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"Everything 'anti' was Communist."

"If you were against starving, you were a Communist. If you were against unemployment, you were a Communist. If you were against what the government was doing in terms of making the rich richer, you were a Communist...Everything 'anti' was Communist. So you end up being against the government, because the government is against you."
- Leo Seltzer, on the Hoover Administration's repressive response to dissent during the early 1930s (quoted in Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America, by David A. Taylor)

January 16, 2012 in History | Permalink


As in The Grapes of Wrath: "A red is any son-of-a-bitch that wants thirty cents an hour when we're payin' twenty-five!" says one employer. Which leads one worker to say "I ain't a son-of-a-bitch, but if that's what a red is -- why, I want thirty cents an hour. Ever'body does. Hell, Mr. Hines, we're all reds."

Posted by: Michael Leddy at Jan 16, 2012 2:22:21 PM