Marxist IQ: The socialist idea

BY:Communist Party USA| September 14, 2018
Marxist IQ: The socialist idea


In response to the Trump administration’s war against labor and all peoples movements, there has been a significant revival of interest in the United States in socialism.  This IQ is dedicated to advancing that interest and furthering an understanding of both socialism and its enemies.

1. In the United States, the first widespread attacks on “socialism” as a dangerous foreign import came from:

a. Business leaders in the 1920s;
b. Pro-slavery politicians in the 1850s;
c. McCarthyites in the 1950s;
d. Catholic clergymen in the 1890s.


2. Jack London’s The Iron Heel was:

a. A socialist novel of the Alaskan wilderness;
b. The predecessor of what was later called  post modernist literature;
c. A popular socialist novel portraying a monstrous dictatorship similar to  what would be  later called fascism.
d. The novel on which a famous American movie was later based.


3. Before he died Friedrich Engels predicted the choice the people of the world would eventually face was between:

a. “Freedom” or  “totalitarianism;”
b. “Market socialism” or “command economies;”
c.  Marxian or Fabian socialism;
d. Socialism or barbarism.


4. From the Communist Manifesto (1848) and the founding of the First International (1864) to the present,  proletarian internationalism has meant:

a. Opposition to ruling class wars  using workers as cannon fodder;
b. Support for the independence of peoples subjugated in empires;
c. International cooperation among workers movements against capitalist exploitation;
d. All of the above.

5. The Communist Party USA, in the tradition of Marxism-Leninism continues to see a socialist system in the U.S. established through:

a. Organizing workers  for immediate revolution;
b. Working within the Democratic Party to transform it into a revolutionary party;
c.  Building coalitions with peoples movements, organizing labor and peoples movements,  educating the people about the need for socialism, utilizing strikes, boycotts, occupations, and elections;
d. All of the above.

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    The Communist Party USA is a working class organization founded in 1919 in Chicago, IL.

    The Communist Party stands for the interests of the American working class and the American people. It stands for our interests in both the present and the future. Solidarity with workers of other countries is also part of our work. We work in coalition with the labor movement, the peace movement, the student movement, organizations fighting for equality and social justice, the environmental movement, immigrants rights groups and the health care for all campaign.

    But to win a better life for working families, we believe that we must go further. We believe that the American people can replace capitalism with a system that puts people before profit — socialism.

    We are rooted in our country's revolutionary history and its struggles for democracy. We call for "Bill of Rights" socialism, guaranteeing full individual freedoms.

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