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First Things has reprinted what your editor wrote a while back on Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94.

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Introduction

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worker standing at capitalism's abyssAlthough 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.