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Socialist, Communist, and McCarthy-era blacklisted writers appear on the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new “Books That Shaped Work in America” list celebrating the department’s 100th anniversary.

A Socialist leader, two Stalin apologists, two blacklisted ’50s screenwriters, and a suspected Marxist are included on the list, which DOL compiled based on recommendations from various figures in the community. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez described the program as an “online book club.”

Better not invite Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.

The first two reds on the list are Sidney and Beatrice Webb, who made it for their 1897 work “Industrial Democracy,” recommended by Carter administration Labor Secretary Ray Marshall. The Webbs were supporters of the Communist economic experiment and are known in academia as apologists for Josef Stalin, whose regime they wrote about from firsthand observation in their 1935 book “Soviet Communism: A New Civilization.”

A.I. Bezzerides’ 1949 novel “Thieves Market” made the list, which makes the Department of Labor more welcoming than Red Scare Hollywood. ”During the McCarthy period, Variety said, he had trouble getting movie work because of his known leftist sympathies, but continued to pick up television jobs,” according to Bezzerides’ 2007 New York Times obituary.

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Re: Socialist, Communist authors make Obama administration reading list
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2013, 04:08:23 PM »
Here's an admission of sorts: the list
also includes some right-leaning or conservative authors including Milton Friedman, Peggy Noonan, Ayn Rand, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.

Nice to know that being "right leaning or conservative" means I am in with such excellent company.
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