By Gaither Stewart
I speak of myself as a Socialist but in my innermost self I think of myself as a Communist. I prefer the Communist name to the beautiful word “Socialist” because the latter has in many places been either altered, weakened, diluted, deformed, its real meaning betrayed by social democrats happy to do capitalism’s bidding, and it has become ambiguous and has been ostracized as in the capitalist homeland, USA. Moreover, as a rule the Socialist designation is qualified in one way or another that detracts from its real meaning: Democratic Socialist, National Socialist, Freedom Socialist, Progressive Socialist, ad absurdum. Anything you want it to mean. Still, although very few Americans want to be known as Socialists, in recent times one hears it used more and more often, as in the organization, Socialists of America.