Pete as communist

Tom Fency tomfency at
Fri Jul 23 15:26:37 CDT 2004

Keep on working, lady:

"One of the most dangerous manifestations of monopolistic state capitalism
is the so-called military-industrial complex. Arms production generates
substantial profits for those who promote it. Hundreds of thousands of the
best brains and millions of technicians and skilled workers are employed in
it. The arms race is a suicidal policy the burden of which, should this
policy be pursued further, will incalculably aggravate the international
economic crisis. The arms race inevitably leads to war. And war, in
present-day terms, is a holocaust."

>From: "L. Bird" <pkeets at>
>Reply-To: The Who Mailing List <thewho at>
>To: thewho at
>Subject: Pete as communist
>Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 19:53:22 +0000
>>For many years Capitalism as a political system was defined by the
>opposition of Communism as advanced by the USSR and other highly socialist
>states that also used central planning instead of a free market economy.
>However, it's important to note that our US political system is a mixture 
>capitalist and socialist elements.  What we've been experiencing is not 
>England, BTW, went very heavily into a socialist system back in the 
>seventies, but was rescued from the typical stagnation of heavy socialism 
>by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.  Germany also runs fairly socialist, and 
>of course, I'm not sure Russia has completely given up on the idea.  They 
>just don't have the resources to provide social services right now.  The 
>problem for any economy is to find a good balance.
>I'm not sure if I posted it here, but I made some comment on Relayers about 
>Pete's political leanings, and here's what Brian Cady answered:
>>Here's a piece I wrote for another Who list about
>Pete's political views:
>Pete's politics (and the politics of The Who) is
>always an interesting subject. Just for the record:
>Pete was (is?) a card-carrying member of the British
>Communist Party. He has espoused Communism as a
>guiding principle from as early as 1966 and as
>recently as 1982.
>He is (or was until recently) a heavy contributor to
>the British Labour Party although he belittled PM
>Blair onstage during one 90's show. He also strongly
>praised the Clinton administration in a 1994
>However, he did write "Won't Get Fooled Again," which
>was an attack on the prime leaders of the New Left
>Movement. He may have done so because he disagreed
>with their methods in general but interviews with Pete
>tend to imply it was because they demanded that The
>Who do something Pete didn't want them to do; i.e.,
>dedicate the band to promoting the Revolution (John
>Lennon agreed to this; see, "Sometime in New York
>Pete is also a self-described "capitalist socialist"
>who lives as richly as he wants to live (with lots
>given to charity) but says he will gladly hand over
>his wealth to the central government come the
>revolution. And if anyone thinks "sure he will," Pete
>did stand by his word by refusing to leave Great
>Britain during the 1970's as many other rich rockers
>did to avoid the high taxes of the time, a refusal
>that probably cost him millions of pounds.
>To sum up: Pete does hold views that would be labeled
>"red" even in Europe, much less here, but the
>operative factor is more personal than political. If
>someone tells him he ought to be doing something,
>he'll denounce them no matter what their political
>leaning. Pete HATES being told what to do.
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