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Bono's Belly Dancing Friend
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Torontonian in Maryland
Local Time: 10:43 AM
Those Communists really know how to throw a party!
The fiesta manifesto shows fun not just for capitalists__________________
NEW YORK TIMES
"Shop in advance.'' "Keep things simple but attractive.'' "Mayonnaise is cheaper and will do instead of butter.''
As party planning tips go, these would hardly rate a second glance except that they were compiled by an organization better known for its factory-floor radicalism than for its mayonnaise dip: the American Communist Party. Who knew the Reds had a Martha Stewart streak?
To be sure, "Give a Party for the Party" is no ordinary how-to manual. Published in the late 1930s by the party's New York state branch and recently rediscovered by Brandeis University historian David Engerman browsing in his campus's collection of radical pamphlets, it's a 15-page illustrated tutorial in the art of ideologically correct fraternizing.
Among the suggested high jinks: cutting editorials from The Daily Worker into little pieces and having guests compete to see who can put them back together fastest.
Or why not try a round of anti-Fascist darts? "Six throws for a nickel, and a prize if you paste ... Trotsky in the eye." (Mind you, all this doctrinaire diversion is to be had on the cheap: the pamphlet recommends conserving beer by pouring into the middle of the glass, which "gives more foam and less liquid — stretches each barrel further.'')
Engerman's find was deemed sufficiently eye-opening, and amusing, to merit inclusion in the inaugural issue of American Communist History, the first non-partisan scholarly journal devoted to the history of the party in the United States. It's to appear twice a year.
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