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A Communist in a "Worker's Paradise"

This is an original copy of my grandfather's testimony before the Congressional Committee on Un-American Activities in 1963. It's the most inspiring thing I've read in years. (Big props to my best bud for tracking down a copy.)

 

He fully outlines the stark contrast between the dream that Marx had and the hugely flawed and murderous implementation of it as experienced by him as a high level official in the Hungarian Communist Government from 1949 to 1956.

 

A small excerpt:

"Mr. McNamara. Mr. Santo, you say that you are not now a member of the Communist Party and that you have not been a member since 1956. What caused your break with communism?

 

Mr. Santo. Basically, my break with communism can't be adduced to one factor alone, such as the Hungarian revolution of 1956, which gave me the opportunity to flee Hungary and communism. If it is desired to put the answer in a nutshell, it is the contradiction between the shining beauty of the theory of communism and what it is in practice as a bestial, corrupt, retrogressive way of life, as a system of government of false morality, perverted ethics, wasteful economy, and politics of horror and torture for the working people."

 

 

Full scanned PDF can be found here: tinyurl.com/5tb2ng

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Taken on August 27, 2008