Sanitized Radicals: Whitewashing 20th Century Socialists
Date Written: 22/06/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22779
A look at some of the 20th century's most inspiring leaders, whose socialist views have been conveniently ignored by the Right and the mainstream American media.
Ah, conservatives. From Fox News to the Wall Street Journal, their reflex response to any fundamental change to the market economy is immediate patronizing dismissal. Years ago the conservative National Review, for example, happily described the "all-too true adage," that "If one is not a socialist before the age of thirty, one has no heart; if one remains a socialist after that age of thirty, one has no head." This is a classic saw on the Right.
Someone should tell that to notorious imbecile Albert Einstein, who wrote about the need "to stop the intolerable tyranny of the owners of the means of production (land, machinery) over the wage-earners, in the broadest sense of the term." And in 1949 he prepared an extensive essay on his political and economic views for the first issue of the great socialist journal Monthly Review.