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WHY COMMUNISM'S A BUMMER

In "The Commies Next Door" [July 28, 2010], the writer forgot to mention that Marxism's gulags and concentration camps make the National Socialist counterparts amateurish and inefficient.

Leave it to the upper- and middle-class liberals, progressives, and secular humanists from Beachwood, Berea, or Hudson to spawn the next generation of "working-class organizers." Before the commies move to Collinwood for street cred, they should keep in mind what Saul Alinsky had to say about such a move: "It is useless self-indulgence for an activist to put his past behind him. Instead, he should realize the priceless value of his middle-class experience. His middle-class identity, his familiarity with the values and problems, are invaluable for organization of his 'own people.'"

But this is much more difficult for a commie, because commies use class as the basis for hatred. I just can't imagine urban youth following self-hating suburbanites as they finally charge the barricades. Caleb Maupin got "hooked on" Marx, then "read his way through other communist staples." And like a true progressive-liberal-fascist ideologue, he probably never read Frederic Bastiat's The Law or Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson.

He could still do that in this country. He could never do that in his National Socialist or International Socialist utopia. Like all of their radical, liberal, fascist, progressive enablers, these next-door commies know that the truth can only be found on the left — in fact, the left has a monopoly on it, and the price is fixed.

Michael Varga-Sinka

Lakewood

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THE MOST RADICAL OF RADICALS

Caleb Maupin is not at all representative of the left in Cleveland. He's a member of the ultra-authoritarian Workers World Party, and he spends most of his time setting up front groups, using the names of organizations he's not a part of, and getting young people arrested for WWP publicity stunts. It is true that they exploited the Collinwood High School walkout for their own purposes. The WWP also likes to talk people up on how awesome North Korea supposedly is. There are so many other, more honest, and less outrageous leftists groups in Cleveland that Scene could spend time reporting on.

Drew Retherford

Cleveland

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ONE BOISTEROUS VOTE FOR METRO

Metro Bar + Kitchen is delicious, and I had an amazing time there ["Wishing Upon Stars," August 4, 2010]. The service and the food are terrific, and I love the decor — especially the big red chairs in the bar area! Such a fun place to go with friends for a good meal and amazing cocktails. I love Metro!

Kelly Matthies

Mentor

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