Working Class USA: The Power and the Movement

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chapter 5
the plus factor The Party of the Working Class

The Communist Party, USA

[From: "The Communist Party: A Product of History," Political Affairs, September, 1978.]

THE TURN OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY MARKED MORE THAN THE lapse of another hundred years. It was above all else the beginning of a stormy, explosive century of revolutionary change. History had prepared the soil, molded the forces and set the direction for historic changes. The changes and the events that have taken place since the turn of this century are truly monumental. But they are in keeping with Karl Marx's observation that humanity sets for itself only those tasks that it can fulfill.

In past centuries, wars ended in the redistribution of territory and markets between private enterprises. The results of the First World War were different because history had matured a new force, the working class, whose class interests were not served by wars of conquest.

Before the turn of the century the idea of taking political power had not yet become a serious mass concept in the ranks of the working class. Because of this, history gave rise to socialist-oriented parties that toyed with the ideas of workingclass

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