July 29, 2021

How Domestic Capitalists Allow Themselves to be Used by Totalitarian Forces – Part 8 Of The Series


Hoisting Themselves on their own Petard


Background image of Communist Che Guevara during Mercedes Benz presentation.

Our domestic communists sought to exploit American conservatives, Republicans, and businessmen for the funds they naively offered. Elements of American business believed they could control and moderate the forces of the extreme Left, while the revolutionaries believed they offered funds and entry into mainstream political circles. However, the lessons of Hitler, Mussolini, the early Bolsheviks, and the Red Chinese in the late 1940s and early 1950s proved such capitalist naiveté foolhardy.

“Young people have no conception of the conspiracy’s strategy of pressure from above and pressure from below, so well outlined in Jan Kozak’s And Not A Shot Is Fired[1]. They have no idea they are playing into the hands of the Establishment they claim to hate. The radicals think they are fighting the forces of the super-rich, like Rockefeller and Ford, and don’t realize that it is precisely such forces which are behind their own revolution, financing it, and using it for their own purposes.” Former FBI infiltrator of SDS and the CPUSA Jerry Kirk, 1970

“In the evening we went up to the U. to check out a strategy meeting. A kid was giving a report on the SDS Convention. He said that…at the Convention men from Business International Roundtables…tried to buy up a few radicals…These men are the world’s leading industrialists and they convene to decide how our lives are going to go. These are the guys who wrote the Alliance for Progress. They are the left wing of the ruling class…They offered to finance our demonstrations in Chicago (1968). We were offered Esso (Rockefeller) money. They want us to make a lot of radical commotion so they can look more in the center as they move to the left.” New Leftist James S. Kunen, The Strawberry Statement

CPUSA cultural commissar Alexander Trachtenberg noted to former Daily Worker editor Louis Budenz in reference to Rockefeller Foundation money supporting the CPUSA: “Capitalist money is paying for the fight against capitalism.” Quoted from Budenz, Louis Francis. Men Without Faces

“As for businessmen, I could persuade a capitalist on Friday to bankroll a revolution on Saturday that will bring him a profit on Sunday even though he will be executed on Monday.” Quoted from Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals

“The initial funds for the setting up of the Marxist schools were, ironically enough, contributed by wealthy business people who were personally invited to attend dinners at the homes of other men of wealth…The men who paid their hundred-dollar admissions and contributed thus to the school funds became part of the group which Earl Browder was to call the ‘progressive businessmen,’ meaning those who were willing to go along on an international program of communism. The lure was attractive: expanded profits from trade with the Soviets. The price to be paid was unimportant to these well-fed, well-heeled men, who felt the world was their oyster. The price was respectability for communism at home and leadership of the Soviets abroad.” Former CPUSA activist and member of its National Council Dodd, Bella V. School of Darkness

The Party boys who had worked on congressional committees, like the Truman committee which investigated the condition of the small businessman, had made valuable contacts for the Party’s participation in the business world. It was they who steered the establishment of the Progressive Businessmen’s Committee for the election of Roosevelt. Through them the Party had entree into local chambers of commerce and conservative business organizations like the Committee on Economic Development, in which Roy Hudson’s wife held an important research job. Party economic researchers, accountants, and lawyers got jobs with various conservative planning groups in Republican and Democratic Party setups and in nonpartisan organizations.” Former CPUSA activist and member of its National Council Dodd, Bella V. School of Darkness

Our success in beating back the Fang’s (i.e., Nelson Rockefeller’s) Endgame Scenario (another NCLC prediction of thermonuclear was) shows the potential impact we can have among previously unpenetrated strata. Operations reports from our organizers in the field indicate growing sympathy for our ‘Impeach Rocky’ campaign among right-wing circles. We must move to take advantage of this situation. Right-wing organizations offer four opportunities: 1) sources for fund-raising (especially related to our organizing); 2) political contacts to circulate our perspective in anti-Rocky political-financial military circles; 3) opportunity to expose and discredit Rocky’s Buckley-FBI-CIA penetration of the Right; 4) potential USLP members and periphery. Cadres should be firmly fixed on the politics underlying this move: the real enemy is Rocky’s fascism with a democratic face, the liberals, and social fascists. We can cooperate with the Right to defeat this common enemy. Once we have won this battle, eliminating our right-wing opposition will be comparatively easy.” NCLC Security Staff Memorandum dated from the spring of 1975

“To this same end, Labor Committee and allied Communist forces within the capitalist sector generally are working overnight, constantly, to bring into being a new Marxist International throughout the capitalist sector. This is no mere federation of socialist parties from various capitalist states. The purpose for the existence of the new international organization is to unify our forces around a common strategic programmatic conjunctural perspective and to coordinate the national tactical struggles within each nation for the achievement of our agreed strategic programmatic goals.” Lyndon LaRouche, speech titled “What Only Communists Know” Campaigner January 1976

