Hollywood’s Blacklisted Communist: The Truth About Trumbo

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Investor’s Business Daily.

A long-touted motion picture on prominent Hollywood screenwriter and communist Dalton Trumbo debuts in theaters this weekend. I will see the film, but first I’d like to share some background on Trumbo. I do so not as a film critic but as a historian of the Cold War and communism, including the Hollywood front for which Trumbo was extremely active.

For starters, it’s crucial to keep in mind that communism was responsible for the deaths of over 100 million people in the last century, double the combined tolls of World War I and II. It’s also vital to know that most American communists (small “c”) did not actually join the Party. Only the hardcore went that far. Those who joined the Party took a major leap of faith. They became loyal Soviet patriots. Regardless of their American citizenship, Communist Party members in the Stalin era (when Dalton Trumbo joined the Party) swore an oath: “I pledge myself to rally the masses to defend the Soviet Union…I pledge myself to remain at all times a vigilant and firm defender of the Leninist line of the Party, the only line that ensures the triumph of Soviet Power in the United States.”

They wanted the “triumph” of Soviet power in America. They truly took marching orders from the Kremlin. The most fanatical among them (Trumbo included) remained in the Party even after the signing of the Hitler-Stalin Pact that launched World War II. Stalin aided and abetted Hitler in that apocalyptic action, enabling history’s deadliest war and the Holocaust.

American members of the Communist Party were dedicated to what their General Secretary William Z. Foster called a “Soviet America,” or what Langston Hughes called a “U.S.S.A.” “Put one more ‘S’ in the USA to make it Soviet,” proclaimed Hughes. “The USA when we take control will be the USSA.”

As for the Hollywood Ten, all were members of the Communist Party, and we’ve known their card numbers since the 1940s: Dalton Trumbo: 47187; John Howard Lawson: 47275; Albert Maltz: 47196; Alvah Bessie: 47279; Samuel Ornitz: 47181; Herbert Biberman: 47267; Edward Dmytryk: 46859; Adrian Scott: 47200; Ring Lardner Jr.: 47180; and Lester Cole: 47226. Most remained vigorous in their Party work right up until they were called before Congress—i.e., the bipartisan Democrats and Republicans today tarred with the dread label “HUAC.” Some, such as Alvah Bessie, traveled abroad and took up arms for the communists in wartime. The only one who repented was Dmytryk.

What about their work in film?

Communists knew that the film industry could be a tremendous source of propaganda. Vladimir Lenin said that “of all the arts, for us the most important is cinema.” Grigori Zinoviev, head of the Soviet Comintern, ordered that motion pictures “must become a mighty weapon of communist propaganda and for the enlightening of the widest working masses.” In March 1928, the Soviets held their first Party Conference on Cinema.

The Bolsheviks realized that nowhere was the movie industry as advanced and influential as the United States, especially in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Their American comrades wholeheartedly agreed.

Dalton Trumbo declared that “every screenwriter worth his salt wages the battle in his own way—a kind of literary guerrilla warfare.” He said that not employing the medium of film was tantamount to abandoning the struggle altogether.”

A fellow screenwriter who militantly enforced that warfare was a nasty individual named John Howard Lawson, known as “Hollywood’s commissar.” In his Film in the Battle of Ideas, published by the communist house Masses & Mainstream, Lawson shrewdly instructed his comrades: “As a writer do not try to write an entire Communist picture, [but] try to get five minutes of communist doctrine, five minutes of the party line in every script that you write.” He insisted: “It is your duty to further the class struggle by your performance.”

As for Dalton Trumbo, he wrote some good movie scripts. He also wrote some that clearly echoed elements of the Party line. The trailer for the Trumbo movie shows him stoically meeting with Kirk Douglas for the classic film “Spartacus.” Here’s something you should know about “Spartacus:” For the film adaptation, Trumbo wrote a script based on Howard Fast’s novel, Spartacus. Fast was the proud recipient of the Stalin Prize.

Given such realities, Congress in October 1947 summoned Trumbo and Lawson and other screenwriters to ask about their use of film as covert propaganda. Congressmen had questions about the screenwriters’ Soviet loyalties and whether these loyalties affected what they were writing for mass consumption. In response, these secret Party members screamed foul and wrapped themselves in a First Amendment that did not exist in the USSR and would be the first thing facing the firing squad in a Moscow-controlled “Soviet America.” Rather than truthfully answer questions or try to persuade the public that their loyalties were to America and there was nothing to worry about, they denounced the congressmen, comparing them to Nazis.

