meeting of national Communist Party leadership, 1966.]

I THINK ALL OF YOU WILL AGREE THAT THE TIME HAS ARRIVED when it is vitally necessary for our Party to make a sharp break with past practices and, once and for all, place the question of the working class, the trade unions and the related problems into the very center of our work. We cannot any longer postpone this change of emphasis.

The future -- and I mean the immediate and the long-range future -- of all social progress, the future of the Left upsurge, the future of our Party is decisively bound up with this question. All subsequent developments in the struggle for peace, for civil rights, as well as in the youth upsurge will, in a critical measure, be determined by what the working class will do, how it will react to coming events.

We are dealing here with one of the most fundamental laws of social development under capitalism. The position of

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