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In a few recent posts, I made some rather disparaging remarks about Kim Jong-il. I do want to retract those statements.
I was born in 1972. Communism was still a [B]serious[/B] threat to the capitalists at that time, and, until Gorbachev, it only got worse.
I grew up hearing about the "Evil Empire", ducking under my desk for bomb drills at school, and being completely brainwashed about the wonder of capitalism. In 9th grade, for example, we read Ayn Rand.
Communism today is in a somewhat precarious position. We argue over who was a true Marxist - Stalin or Mao. We are fragmented into numerous, small, groups. We are more active on-line than in person.
What we need to do, as American Communists, is to forget trying to push the greatness of Stalin and/or Mao - We are Americans,not Russian or Chinese. We need to return to the primary principles of Marxist-Leninist theory, and observe the ideas of Stalin,