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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The American Civil Liberties Union was a Communist Front

The American Civil Liberties Union was a Communist Front
              by Chuck Morse  7/2/01

After his release from prison where he served a sentence for
draft evasion, anarchist Roger Baldwin founded the ACLU in 1919
at a party attended by Socialist Party notable Norman Thomas,
future Communist Party chairman Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and
Soviet agent Agnes Smedley. In 1920, Rev.  Harry Ward, the Red
Dean of the Union Theological Seminary was Chairman, Baldwin was
director, and Communist publisher Louis Budenz, who would later
go on to testify against Communism, director of publicity.  Other
Communist and radical founders included William Z. Foster, author
of "Toward Soviet America", Harold J. Laski, Morris Hilquit,
A.J.Muste, Scott Nearing, Eugene V.  Debs, and John Dewey.  The
1930's membership would include such radicals and change agents
as Vito Marcantonio, Haywood Broun, Corliss Lamont, and
Bishop G. Bromley Oxnan.  The 1940's roll would include George S.
Counts, Norman Cousins, Melvyn Douglas, Robert M. Hutchins, and
Freda Kirchwey.  Most prominent American luminaries of the left
were, and are, members of the ACLU.

On January 17, 1931, the Special House (of Representatives)
Committee to Investigate Communist Activities in the United
States issued a report which stated the following:

"The American Civil Liberties Union is closely affiliated with
the communist movement in the United States, and fully 90% of its
efforts are on behalf of Communists who have come into conflict
with the law. It claims to stand for free speech, free press, and
free assembly; but it is quite apparent that the main function of
the ACLU is to attempt to protect the communists in their
advocacy of force and violence to overthrow the Government,
replacing the American flag with a red flag and erecting a Soviet
Government in place of the republican form of government
guaranteed to each State by the Federal Constitution Roger N.
Baldwin, its guiding spirit, makes no attempt to hide his
friendship for the communists and their principles."

In 1935, Baldwin wrote the following in his college yearbook:

"I have been to Europe several times, mostly in connection with
international radical activities and have traveled in the United
States to areas of conflict over workers rights to strike and
organize.  My chief aversion is the system of greed, private
profit, privilege and violence which makes up the control of the
world today, and which has brought it to the tragic crisis of
unprecedented hunger and unemployment .  Therefore, I am for
Socialism, disarmament and ultimately, for the abolishing of the
State itself seek the social ownership of property, the abolition
of the propertied class and sole control of those who produce
wealth. Communism is the goal."

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