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Communists: They're Just Like Us!

The New Republic's John Judis digs up an old pamphlet from the Young Communist League:

Some people have the idea that a YCLer is political minded, that nothing outside of politics means anything. Gosh no. They have a few simple problems. There is the problem of getting good men on the baseball team this spring, of opposition from ping-pong teams, of dating girls, etc. We go to shows, parties dances and all that. In short, the YCL and its members are no different from other people except that we believe in dialectical materialism as a solution to all problems.

They're as American as apple pie! They just believe an empowered proletariat yields a flakier crust. Good times. I should also note that the rest of John's article -- on the link between recessions and social conservatism -- is well worth a read.

By Ezra Klein  |  May 22, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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