With the recent death of Marxist scholar Howard Zinn, his FBI file has been released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). As was suspected, Zinn was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party of the USA. You may be saying, ‘so what?’ Well, number one, he always denied it. And number two, he was a member not during the 1920s and 30s when you could make the excuse you were an idealist…he was a member long after the jig was up. Thus, he knew exactly what he was getting into and any talk over his career about wanting democracy and freedom was a routine lie. To think millions of school children were forced to read A People’s History of the United States.
Anywho, Robert Stacy McCain has done yeoman’s work going through the file. Here’s a taste:
What is important to note here is that Zinn evidently joined the Kremlin-controlled CPUSA not during the “Popular Front” era of the 1930s — when many idealists were seduced — but after the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in which Stalin cruelly and cynically sacrificed Poland to the Nazis. Zinn was a card-carrying Commie who advocated Marxism-Leninism after the Red Army’s ”Iron Curtain” occupation of Eastern Europe, after the treachery of the Rosenbergs and Alger Hiss had been revealed, and even during the height of Stalin’s anti-Semitic “Doctors’ Plot” purge!
Some of the “So what?” reaction — “Zinn was a commie? Big surprise.” — is kind of annoying. Not everyone is grasping the significance of Zinn actually joining the CPUSA circa 1946-53, when the Soviet Union was in the grip of Stalin’s paranoia and America was awakening to the nuclear terror of the dawning Cold War.
If you have the time, RTWT.