“You are using the old technique, which was used in Hitler’s Germany,” shouted Lawson. The congressmen, said the dedicated Stalinist, were “trying to introduce fascism in this country.”

As for Trumbo, he held nothing back. “You have produced a capital city on the eve of its Reichstag fire,” he lectured the congressmen. “For those who remember German history in the autumn of 1932 there is the smell of smoke in this very room.” Trumbo was venomous in unhesitatingly torching his opponents as “Nazis.” He wailed as he left the hearing room: “This is the beginning of an American concentration camp!”

The irony here was amazing and tragic. Consider: at that very moment the Soviets—who Dalton Trumbo was pledged to—were actually taking over Buchenwald from the Nazis and making it their own concentration camp.

But the irony was worse. Trumbo was prolific in numerous communist fronts, including the pernicious American Peace Mobilization, which Congress identified as “one of the most seditious organizations which ever operated in the United States” and “one of the most notorious and blatantly communist fronts ever organized.” Founded in 1940, the group’s objective was to keep America completely out of the war against Hitler, including no Lend-Lease aid to Britain as it was being savaged by Hitler’s war machine. Why? Because Hitler, at that point, was allied with Stalin. And for American Communist Party members, any ally of Stalin had to be their ally, period.

Because of this (and more) the likes of Allan Ryskind, historian of the blacklist and son of the late screenwriter Morrie Ryskind, has called Trumbo “Hitler’s Enabler.”

Much more could be said here. It took Congress pages to cover Dalton Trumbo’s communist work. My article cannot do justice to his prodigious efforts, from being pro-North Korea during the Korean War to anti-Churchill when the prime minister delivered his “Iron Curtain” speech. And after all of it, doing virtually whatever the Communist Party asked, Trumbo said he “never regretted” joining. “As a matter of fact,” he told biographer Bruce Cook, “it’s possible to say I would have regretted not having done it.”

That is the truth about Dalton Trumbo. Please take it with you into the theater.

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Selling Sanders, Socialism and Hypocrisy

Millionaire businessman Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was on CNN last week talking about his presidential candidate, career politician and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a “social democrat,” not a socialist. For his part, Cohen said, “You know, I’m a capitalist, clearly, and I support the guy.”

Capitalism has certainly been very good to Ben & Jerry. Their Vermont-based ice cream business is an American success story. But in 2012, they sold out to the British-Dutch conglomerate Unilever for a purchase price of $326 million. The result was that Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield became members of the one-tenth of one percent that Sanders rallies against. Cohen and Greenfield each has a reported net worth of $150 million.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the top one-tenth of one percent consists of 160,000 families with net assets of at least $20 million.

Unilever is worth $129 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Sounds like one of the big corporations Bernie should rail against.

During the Democratic presidential debate, Sanders said, “We’re gonna win because first, we’re gonna explain what democratic socialism is. And what democratic socialism is about is saying that it is immoral and wrong that the top one-tenth of one percent in this country own almost 90 percent—almost—own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. That it is wrong, today, in a rigged economy, that 57 percent of all new income is going to the top one percent.”

He called for a tax on Wall Street but not ice cream to pay for the free college educations he’s proposing for students. But a Wall Street tax would affect the 55 percent of Americans who report having money invested in stocks.

A popular Bernie Sanders meme notes that while he claims to want to get money out of politics, he bribes people with the promise of government benefits in exchange for votes.

What is clear is that Sanders, a true socialist, believes Americans have too many choices, and that apparently the government must step in to regulate and determine what’s best for consumers. “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country,” he told CNBC. “I don’t think the media appreciates the kind of stress that ordinary Americans are working on.”

Unilever, which owns Ben & Jerry’s, produces many different kinds of deodorants. Labeled “The World’s No. 1 Antiperspirant” featuring “body-responsive antiperspirant technology,” Degree is available in a range of formats for men and women. They include:

  • Degree Men Dry Protection
  • Degree Men Fresh Deodorant
  • Degree Men Adrenaline Series
  • Degree Men Clinical Protection

Sanders hasn’t said anything about too many choices of ice cream. According to published reports, there are about 40 varieties of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream available in pint form. There are reportedly 159 ice cream brands available nationwide.

