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Do Card-Carrying Communists Really Carry Cards?

Yeah, that’s pretty much a question you known the answer to: no, and not many of them ever did. But the cliche came from somewhere, and Slate explains. Before Communists, the first “card-carrying” groups tended to be members of labor unions, and often members used the cards openly to claim union jobs. Perhaps the earliest  mention [...]