Garret Keizeris a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. His most recent essay for the magazine, as well as the book that followed, was entitled “Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher” (September 2011).
The R.C.P. regards the Chinese Cultural Revolution as “the furthest advance of human emancipation yet” and any assertion to the contrary as “bourgeois slander.”
A little Lenin would go a long way here. “I find it difficult to read the papers,” the lionized Bolshevik complained to a visitor shortly before his death. “Wherever you look, they write about me. I consider this completely un-Marxist emphasis on an individual extremely harmful. It is bad, entirely inadmissible, and unnecessary. And these portraits? Everywhere! What is the purpose of all this?”
Like their biblical counterparts, Leninist proof texts depend a great deal on who’s doing the proving. Lenin also said: “The party’s task is not to concoct some fashionable means of helping the workers, but to join up with the workers’ movement, to bring light into it, to assist the workers in the struggle they themselves have already begun to wage.”
For example, USLAW opposed Saddam Hussein’s 1987 law denying union rights to all public-sector workers, a provision Paul Bremer, administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, left intact, notwithstanding his abolition of many of the former regime’s other decrees.