One could easily argue that underarm deodorants and sneakers are more important than ice cream. But CNN’s Carol Costello didn’t make that point.

In fact, Cohen said his company has produced another flavor, a Bernie Sanders ice cream called Bernie’s Yearning. He told Costello that the giant chip on the top represents all the wealth that’s gone to the top one percent of the population over the past 10 years. “And the way you eat it is that you whack it with your spoon, then you mix it around,” he said. “That’s the Bernie Yearning.”

We are all supposed to have a good laugh about all of this. Except that in socialist Venezuela, which Sanders once praised for shipping fuel to New England, there is a shortage of toilet paper.

That doesn’t bother the Hollywood super-rich. Blogger Steve Bartin notes that dozens of “artists and cultural leaders” have signed up as supporters of Sanders’ socialist program, including comedian Sarah Silverman, once quoted as saying unborn children are “just goo.” Bartin cites a piece by Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds in The Wall Street Journal which says that Hollywood gets about $1.5 billion in tax credits and exemptions, grants, waived fees and other financial inducements. His source was a liberal group, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which noted that the funds could otherwise have been spent “on public services like education, health care, public safety, and infrastructure.”

In other words, services that could benefit what Sanders calls “ordinary Americans,” if only the Hollywood elite weren’t taking advantage of the taxpayers.

The Bernie Sanders campaign is proud of the Hollywood support. It says the number of “major artists from all genres of music, comedy, acting, writing, and producing” in support of Sanders has reached 125. They have their own special section on the “Sanders for president” website. Dr. Cornel West, honorary co-chair of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), is listed under the category of “academic/philosopher.”

Sanders supporter and Hollywood director Adam McKay, who with Will Ferrell, co-wrote and directed the films “Anchorman” and “Step Brothers,” said, “As artists and citizens we believe it is time for government to once again represent the people and not just big money. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate speaking against the widespread legalized corruption that has handed our government to billionaires, large corporations and banks.”

Columnist Doug Powers commented, “I assume liberal celebs are pulling for Sanders’ style of socialism because he’s going to eliminate the tax credit programs for billion-dollar entertainment corporations? That story line would be too unbelievable even for Hollywood.”

Taking the personal hypocrisy one step further, leftist filmmaker Michael Moore has been quoted as saying that Sanders won the Democratic presidential debate because he questions “the core system” of wealth and power in the United States. Moore’s net worth has been estimated at $50 million and he just went through a messy divorce, revealing that he had a 10,000 square foot lakeside home in northern Michigan once valued at $2 million.

Meanwhile, sniffing a story here, The New York Times has run a piece, “Bernie Sanders Has Fund-Raiser at Fancy Hollywood Home,” noting that the socialist finished up the debate and then raised money at the home of wealthy real estate operator Syd Leibovitch. The paper reported that tickets for the event sold for a minimum of $250. Those who spent the maximum, $2,700, or who raised $10,000, were invited to a special “pre-event reception,” the paper said.

It sounds like a special benefit for the rich and powerful.

The names on the host list included Marianne Williamson, the famous New Age spiritual teacher who has called for repealing Columbus Day. One of Williamson’s other political objectives being promoted by her Peace Alliance group is a federal Department of Peacebuilding.

Perhaps Sanders will promote that idea in the next presidential debate, after he bashes the rich and announces which brands of sneakers, deodorant and ice cream will go out of business under his administration.

When will the rest of the media follow the lead of The New York Times and expose this “man of the people” and his Hollywood backers as the phonies they truly are?

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Stunning Bernie Sanders Video From 1985 Just Surface- This Is Who He REALLY Is

Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist.”

He has stated: “Democratic socialism is taking a hard look at what countries like Denmark, Sweden, Norway (and) Finland…have done over the years and try to ascertain what they have done that is right, in terms of protecting the needs of millions of working families and the elderly and the children. And I think there’s much that we can learn from those countries that have had social democratic governments and labor governments or whatever.”

Has Sanders also spoken positively of more radical regimes such as Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba?

In a 1985 video discovered by CNS News, Sanders applauded Castro for having “totally transformed society” in Cuba.

He said: “In 1961, [America] invaded Cuba, and everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world.”

Sanders then stated: “All the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro. They forgot that he educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed society.”

