I’ve been looking for communist tracts and pamphlets, and in the process I’ve found a few anti-communist tracts like below.


Document #1: How to Spot a Communist

Background: This is a pamphlet prepared by the U.S. First Army Headquarters in 1955, but was reprinted in popular magazines in the 1950s

How to Spot a Communist

Events of recent years have made it obvious that there is no fool-proof way of detecting a Communist. The Communist individual is no longer a “type” exemplified by the bearded and coarse revolutionary with time bomb in briefcase. U.S. Communists come from all walks of life, profess all faiths, and exercise all trades and professions. In addition, the Communist Party, USA, has made concerted efforts to go underground for the purpose of infiltration.

If there is no fool-proof system in spotting a Communist, there are, fortunately, indications that may give him away. These indications are often subtle but always present, for the Communist, by reason of his “faith” must act and talk along certain lines.

While a … preference for long sentences is common to most Communist writing, a distinct vocabulary provides the… more easily recognized feature of the “Communist Language.”

Even a superficial reading of an article written by a Communist or a conversation with one will probably reveal the use of some of the following expressions: integrative thinking, vanguard, comrade, hootenanny, chauvinism, book-burning, syncretistic faith, bourgeois-nationalism, jingoism, colonialism, hooliganism, ruling class, progressive, demagogy, dialectical, witch-hunt, reactionary, exploitation, oppressive, materialist.

This list, selected at random, could be extended almost indefinitely. While all of the above expressions are part of the English language, their use by Communists is infinitely more frequent than by the general public…

… In addition to these very general principles common to Communist tactics, a number of specific issues have been part of the Communist arsenal for a long period of time. These issues are raised not only by Communist appeals to the public, but also by the individual Party member or sympathizer who is a product of his Communist environment. They include: “McCarthyism,” violation of civil rights, racial or religious discrimination, immigration laws, anti-subversive legislation, any legislation concerning labor unions, the military budget, “peace.”

While showing standard opposition to certain standard issues, the U.S. Communist has traditionally identified himself with certain activities in the hope of furthering his ultimate purposes. Such hobbies as “folk dancing” and “folk music” have been traditionally allied with the Communist movement in the United States…

A study such as this can lead to only one certain conclusion: There is no sure-fire way of spotting a Communist… The principle difficulty involved is the distinction between the person who merely dissents in the good old American tradition and the one who condemns for the purpose of abolishing that tradition.

In attempting to find the answer to the question: “Is this man a Communist?” a checklist such as this can prove helpful, although in itself it cannot provide the answer:

Does the individual use unusual language? (“Communist Language”)

Does he stubbornly cling to Marxist ideals without being willing to question them?

Does he condemn our American institutions and praise those of Communist countries?

Does he pick on any event, even the most insignificant occurrences in this country for his criticism?

Is he secretive about certain of his contacts?

Does he belong to groups exploiting controversial subjects?

Above all, the approach to the problem of discovering Communists must be detached and completely free from prejudice. Using some of the clues mentioned in this study in connection with a factual approach provides the best system at present of spotting a Communist

Does he pick on any event, even the most insignificant occurrences in this country for his criticism?

In other words, does he have an attention span of more than 30 seconds and understands continuity?

Look for the person who is reading a book 300 words per second because they have 90 other Marxist Texts to read that day.

"It’s easy to spot a communist when you identify they have actual empathy towards innocent human beings, especially if those human beings are not white. "

it’s easy to identify communists by their massive cranial cavities

If you see someone folk dancing in a club, they a red fash tankie.

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bourgeois morality etc etc but how fucking evil do you have to be to unironically wholesale condemn talking about “peace” and “civil rights”

This is comedy gold. Imagine living in a time where people would read this out of genuine concern though. Fucking hell.

I don’t think it’s good to use unusual language in general. We should express our ideas in common language, at least language that’s easily understood by the people we’re talking to for rhetorical purposes at least.

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Tag yourself, I’m “hootenanny”.

this man a Communist

I just learned that word earlier today while reading about folk musicians.

*a book about subversive communists

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