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Communism and the Tea Party

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(The following article was written by Gary North and may be one of the most important interviews you will read this year.)

What you are about to read is virtually unknown. Yet it is an old story.

I first read a version of this story in Douglas Hyde’s little book, Dedication and Leadership (1956). Hyde had been a Communist Party leader in Great Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. In the late 1940s he defected and joined the Roman Catholic Church. He wrote a fine autobiography, I Believed.

In 1962, he gave a seminar in front of priests and nuns. He called it Dedication and Leadership Techniques.  I own a photocopy of the minutes of that seminar. I have reprinted most of it. It is posted on my website,

This leadership training strategy, when coupled with Facebook (free), YouTube (free), (free), and Amazon S3 (dirt cheap), will work for Tea Party activists to begin to capture small counties that the Establishment ignores. There are over 3,000 counties in the United States. Most of them are like ripe fruit, ready to be picked.

This can be called the Wal-Mart strategy: build your organization in the sticks, where nobody notices until it’s way too late.

It can also be called the dogcatcher strategy. You can read about it here.

To work, this strategy takes dedication. It takes time. It takes perseverance. It also takes leaders. It takes the system used by the Communists to train their leaders.

The reason why it works is simple: nobody else has the same degree of dedication and perseverance.

In a world of television addiction, a dedicated person has the advantage.

How dedicated are you?

Here, I reproduce the section of Douglas Hyde’s manual on the story of Jim. If, after you have read it, you think it makes sense, email it to a like-minded fanatic.

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Let me give you the story of one man who came to the Communist Party and how we made a leader of him. You will note the stages in his development and the steps which the communists believe are required in the formation of a leader through instruction.

I had been giving a leadership course. I was the tutor. When I came to the last session, I ended it by saying what the communists the world over say: “The Communist Party is able to take anyone who is willing to be trained in leadership and turn him into a leader.” I will repeat that because the communists believe it. The Communist Party is able to take anyone who is willing to be trained in leadership and turn him into a leader.

You note the one qualification–if he is willing to be trained. That presupposes an attitude of mind which communist parties have to try to create.

I closed my series with those words; I got down from the platform. A new recruit who was doing the course came to me and said that he wanted to be made into a leader. He did not say it like that. It was not as simple as that. As I looked at him, I thought I had never seen anyone look less like a leader in my life. He was short, grotesquely fat, with a great, flabby, wide, uninteresting face, as unprepossessing a man as you will find anywhere. He had a cast in one eye, and the poor man had a most distressing stutter too, and so quite literally he said to me–I am not making fun of the man–”C-c-comrade, I w-w-want you t-t-to -t-take me and t-t-train me and t-t-to t-t-t-tum me i-i-into a l-l-leader of m-men.” I wondered how I was going to do it. I wondered why we had made that big claim of being able to take anyone who was willing.

Here was Jim, pathetically willing, but how were we going to do it? I thought, this is a challenge, and so I told him: “If you come to our classes, Jim, you will have to study. You will learn dialectical and historical materialism. From that you will learn that the very laws of the universe are on the side of communism. The law of change, progress coming through conflict, is something which we use, which helps us, which guarantees our ultimate victory, provided that we understand our communism sufficiently well.”

“You will see that there has been a pattern in history–running through history over the years, building up to the ultimate triumph of communism. We shall only succeed in our aim if a sufficient number of people are trained in leadership, understand the moment of opportunity and seize it when it comes.”

I gave him a hope; I gave him a goal. I gave him something to work towards, and I set out to give him confidence in himself. That is the first step on the way to making a man a leader. You must give him self-confidence.

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