He took a dig at Ronald Reagan, saying: “You know, not to say Fidel Castro and Cuba are perfect – they are certainly not – but just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people does not mean to say the people in these nations feel the same way.”

Cuba ranks dead last among 29 Central and South American nations in the Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom. It ranks one ahead of North Korea in the ranking of all countries.

In its background section on Cuba, Heritage describes the current economic state of the country:

Property rights are severely restricted. Fidel Castro’s 83-year-old brother Raúl continues to lead both the government and the Cuban Communist Party. Workers’ wages are not enough to live on, the agriculture sector is starved for investment, and tourism revenue is volatile. Under Raúl Castro, violent repression of civil society and of dissidents has increased dramatically. Much-touted ‘free-market reforms’ have proven to be cosmetic changes in what remains a socialist state.

Cuba is not the only communist state that Sanders has endorsed. He attended the celebrations for the sixth year of Sandinista control in Nicaragua. He also denounced the activities of the Reagan administration in Nicaragua in a letter penned to the people of that country.

Sanders also decided to take his honeymoon in 1988 in the Soviet Union.

During his time as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders formed an alliance with the Soviet city of Yaroslavl.

In an interview with the mayor of Yaroslavl, Sanders did say that housing and health care were “significantly better” in the US than the USSR, but then said “the cost of both services is much, much, higher in the United States.”

What do you think of Sanders speaking positively about Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Watch: Trump Fires 2 Brutal Words At Bernie Sanders- ‘Nobody Wants To Say It…’

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump called out Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders during his own campaign stump in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 14. Trump, the GOP front-runner, spoke before 5,000 people at his latest rally at the Richmond International Raceway.

“This socialist/communist ok, nobody wants to say it,” Trump said to thunderous applause. “Nobody has heard of the term communist, but you know what, I call him a socialist/communist because that’s what he is.”

Trump portrayed Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton as meekly following behind Sanders at the debate, offering to give away even more in federal programs because Sanders, who Trump referred to as a “maniac,” was making promises.

“The poor woman she’s got to give everything away because this maniac that was standing on her right is giving everything away, so she’s following. That’s what’s happening,” the Republican said.

Trump said Clinton doesn’t have a lot of options because her campaign has faltered in recent weeks. He continued to turn his scorn toward Sanders.

“He’s going to tax you people at 90 percent. He’s going to take everything,” Trump said.

Trump was also critical of Sanders in media interviews, saying he was too soft on Clinton regarding her own scandals. The FBI is investigating her private email server, and she will be testifying before a Senate committee regarding security and Benghazi. Trump has also previously stated that Sanders couldn’t control #BlackLivesMatter protesters at his own rally, so he wasn’t fit for securing the country.

The Republican presidential candidate had a chance to prove his point at the Richmond rally. #BlackLivesMatter protestors attempted to disrupt the rally, but were quickly removed by security.

Trump took a moment to commend his own standing in the race. He told those at the rally he would beat Clinton by at least five points in a head-to-head match up, according to the latest poll. He also said that he is doing well with the Hispanic population in the polls.

“They know I create jobs and they’re here legally,” Trump explained. “They want to keep what they have and they want to get better,” he said.

NYC Just Did Something Astonishing For One Of America’s Most Infamous Traitors

Ethel Rosenberg was sentenced to death for treason in 1953 by the US, along with her husband, Julius Rosenberg. She was convicted of helping pass atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

Now, she is being honored by the New York City Council.

Three council members praised Rosenberg, a Lower East Side resident, for “demonstrating great bravery” in her role in a 1935 strike against the National New York Packing and Supply Co. After she joined the workers’ union at that company, she became a supporter of the Communist Party.

The council members also said that she had been “wrongfully” executed by the United States.

Councilman Daniel Dromm, D-Queens, stated: “A lot of hysteria was created around anti-communism and how we had to defend our country, and these two people were traitors and we rushed to judgment and they were executed.”

Soviet spies such as the Rosenbergs were integral to Soviet efforts to build a bomb.

Because of their spying operations in the West, the Soviets knew of the Manhattan Project before even the FBI.

The Soviets ended up detonating their own atomic bomb in 1949, much earlier than expected.

At the peak of their arsenal in the 1980s, the Soviets had approximately 45,000 nuclear weapons in their stockpile.

What do you think of Ethel Rosenberg being praised by the New York City Council?