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worker standing at capitalism's abyss


Although it crushed the individual person wherever practiced, communism was admired by artists and intellectuals in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. In 1991, the Soviet Union went out of existence. Yet the music, theater, movies, and fiction of today tell us that political failure is one thing, the annals of culture quite another. America absorbed communism not as an ideology but as an emotion. At this blog we are attuned to that emotion—and we’ll bring you its manifestations from the 1930s to just last week.



Lauren Weiner is a writer in Baltimore, Maryland whose essays and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, the Weekly Standard, First Things, Commentary, Policy Review, American Communist History, PajamasMedia, the Online Library of Law and Liberty, and many other publications.

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