Just like Howard Zinn, and all of the middle class radical material published by Haymarket Books, this "History of Working Class Struggle in the United States" touches on the Wobblies, Eugene Debs, and NOT the Communist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, or anything post 1920.
Wow. Just wow.
This trend among bourgeois left and social democratic historians to downplay the 1930s because the leaders were "confused by Stalinism" has often disturbed me. Frances Piven does it. Howard Zinn did it. Noam Chomsky does it.
Now, PSL has joined in.
Why not just drop the pretense of Leninism as an ideology?
According to this 20 minute screed, "Marxist-Leninists" never did anything worth mentioning.
The common and age-old narrative of "Socialism in the U.S. was great till Leninism came along" is left unchallenged.
The word "CIO" is missing from this speech. The words "unemployed councils" are as well. Even his mention of the issue of self-determination makes no reference to historic importance in the Black struggle played by the Communist Party.
This speech is an embarrassment to "Marxist-Leninists." I wonder if PSL does any internal education whatsoever on the history of Marxism-Leninism in the U.S., or just lets their youth get it from Anarcho-Social-Democrat college professors, who are so rampant on Universities.