Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 17, 2015

Sol Dollinger interview, part two

Filed under: Cochranites — louisproyect @ 10:07 pm

In this portion of the interview, Sol Dollinger talks about:

–the role of the CP in the UAW

–James P. Cannon’s attitude toward the CP

–Sol’s hospitalization following a Nazi torpedo attack on his freighter during the Murmansk Run

–Meeting Genora Johnson

Sol Dollinger interview part one


  1. Fantastic! I can’t enough of this. I wish I had had the skill and talent to make these kinds of recordings of the many wonder labor radicals I have met over the years.

    Comment by Alan Wald — January 17, 2015 @ 11:32 pm

  2. Another important interview for the ages, Part 2 is every bit as interesting as Part 1. Sol Dollinger expresses himself with clarity and conviction and it is easy to see why he was a genuine workers’ leader.

    Comment by carlfinamore — January 18, 2015 @ 12:56 am

  3. He reminds me of my Dad, a CPer in the labour movement (I hope that doesnt hurt anyone’s feelings). This interview made me investigate a bit and I came across this fascinating link on Walter Reuther, a critique http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/2281

    I was especially heartened to hear Dollinger’s almost nostalgic admission that, to paraphrase, “militant left workers in the labour movement put aside their ideological differences to fight a common enemy” referring to the CP and Trotskyite of the UAW against the post ww2 purges of Unions.

    The link above also talks the labour movement and the struggle for equal rights, which reminded me: Our family had a very close bond with a Black American family, who my Dad befriended through struggle in the early days of Black unionization and militancy –. As the link describes, where other Unions and tendencies were “obtuse” (ie reactionary).

    And to put it into perspective: quoting James P. Cannon, “the CP entered the thirties-the period of great radical revival-as the dominating center of American radicalism. It had no serious contenders.” (Cannon, 1979). In other words, all these guys and gals were CPers at one time or other.

    So thanks for the video of Dollinger, I will now pursue my own nostalgia to read a Trotskyite! James P. Cannon’s book, to better understand the individuals of the time, and the struggles and complexities of my Dad!,,, As said of Cannon’s book: “The most penetrating analysis of the CP’s complexities (including both their perfidies and strengths may be found in Cannon’s writings.”

    Comment by seaspan — January 18, 2015 @ 1:30 pm

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