Opinion

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Pete Seeger and American communism

The death of Pete Seeger has sparked a worldwide outpouring of love, affection and appreciation for the life and legacy of this great artist, activist, humanitarian and socialist.

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How was it growing up under communism?

Perhaps the best thing of all was the overriding sense of camaraderie. People trusted one another, and what we had we shared.

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Left on the bookshelf: "Vision and Communism"

Students of art and anthropology, as well as Soviet history, would find this book to be a valuable addition to their personal library.

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Today in history: Musicians targeted in anti-Communist witch-hunt

On June 22, 1950, renowned musicians/performers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena Horne, Pete Seeger and Artie Shaw were labeled as suspected "Communist sympathizers" in the infamous publication "Red Channels."

Six incredibly bad films inspired by the Cold War

For some filmmakers, the Cold War became a convenient excuse for moronic plotlines, insufferable jingoism, and unapologetically reactionary politics. 

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"J. Edgar": masterpiece film about master manipulator

Does Clint Eastwood reveal the ugly truth and dark past about the life of America's most notorious secret policeman in his newest film "J. Edgar?"

Victory Day celebrated abroad

Here in the U.S. May 8th is called "Victory in Europe" day. We should celebrate it more than we do.

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“My Perestroika”: Russians cope with capitalism in fascinating documentary

Few films released in the West have shown how the transition from socialism has affected Russians and other Eastern Europeans.

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Is democracy inherent in socialism?

That's how it should be, but, as history teaches, socialism is democratic only if we make it so.

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Red-baiting muddies the waters

More than anything, American public opinion is galvanized in its revulsion to the horrific crimes committed in Tucson, Ariz.

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