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Political Affairs is the online magazine of the Communist Party USA network and has also appeared as a monthly journal since at least the 1940's under an earlier name. The network includes the Communist Party USA, the Young Communist League and Political Affairs.


The magazine works to provide analysis and investigate what is new and changing in the world, from a working-class, Marxist point of view.

It publishes "stories on struggling to defeat the ultra right in the Republican Party, strengthening the labor movement, winning the battle for racial justice, ending war and imperialism, winning women's equality, fighting homophobia and presenting working-class views of popular culture and mass media."

Political Affairs was cited as a Communist Party USA CPUSA publication several times as found in [1].

From The Guide we find the following citations:

1."Among publications which "are or were during their existence official and controlled organs" of the Communist Party of the United States of America. "The record is clear that the Daily Worker and Political Affairs are used as means to inform respondent's [the Communist Party's] membership on the 'correct' views and policies, as well as to spread propaganda in behalf of the positions and policies of the Party, including those positions designed to win over the working class."[2]

2. "Cited as an "official Communist Party monthly theoretical organ."

"Political Affairs, formerly known as The Communist, 'a magazine of the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism published monthly by the Communist Party of the United States of America,' now calls itself 'a magazine devoted to the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism." Its chief editor is Eugene Dennis, executive secretary of the party."[3]

Ethel Rosenberg Day of Justice

In 2015, Norman Markowitz of Political Affairs wrote an article praising the New York City Council for passing a resolution by Councilman Daniel Dromm honoring the memory of Ethel Rosenberg on her hundredth birthday. The article noted that Gale Brewer, borough president of Manhattan, then declared September 28 "Ethel Rosenberg Day of Justice in the Borough of Manhattan." [4]


2015 people

Editorial Collective

Editorial Board:

2010 people

2010 Political Affairs people;[6]

1998 people

As at August 1998, the following worked for the magazine:[7]

Editorial Board

Other Staff


The following contributed to the August 1998 edition of the magazine:[7]

Selected Issues of Political Affairs

"Political Affairs: Journal of Marxist Thought & Analysis", April 1971, Vol. L, No. 4 Self described as follows: "Political Affairs is published monthly by Political Affairs Publishers, inc., at 23 West Street, New York, New York, 10010. It's Allied Printing Trade Union "Bug" number was 209, i.e. that of the CP's Prompt Press shop.

Staff and Writers for this issue: (No staff listed)


Book Review:

Pomeroy joined the communist Huk HukbalahapAnti-Japanese People's Army guerrilla movement in the Philippines after World War II, was captured and jailed for a number of years. The Huks were created during WW2 by the Partido Komunista ng Philipinas . For a brief history of the PKP and the newer New People's Army , see the [{House Internal Security Committee report "Terrorism"[8]

"Political Affairs", May 1976, Volume LV, No. 5 - names of interest

"Political Affairs", September 1982, Volume LXI, No. 9

Editorial Board:

"Political Affairs" Journal of Marxist Thought, April 1991, Vol. LXX, No. 4

Editorial Board:

In Memoriam noticed about the death of Board member Thomas Dennis, 1918-11991

Address:Political Affairs Publishers, Inc., 235 West 23rd Street, New York,New York, 10011 (212) 989-4994 Printing Shop Bug 490M

Authors of Articles and Miscellaneous Items:

Mail Box:

  • James Lawler - "Marxism, Leninism and Stalinism: a reply to Goldberg and Godwin"

Cover Art:

External links


  1. Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications and Appendixes, House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA), House Document No. 398, December 1, 1961
  2. Subversive Activities Control Board, Docket No. 51-101, Report and Order with respect to the Communist Party of the United States of America, April 20, 1953, p. 6; and Modified Report issued December 18, 1956, p. 116
  3. Committee on Un-American Activities, House Report 1920 on the Communist Party as an Advocate of the Overthrow of the Government by Force and Violence, May 11, 1948, pp. 5 and 36; also cited in the House Report 209 on the Communist Party of the United States as an Agent of a Foreign Power, April 1, 1947, p. 25
  4. Ethel Rosenberg honored on her 100th birthday, accessed February 9 2018
  5. PA About, accessed October 2015
  6. Political Affairs-About, accessed november 23, 2010
  7. 7.0 7.1 Political Affairs, Vol. 77, No. 8, August 1998
  8. Terrorism, A Staff Study, House Internal Security Committee, August 1, 1974