Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Not Puppets

When my mom's dad/my grandfather became the manager of The DailyWorker (leading Communist paper in the USA, which later became The Daily World), he was aghast to find that the reporters and others working for it worked six day weeks and at least 12 hours a day. He quickly put them on schedules of 5 days a week, 8 hours a day.

A representative of the Communist Party called on him and sneered that he had fallen into a bourgeois error by granting the equivalent of union working conditions to the workers and staff of the Daily Worker. My grandfather answered that it was fair, not bourgeois, and that American Communists were not puppets.

Eventually, disgusted by the attitude manifested by this representative and many more like him, my grandfather left the CP in 1937.

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