Agitprop : the life of an American working-class radical : by Eugene V. Dennett

By Eugene V. Dennett

Agitprop is the memoir of a Washington country maritime and metal employee who used to be an established activist within the American Federation of work, the Congress of business organisations, and the Communist celebration. Born to a Massachusetts operating category socialist kinfolk, Dennett is an idealist who sought to unify theoretical precept, coverage, and perform in his way of life. His existence tale embodies broader topics that make this publication an allegorical depiction of 1 man's trip via twentieth century working-class the United States.

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I advised them that I had carefully studied the six­volume Lenin library, that I rejoiced in the successes of the Russian Revolution and hoped we could bring about socialism in the United States of America because that logic meant turning our society from a dog­eat­dog conflict into a cooperative society, where people worked in harmony and helped each other instead of climbing over their corpses to get ahead.  They said they wanted to test my nerve, found me to be okay, and would recommend me for Party membership.

These were the policies of the Communist Party's Unemployed Councils, which additionally advocated unemployment insurance and demanded union wages be paid for all work relief.  This policy caused me severe problems later because it did not answer to the needs of the people in 1932.  Disputes among us could arise over disagreement about the "facts" and also over the conclusions we made from the facts.  I did observe its successful use in the District Buro.  Later I learned it followed the military conception of discipline, where the lower ranks were compelled to obey the higher ones.

Wells broke down and cried.  He served time in McNeil Penitentiary where he was tortured because he was convicted of sedition for opposing the United States' entrance into World War I.  Instead capitalism would make war to redivide the world markets at the expense of the workers.  I found some hints that seemed logical, although most workers were not really convinced. " Those are all entertaining theories, but nothing in the United States to date has worked out as theorized.

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