In 1992, Marxist purists within the New Alliance Party questioned the fund raising activities amongst wealthy businessmen. New Alliance Party leader Fred Newman claimed “People complain about all the money. But I live in a capitalist society; I have to do capitalist things.” Quoted from USA Today February 17, 1992

Fred Newman rationalized fundraising activities within the community of wealthy individuals by stating in 1993: “We live in a capitalist society. Money is a form of capitalism; capitalism is a fact of life. In order to do something about changing capitalism in the long haul one has to accept the realities. There’s no way you can ignore that.” Quoted from The City Sun September 1993

Fred Newman rationalized fundraising activities within the community of wealthy individuals by stating in 1999 “We start whatever we have to do to accomplish our tasks. Capitalists do that all the time.” Quoted from New Republic December 13, 1999

“Although the industrial capitalist class, if self-organized as a class, represents a force for good in harmony with the republican policies of the independent labor movement, the capitalist property form makes the capitalists individually subject to corruption and impelled towards the most unharmonious conduct toward their proper allies of the labor movement. The political labor movement must be organized as an independent political force-a republican force-which among its other independent functions keeps its capitalist political allies from straying into heternomic obscenities.” LaRouche, Lyndon. Will the Soviets Rule in the 1980s?

“…our positions are the same. We’ve changed our tactics. You work with who you can, when you can.” Lyndon LaRouche interview with the Los Angeles Times March 20, 1986

A capitalist republic is essentially, properly, a class dictatorship-in-fact of policy making…(It) is the dictating of those policies by representatives of the conscious interest of industrial-capitalist development as a whole, in which the interests of the labor movement are the partners and immediate broader social base of the leading role of industrial capitalists as such…The interests of management and labor are properly understood to be identical in the final analysis…The labor-versus-industry nonsense must cease, at least in matters involving bearing on national policy making, national political life.” LaRouche, Lyndon H. Case of Walter Lippmann

Our strongest mass base in the United States is, of course, within both the trade-union local organizations and among pro-technology black American forces of a predominantly working class composition. Through the common agreement with our program by conservatives and our immediate working class mass base, we are creating the basis for an industry-labor alliance.  Our immediate, conjunctural struggle is to stop total war and prolonged and deep world recession through both an international industry-labor alliance and a programmatic agreement between that alliance and the leaderships of both the developing and CMEA countries. We and our immediate and active allies are the only force which sees that task clearly, both analytically and programmatically.” LaRouche, Lyndon. “Notes Concerning the Role of Labor Parties in Immediate Strategic Crisis USLP — EAP Internal Document” August 24, 1977

“The necessary alliance we must bring into being is that between us as scientific Marxists and the industrial capitalists against the monetarists in Carter’s war cabinet. We have to give these industrialists a historic self-consciousness about their own role and humanist tradition.” Dannenburg, Gabriele. “ELP Conference Theme: Humanism, Progress, Socialism” New Solidarity January 14, 1977

We are socialist, but first we must establish an industrial capitalist republic and rid this country of the Rockefeller anti-industrial, antitechnology, monetarist dictatorship of today.” Costas Axios of the National Committee of Labor Committees quoted in Washington Post August 16, 1977

I, as socialist President of our democracy, shall be presiding officer of a capitalist dictatorship!” Lyndon LaRouche, 1975

“…there is in fact real money to be made in the model we developed–real money, serious money. The damn New York Institute for Social Therapy and Research is a bloody goldmine. I really wish I could convince you business types that that’s true. There’s big money out there. In all of its versions–Marxist version, cleaned-up version–all the different versions. There’s heavy money…I mean, the openings we’re now making with the Institute–I mean in the middle class areas–they’re extraordinary; there’s lots and lots of money there; medical possibilities now, with some of the professionals that we’re adding, in areas like Holistic medical treatments and so on–enormous amounts of money. My plan now is to make in two years from now, I’d like to see the whole (Deleted) become the advertising agency give them a really serious client, the NYI. I’m serious. I see no reason why the Institute and the other entities that we’ve developed could (not?) be major clients. But I think it needs some continued investment of energy. (Deleted)’s project on the East Side has extraordinary possibilities. And I think we’re just beginning to see some of that stuff rolling now.”  New Alliance Party/International Workers Party head Fred Newman, meeting of the International Workers Party’s internal Office of Economic Development (OED), 1983

[1] Book based on a smuggled document written as a blueprint by Jan Kozak, a high level Czech Communist who laid out a plan on the peaceful, parliamentary takeover of free nations by the Reds.