JF Ptak Science Books Post 2363
Earl Browder was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the United States, this penny pamphlet (brown and brittle and crumbling today and smelling like a brown and crumbling and brittle Communist penny-pamphlet) is the text of a speech he delivered on the party's anti-war stance on September 29, 1939--just a few weeks after the otubreak of WWII. He called it an imperialist's war, imperialists on both sides, both sides equally at fault. The Soviet Union of course wants the war to stop-but-not-really, for both sides to cease and desist, sort of--the outcome would be the "brilliant Leninist doctrine" that would have both sides fighting each other to doom, so that the Soviet Union could succeed and replace the two vanquished imperialists.
Browder thought that the Communist Party in the USA wouls save the country, so long as the party wasn't extinguished.
In the dreamtime of Browder's plans and hopes Joseph Stalin had this to say to Adolph Hitler in August 1939:
"To the chancellor of the German Reich, Herr A. Hitler.
I thank you for your letter. I hope that the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact will mark a decisive turn for the better in the political relations between our two countries.
He had signed a Non-Aggression pact with the Nazis, as well as a Economic Agreement and a Secret Protocol, the last allowing the Soviets to gobble up much of Eastern Europe. This all changed of course on June 22, 1941, the launch of the Nazi Barbarossa plan, a massive and bloody attack on the Soviet Union. That is when the Communist plan of anti-intervention in the Imperialist war turned instantly into an all-out war of intervention against the formerly brother Fascists in an effort to save Mother Russia. On June 21 the USSR was friendly with the Nazis and allowed a semi-passive Imperialist hand to swipe up and ruin countries in Eastern Europe; on June 22 the federation is forgotten and the ill-gained graces destroyed as if they had never existed, and the Communist Party stands for something else. It all feels that way handling this pamphlet, a not-so-slow disintegration of words and deeds.