Readers Write: Fact-based information trumps insults


In response to Eric Cashdan’s June 18, letter “Responding to the Trumpian cult,” I offer the following from Rose Weldon’s July 21, 2020. letter “Blank Slate publisher featured in Washington Post”:

Joan Swirsky, an author and writer who has contributed to The New York Times and Newsday, among other publications, replied to the Post story in an email to Blank Slate Media.

“Only in my community of Great Neck (which I also call the Mecca of Marxism … it actually had a Marxist Forum for decades) is fact-based, conservative thought considered extreme and the oh-so-delicate sensibilities of the largely leftist population considered credible,” Swirsky wrote. “If it weren’t so dangerous to our Republic, it would be downright comical.”

Steven Blank said in an interview that he encourages those who are unhappy with the letters they read to write their own letters and “do it in a way that educates and explains why they believe it’s wrong instead of name-calling.”

I suggest that Mr. Cashdan and those interested read the following to be more informed:

Opinion | When New York City Was the Capital of American Communism – The New York Times (
When New York City Was the Capital of American Communism
By Maurice Isserman, Oct. 20, 2017
A great follow-up to the above article is:
American Marxism by Mark R. LeNew Hyde Park


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