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permalink #101 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Wed 19 Feb 14 16:07
    
Excited to announce that Leon's son just found me a photo of Elly and
Leon together, with Leon in military uniform, which dates the photo to
roughly the same time as the letters! I will be putting a scan online
soonish.
  
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permalink #102 of 111: Scott Underwood (esau) Wed 19 Feb 14 16:10
    
That's great. I haven't chimed in here, but I'm following along.
  
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permalink #103 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Wed 19 Feb 14 16:41
    
Chime, chime! And spread the word about the blog, if you please.
  
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permalink #104 of 111: paralyzed by a question like that (debunix) Wed 19 Feb 14 16:48
    
Can't wait to see the photos.
  
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permalink #105 of 111: Marcus Porter (mkanoap) Mon 3 Mar 14 11:17
    
Leon was a proto-chow person!
  
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permalink #106 of 111: Gail Williams (gail) Mon 3 Mar 14 12:26
    
Nice.  Catching up...  the photo was great, and the latest letter has
such bizarre and entertaining descriptions.     

I'd missed this one, which touches on 1940s CP Stalinists versus
"tRATzkyites" :

<http://a-certain-party-i-love.tumblr.com/post/78017699618/i-love-you-so-much-i
-dont-want-you-to-be-tainted>
   Writing on October 25, 1940, our Leon would have had heard a lot
about Leon Trotsky's assassination in exile in Mexico City, which was
huge news only a few months prior. Not taking the time to look up the
examples of despicable parties who'd said nice things about Trotsky,
but I have to wonder if that was an "enemy of my enemy" phenomenon, or
even a speaking well of the dead phenomenon.  
   The Communist factions drama is so intense and murky.  Found an
article from that period which condemns both Stalin and Trotsky as
impure power-seekers who just used theories and revolutionary ideals to
attack one another.  It's just an example of that complex division,
written from a stance that appears to idolize the early beliefs of Marx
and Lenin and condemn what followed. How difficult to sort through the
competing flavors of propaganda and find the organization to support. 

 
<https://archive.org/details/AfterSixteenYearsOfSilenceonTrotskysArticledidStal
inPoison>
  

  I loved "you stinker with a capital stink" in his opening. SO nice. 
  
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permalink #107 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Mon 3 Mar 14 18:33
    
Yeah, I'm still looking for a better explanation of why Trotskyites
and Stalinists were at each other's throats. 
  
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permalink #108 of 111: those Andropovian bongs (rik) Mon 3 Mar 14 18:50
    
Aren't they always?
  
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permalink #109 of 111: Jack Radey via (lendie) Mon 3 Mar 14 18:54
    

ask Jack Radey
  
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permalink #110 of 111: paralyzed by a question like that (debunix) Mon 31 Mar 14 21:19
    
'for my feet, dope'

!!!!

love that bit in today's post.  So enjoying getting to know them this
way.  
  
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permalink #111 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Thu 17 Apr 14 16:13
    
A Certain Party I Love now has its own Facebook page, if you care to
join me there:

https://www.facebook.com/ACertainPartyILove
  



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